Garden Gazing Ball

8 Materials
$10
4 Hours
Easy

I am super excited to show you guys this tutorial. If you have kids and a dog, you might have flat basketballs lying around the yard. I've held onto these basketballs with the hopes of finding a way to use them someday and that day has come. I decided to turn one of these flat basketballs into a gazing ball for my garden and am so happy I did. It turned out lovely and it was a great way to upcycle a useless item.

This basketball wasn't a ball that could be filled with air since our dog got ahold of it. She bites the balls once, ruins them and never touches them again. I used a knife to cut a small slit in the ball.

Pull out all those plastic bags (or anything else you have on hand) and stuff the ball.


I used a piece of Duct Tape to cover the slit and sprayed the ball with textured spray paint. This ball has three coats of spray paint and looks just like a cement.

When the spray paint was completely dried, I used outdoor paint to paint to decorate my gazing ball.

Paint your gazing ball and let dry.

Spray with a clear sealant and let dry.

Place in your garden and enjoy!


I have more outdoor projects on the blog, like this DIY Cuckoo Clock inspired birdhouse.

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  • Ejjemom0612 Ejjemom0612 on Jul 12, 2020

    How well has the paint stuck to the ball? Any peeling yet??

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  • Patty Patty on Jul 17, 2020

    Great idea! I'll be doing this one.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 29, 2020

    Love your thinking "outside the box". How cool would it be to paint it with glow in the dark paint! I have two solid concrete balls in my garden now that cost a pretty penny. Since seeing your post, they are going to become a family with some creative features. Those large exercise balls (often unused) would make a statement piece in a garden when decorated as you've done. Thanks for the idea!

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