I love garden gazing balls but I don't love the price. I made a variety of gazing balls for my garden, had fun while doing it, and used inexpensive items to get the look I desired.
Garden Gazing Ball Options
Mirror Gazing Ball -
I bought a large vase/fish bowl from the thrift store for $1 and sprayed the inside with Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and let that dry completely.
I turned it upside down and placed it on a plant stand I already had.
Hanging Floral Gazing/Kissing Ball -
Pull the flowers off the stems and hot glue them onto a Styrofoam ball. Add some twine to hang them from.
Hang them on garden hooks in your yard.
Gallery Glass Gazing Ball -
I found this glass sphere and a metal candle holder at the thrift store. I E6000 glued them together and let that dry. Using Plaid Gallery Glass, I dipped my finger in the paint and onto the glass.
Once the glass was coated, I let it dry completely.
Penny Gazing Ball -
I hot glued pennies all around a floral vase. I then coated the vase with Mod Podge Ultra so that the pennies would stay when the weather temperature fluctuates.
After that dried completely, I placed it on a copper pipe stand with my dish flowers. You can find more about creating dish flowers here - https://chascrazycreations.com/garden-flowers-made-from-dishes/
Cement Gazing Ball -
I mixed the cement mix and water to make a "mud" consistency. I placed it in a light fixture I found at the thrift store and let it dry.
I gently broke the glass with a hammer and removed the cement ball from the glass and placed it in my yard.
Table Top Gazing Ball (with light) -
I hot glued dollar store rocks on a dollar store vase/candle holder. After all of the rocks were in place I E6000 glued between all of the rocks to make sure they'd stick in the fluctuating temperatures outside. I let that dry completely.
I placed it upside down on a flat pillar candle holder base. You can add a light inside and it's absolutely beautiful. You can see more on this project here - https://chascrazycreations.com/table-top-gazing-ball-globe-globe/
Solar Light Gazing Ball -
I placed a light fixture I found at a thrift store on top of a solar light. I love the way it glows at night.
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Darlene on Mar 19, 2021
Hello. My name is Darlene and I am 75 years young. No I am not a old fart just a fun one. I love all of your projects and I am off now to the Dollar store. I'll book mark you and IF this turns out, I'll try to post the ball. This is my first computer I have a lot to learn. Thank you so very much, when God made you, He did a great job.
bye for now hon.