How To Make A Gorgeous Garden Gazing Ball With These Easy Tips

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I had been wanting to make a garden gazing globe for a long time. There are so many wonderful examples on Pinterest and here on Hometalk. I am the kind of person that likes to figure out how to do things on my own by doing all kinds of research and through a lot of trial and error. After making a matching set of three garden gazing balls I am sharing with you my tips to keep it inexpensive, easy to do and end up with a gorgeous décor item for the garden.
I love how the black base complements the blue turquoise glass gems!
Buy Used At The Thrift Store
In the small town I live in we have a thrift store that only carries home building supplies. Builders and home renovators can drop off the surplus or gently used home items. The shop sells the donated items and after expenses all of the profits go back into the community to help qualifying residents with affordable housing. This venture also keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfill site and is filled with all kinds of treasures! This is where I found the globe lights and lights designed for chandelier hanging lights that I used as the base for the gazing ball. The pretty turquoise glass gems were purchased at the dollar store.
Use Materials Specifically Designed For Outdoors
When I glued the globe light and the chandelier light together I used a multi-purpose glue that also was designed for outdoor use. I also used a clear silicone to glue the glass gems that came in a tube much like a tube of toothpaste that was specifically designed for the outdoors.
Apply A Spray Primer First
Before applying the black gloss paint I applied a spray primer first. This step makes it easier for the paint to adhere to the glass surface. Both the primer and paint also helped secure the globe and chandelier light together.
Apply Glass Gems In Sections
This is not a project that can be completed in one session. If you apply all of the glass gems at once you will be dealing with a lot of slipping and sliding. Start at the top of the ball. Apply one glass gem in the middle and one ring of glass gems around the centre one. Then stop and go do something else for a couple of hours so the silicone on these first glass gems can set. Come back and apply another ring or two. Go do something else so this next section can dry. Keep following this procedure. It is slow in the beginning but once you get towards the end it will go a lot faster.
Use Blue Painter’s Tape
The blue painter’s tape has two helping jobs. It helps to stop the newly applied glass gems from shifting as you are working down the curved surface. Just remove the painter’s tape as each section dries.
It also works as a great little stand when you invert the gazing ball and start applying gems to the bottom area.
Keep It Neat
All you need is a little dab of silicone per glass gem for it to adhere to the glass. I prefer to apply this little dab to the flat side of each one and then stick each one onto the globe light. This is compared to smearing the silicone directly onto the globe and then sticking the glass gems onto the silicone. When the silicone dries it will be transparent. If you apply the silicone directly on the globe light first it will be invisible but the exposed surface areas will have a bumpy look and feel.
The last tip is to find a special place in the garden for your newly made garden gazing ball. I placed my set of three in the same garden bed! I have to admit they look really pretty when the sun shines on the glass gems!
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  • Christine Cajigas Christine Cajigas on Apr 23, 2018

    Is it imerative these be painted first? Also, can a light be added, by way of drilling hole in bottom for cord? So it can be lit up at night.

  • Julie Julie on May 09, 2018

    Beautiful but how did you decorate the base? it looks so intricate and professionally done.

  • Sandy Sandy on Jun 17, 2018

    I have 3 metal globes and have been wondering what to do with them this looks like it. Do you think all your material will stick to the metal? I would like to use them outside also..


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  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Jul 11, 2021

    I love it !! I have seen Bowling Balls done this way also ...I have a glass light cover that almost looks like a Mushroom ..I was thinking maybe doing this to it too look like a mushroom with the colored glass beads in red and white....then sit it in a base around my pine tree ....Yep that's what I'm going to do just need to find Red & White glass beads or maybe paint the ones I do have ...Thanks for sharing

    • Erin Erin on Aug 26, 2021

      Bowling balls don’t blow away!

  • Robin Robin on Jul 11, 2021

    These are so beautiful! I’ve thought about doing something like this with plastic light globes to add a solar light or solar fairy lights inside…. If could find some with the charger with solar panels attached, but outside