Making a Garden Globe for Under $10

5 Materials
3 Hours

Garden globes are pretty accents for flower gardens. They come in a variety of different styles but unfortunately usually with a hefty price tag. I am going to show you how I made one using items from the Dollar store for under $10.00.

To begin this project you will need 1 styrofoam ball, and two bags of glass gems. They are flat on one side. They come in clear, blue or a green. I chose the clear for this project.

Step one is to remove the wrapping from the ball. I will be painting the ball.

I chose this spray paint I had left over in green apple color. You can use a craft paint or leave it white.

To make the painting easier I had a piece of garden wire left over that I stuck in the ball. You can use a stick, pencil etc. This allows you to turn the ball freely while spraying. After spraying I stuck it in the ground to allow the ball to dry.

So here is my ball painted.

Before you start to apply your glass you will want to have something to place your ball on. My mug is the perfect size, or you can use a bowl. This just prevents the ball from rolling around.

Now it is time to open your bag of glass and start applying to the ball.

I will be using my hot glue gun with gorilla glue sticks.

Starting at the top place a generous amount of glue on the flat side of your glass and press into place.

Continue gluing the glass and pressing in place going around the ball. You are going to have spaces, that is the purpose of painting the ball.

Here is the ball complete.

I found this candle stand at my local thrift store for $3.00. It is a perfect base for my globe.

I turned my candle holder upside down so that my globe will sit in between the legs.

This was a simple and cost efficient project. I love how it looks in my garden!!!

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  • Lucile Lucile on May 30, 2022

    It looks like a great idea for a rainy day!! My grandkids would love doing this too but do I have to use a glue gun? Would other kinds of glue adhere?

  • Nancy Nancy on May 30, 2022

    Will the styrofoam hold up when it gets wet?? And will the hot glue hold up in the heat?

  • Mcg22730319 Mcg22730319 on Jun 27, 2022

    I made this and it looked lovely but the glass marbles have fallen off twice.

    I followed all directions.

    What did I do wrong?

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  • Rosalinda Bittner Rosalinda Bittner on Jun 10, 2022

    I will try this in 2 or 3 different sizes. We have a huge yard.

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 16, 2022

    Be careful what kind of paint to use on styrofoam. Acrylic water based paints are perfect but you will have to see if they will last if hit with water after drying. You can see the pits in the styrofoam ball in several of the pictures because that particular spray paint is not water based. I do think a water based spray paint is now made, you will have to check. Some of the paints will actually keep eating away at the styrofoam because of the chemicals in them. You can Google info on this.