Outdoor Christmas Balls

2 Materials
1 Hour

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I've been on the hunt for glass globes all year. They are a cheap find at yard sales & thrift stores. As luck would have it, while I was working in the donation center at the living harvest thrift, 7 matching globe fixtures came into the center. My fellow volunteer kind of looked at me crazy when I said I would take all seven. We recycled the metal parts & I bought the globes.


- Glass globe, clear, white, or textured

- Metal tuna/chicken cans

- Looking Glass & sliver metallic spray paint

- White String lights

- Pine cones/rocks (optional)

- Large flower pot


- Throughly clean the glass globes inside & out, let dry

- Spray the inside with Looking Glass paint to give globes a mercury glass look

- Spray cans with silver metallic paint, let dry

Putting it all together:

- I laid a large flower pot on its side & positioned the glass globes as if they were tumbling from the pot. Two globes got lids (I only had two cans to make lids-the rest will be capped next year!)

- The globes were kept in place with pinecones & mulch (rocks could be used). My flowerbed slopes just slightly so I needed to use the pinecones to keep everything in place.

- Once positioned, I stuffed lights into each, using two strands for the display

That's it-I love the look & am so pleased with it.

Suggested materials:
  • Glass globe   (thrift store)
  • Christmas lights   (Home Depot)
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  • Carol Carol on Dec 13, 2015
    With the inside of the globes painted, I am surprised that light can come through. Is it bright enough?

  • Hildegarde Hildegarde on Dec 17, 2015
    This is just a beautiful idea that I will add to my vast well of ideas to implement at leisure. I'm sure these can also be used for solar lights, right? I will try them out anyway. I saw from the pictures that spray-painting them did not deviate them from lighting up - well done! Thank you so much for sharing. :-0)

  • Rii Rii on Sep 10, 2016
    How do they hold up with rain n critters. They are lovely.

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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on May 03, 2019

    Love all those ideas . Thankyou.

  • Grandmaquilts Grandmaquilts on Jan 11, 2020

    Our Habitat/Humanity Restore has lots like this/or similar. I have been trying "dyeing" glass with ModPodge -with a few drops of fool color. I found it on Pinterest. Amazing! I might try that on some for year 'round garden treatment.