These gazing balls, perfect for gift giving, are super easy to create, and can be used in the garden or as a tabletop decoration.
It’s Tuesday’s In The Garden, and today’s theme is DIY Garden. I’m going to show you how to make a simple gazing ball with Mod Podge, neon food coloring, a clear plastic light fixture, and a dollar store vase.
Gazing balls were all the rage when I first started gardening, and when I started blogging I noticed a ton of DIY gazing balls. You may have seen them too. You know the ones made from bowling balls or light fixtures with marbles or gems glued all over. They are all so beautiful.
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Update: I’ve had the two gazing balls on my uncovered porch for a few months and they still looked great. However, when I placed them in the garden the smaller glass vase did start to melt a little and parts of it were white. The larger plastic version seems okay but maybe a little faded. I suggest that you place it in a shady part of your garden or try using paints instead of Mod Podge. You can also try spraying the interior with polyurethane, after it has thoroughly dried, to help maintain the color.
Start by mixing some of the Mod Podge and food coloring together in small cups. I stayed with the four colors that came in the box. However, they also have ratios for mixing even more colors from the original four.
Pour a little of each into the bottom of the ball and swirl them around.
Continue rolling the ball around, allowing the entire ball to be coated with the mixture. Add more of the colored glue mixture if needed.
Once it is coated place it on some paper and allow excess paint to drip out onto the paper.
Here’s what they look like while the Mod Podge is still wet. They look so pretty that I’m thinking about trying this with a white base next time. Maybe some white craft paint, or leftover house paint.
Here’s what it looked like the next day. This particular one is a little glass vase from the dollar store. It’s cute but has a flat top which is why I decided to buy the vinyl light fixture online for a true ball-like effect.
DIY Gazing Balls
They fix nicely on clay pots. My daughter suggested that I spray paint one of them gold. Good idea, huh?
Now I need to find the perfect spot in the garden, or maybe I’ll just keep them out as a cool tabletop decoration.
Now let’s see what my fellow Tuesdays in the Garden friends are sharing this week.
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Transplanting Tomato Tips @ Simplify Live Love
DIY Strawberry Towers @ Homemade Food Junkie
Adding Visual Interest to the Garden @ The Freckled Rose