Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cement Garden Balls

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I made one of these cement “gazing” balls (you can’t really gaze into a cement ball, but you can gaze at it!) last summer and wanted a few more to put with it…

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I had been collecting glass light globes from auctions (my brother has an auction company) and the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Columbia.  After last summer’s project, I decided to find some that were made of a lighter weight glass.  The most I paid for one was $2.

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One warmer January day I decided to mix up the concrete and fill up the globes. 

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I put the globes on some bubble wrap in a box and an old wash basin.  After mixing and pouring the concrete I just let them sit for several days.  The first time I made a concrete garden ball I ended up with a zillion (or maybe more) little cuts on my hands.  When it came time to break the glass off, I taped the box lid up so it was a tall extension on the box.

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Then I put the hammer through a hole in a tarp, put a glove on my hand and started hammering away!  I broke most of the glass without even looking at the balls.  And the mess stayed inside the box so it wasn’t hard to clean up after I was done.  I had NO cuts on my hands. Yay!!

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Two of the globes had a longer “stems” so they are shaped like mushrooms.  I love the way they turned out.  The polka dot one is really cute and the one with the vertical depressions on it is really cool too!

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Eventually my plan is to have some of these sitting out with moss growing on them.  If I remember right though, the concrete needs to cure for a bit so  I left them outside today in the rain…seems like I read something about the pH of the cement or something like that.

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One of the balls is totally smooth and round…

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I probably got too excited about it feeling like spring, I put up the hammock and even laid in it for a bit. 

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Milo and the cats helped me with the photo shoot of course!

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As always!

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This is the one I made last year and the one below is one of the new ones…love the hobnail look!

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I might be linking to some of these great parties!

 

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43 comments:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh my gosh Ellen! I am making some of these this weekend!! So fabulous! I'll be seeing these featured everywhere...such an awesome project girl!

Diane Higdon said...

Love the idea...You are just way to smart! Will have to give these a try...Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Jody and Stan said...

Great idea and they look so pretty in the garden. New Follower.

Jody

Elise@growcreative said...

These are awesome! I love them all!

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

I love this! I don't think I'd be able to have them in my yard as I'd be worried about them being thrown through a window but they're fantastic!!

Jenn AJennuineLife said...

Those are amazeballs! Ha! Did you use quick cement or regular?

Bonny Yokeley said...

These are so unique! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Kilsdonk said...

OMG. These are WONderful! Thanks for sharing your instructions. Maybe someday . . . Linda @ www.paperseedlings.com

Vickie said...

I love these and now I can't wait to make my own. Anyone can have a gazing ball, but not everyone will have an AMAZING ball! Hahaha! Thanks for the tutorial. Saw you on 5days5ways.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

What a GREAT idea!! I also love the long steams to look like mushrooms!

Stopping by from Pin Me Linky. Alexis from Running Away? I'll Help You Pack!

Erin said...

Those are fabulous. I might have to try this and stain/paint them.

Bethany Lee said...

How clever!

Judy @ Season of Sweets said...

Fun and fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Well aren't those fun looking! I love the "polka dot" one :)

Marilyn said...

I know where I want to go the next time I go to town--the Habitat Re-store! I'll be looking for light globes so I can try this. Wonderful idea!!♥♫

Jenny Eanes said...

That is such a great idea! I've been wanting to make something out of concrete for a about a year now! Thanks for the inspiration;)

Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Your project turned out great! I've been wanting to try this idea forever, maybe now I will! I'm in Webb City, MO, BTW :)

Kathryn Ferrie said...

These are really cool! Great idea!

Rita said...

What a great idea for the yard and garden! Thanks for sharing.

Sam Dull said...

What a great idea!!! Will Pin it to use in the next few weeks!

Samantha D
http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

Donna Wilkes said...

I pinned this last year, but never got around to doing it. I am glad you solve the flying glass part of the project. I would like a whole bunch of these spread out in the garden. The polka dot one is my favorite. Pinning again!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love them!

Chrissy Jordan said...

I see these all the time on sale at Goodwill for pennies! I can't wait to make some with my son this summer!

I think I might color the cement too to give it a little something-something. :)

I'd love it if you would share this project sometime over are Parlo and LOGI for F-it Friday-
http://www.parloandlogi.com/category/f-it-friday/

Finding Home said...

These are fantastic - thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday! Take care, Laura

Bev Carter said...

Wow, I love these. I am always looking for ideas to put things in my garden that will last. I have several of these plain shades so I know what I will be doing. coloring the cement might also be fun.
Have a wonderful week,
Bev
@ Eclectic Red Barn

Jeannie and Linda said...

I love your garden balls and can't wait to make some! Thanks for the great idea!

Peace Always,
Linda at The French Hens Nest

BeBetsy said...

How amazing! So cool. Must show husbands! :) Thanks for sharing this on our Brag About It link party. Hope to see you Thursday for our big big co-host Favorite Things.

Really unusual and special! All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

Krystie said...

So
Glad you shared these! They are awesome!
I found your post at creative princess, now I'm your newest follower!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, HOW neat! and you've got some great helpers.

Linda Bouffard said...

Hi, Ellen, this is right up my alley! I have been looking for glass globes myself. I was thinking of doing mosaics on them or just painting them but I LOVE this. This is what I'll do doing when I find some globes. I found one last year and I put some Christmas lights in it and it lit the walkway all summer and Fall. I'll be featuring you tonight at the new Linky Party What to do Weekends and I am PINNING this project under gardens. Best wishes, Linda

Michelle L. said...

Brilliant way to use those useless orphaned light globes - I have a zillion of them! thanks for the great tips!

Fishtail Cottage said...

fantastic idea! please come over and share your gardening posts at Fishtail Cottage's garden party! xoox, tracie

Tammy Henderson said...

What a Great idea! Love them!

Lavender Cottage said...

These are so cool, and becoming trendy. The only thing I've ever made is concrete rhubarb leaf stepping stones. My recipe makes a coarser looking project, did you use a specific kind of cement? Also, I'm wondering if they would overwinter in southern Ontario where I live.

Fishtail Cottage said...

thank you so very much for sharing over here at this weeks first garden party of 2013! hope to see you again this week! hugs...tracie

BeBetsy said...

Hi!

You were featured at the BRAG ABOUT IT Linky Party at BeBetsy. Here is the link http://bebetsy.com/2013/05/06/brag-about-it-tuesday-linky-party-no-3/ and we also linked you up at our Pinterest Brag About It - so here you go! http://pinterest.com/bebetsydotcom/

Thanks for joining us and see you again soon - Sharon and Denise

BeBetsy said...

Hi!

You were featured at the BRAG ABOUT IT Linky Party at BeBetsy. Here is the link http://bebetsy.com/2013/05/06/brag-about-it-tuesday-linky-party-no-3/ and we also linked you up at our Pinterest Brag About It - so here you go! http://pinterest.com/bebetsydotcom/

Thanks for joining us and see you again soon - Sharon and Denise

pam {simple details} said...

LOVE your awesome garden spheres, they look like something from a high-end garden boutique ~ I can't wait to try it!

Nancy said...

These are great ! Found you from Simple Details blog!
xo Nancy
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Anna said...

Thanks for the tip on smashing the glass inside a box and wearing gloves. I have been collecting globes for this project all winter. Time to buy a bag of cement mix and give it a whirl.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

These are SO amazing!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow -- I would have never thought you could do such a thing! Fantastic!

Mandy Coffey said...

These are fantastic! It would be awesome to also stain the cement!!! Definitely am going to start looking for the glass globes

Mandy
Small Fine Print