garden gazing ball
Would you like to make a Garden Gazing Ball for your garden? This is an easy craft that will make a beautiful decoration for your garden. It's made from an old bowling ball so there's no worry about breaking this Garden Gazing Ball like those you buy in the stores!The first thing you'll need to create your garden gazing ball is an old bowling ball. I found mine at the local St. Vincent DePaul store for $1. Keep your eyes open at garage and yard sales. Or ask your local bowling alley if they have any old bowling balls they need to get rid of.
Materials Needed to Make a Garden Gazing Ball:
Old bowling ball
All-Purpose Construction Adhesive-indoor/outdoor, in desired color
Glass marbles-Michael's or most dollar stores
Instructions to Make Your Garden Gazing Ball:
Once you've found your bowling ball you need to wash it with hot water and soap. Let it dry thoroughly. Apply rubbing alcohol to the bowling ball to remove any residue that is left after washing. Set your bowling ball into a small bowl to keep it from rolling when you are working. Make sure the bowling ball's finger holes are on the bottom.
It's best to plan the design for your Garden Gazing Ball on paper before you start to work on the bowling ball. Draw out flowers, swirls, butterfly, whatever you'd like! It will give you a visual to work from when you are making your Garden Gazing Ball. Let your creativity shine.
You may want to wear gloves as this can be a messy craft project. Start by applying the construction adhesive to a small area on the top of the bowling ball. Set the glass marbles into the construction adhesive to create your design. Keep applying construction adhesive and glass marbles until your Garden Gazing Ball is covered. I leave a small area on the bottom of the Garden Gazing Ball uncovered as it will sit in the dirt there anyways. Let the adhesive dry for several days before putting your Garden Gazing Ball outdoors.
Your Garden Gazing Ball will give you years of enjoyment when you see it shining in the sunshine amongst your flowers!