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DIY Garden Balls from Glass Lights

Give old globe light fixtures new life as decorative garden balls! A little spray paint will transform these upcycled glass lights into silver garden gazing balls.

Step 1: Gather your Supplies

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This is an excellent upcycling project. You can often find glass globe lights at local thrift stores, or reuse glass from a globe light fixture after a remodel.

I prefer the spheres that are truly round on the top, like those from outdates bathroom lights. Small fish bowls or other spherical glass orbs work well too.

  • Upcycled or new globe glass light fixtures
  • Metallic spray paint in your chosen color
  • Clear acrylic sealer spray

Step 2: Prep the Glass

Soak your garden globes in hot water, adding a little baking soda to the hot water to help ease any extra sticky stuff like price tags. Use dish soap as needed to get rid of any remaining dirt.

The cleaner the glass, the better the finish.

Step 3: Spray Paint your Garden Balls

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Here’s where the fun truly begins! Grab your chosen metallic spray paint, I really like the Rustoleum spray paint for glass and plastic.

In a well-ventilated space (outside), apply thin, even layers, exercising patience and restraint. If you spray too much at once, or too close to the glass, you may get drippy spray paint (ask me how I know!).

Allow each coat of paint to dry thoroughly before adding more.

Step 4: Topcoat your Garden Balls

If using a spray paint designed for indoor projects, it’s really a good idea to add a clear top coat to protect the shiny finish. Rustoleum 2X Clear is great here.

Step 5: Plant your Garden Balls

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With the drying process complete, it’s time to plant your garden balls. Place them atop decorative pedestals or tuck them in with your plants. Mine are adding a little shiny to the peonies along the front of our home.

I just love how these larger garden balls coordinate with the smaller silver garden spikes in the planter nearby. Checkout that post here.

Happy Crafting!


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