Garden art balls (spheres, globes) can be made from various repurposed items such as old bowling balls and glass lamp globes.
I’ll give you an overview of how they’re made plus some ideas for creating your own.
If you would like step-by-step instructions, see How to Make Garden Art Balls.
Making Garden Art Balls
You can cover a garden ball in anything that has a flat surface for adhesion and can withstand the weather.
This is the Adhesive I use
GE II Silicone Sealant – must be clear-drying, exterior use.
New to using silicone sealant? This provides tips to be sure you get the best results with this adhesive.
Ideas For Materials
- flat marbles (glass gems)
- aquarium pebbles
- wine bottle corks
- old costume jewlery
- mosaic tiles
You could also paint the globe or bowling ball or decoupage it with outdoor Mod Podge. There’s an example of a decoupaged ball below.
How is this different than mosaic art?
Garden art balls and globes like you see here are generally not made using any grout. Mosaics traditionally have ceramic (or other small) tiles attached to a surface. Grout is then used to fill in the spaces between the tiles.
With garden art globes, we use an all-purpose adhesive (GE II Silicone Sealant – clear drying) that forms a very long-lasting bond. The gaps between the flat-marbles (or other decorative item) does not need to be filled in to protect the art. Some artists choose to first paint their bowling ball or lamp globe so that any colour underneath shows through and becomes part of the piece. This is only necessary (or noticeable) if you leave some gaps between marbles.
That said, some artists like Karen Weigert Enos (see photos below) do experiment with a grout-like effect. In Karen’s work you’ll see tiny floral beads used to fill in spaces.
Want to make some? Free instructions for making Garden Art Balls.
Garden Art Ball Ideas
Empress of Dirt Facebook friend Karen Weigert Enos makes all sorts of wonderful garden art balls with very striking colour choices.
You can see an entire gallery of Karen’s work here including tips for making bowling ball globes like these ones.
This garden art ball has flat-bottom marbles (glass gems) on a lamp globe. The base is actually an old lamp from the 1970s.
Here’s another garden ball by Karen Weigert Enos, dubbed ‘Rootbeer Float’. Perfect name!
Empress of Dirt Facebook friend Louise is great at trying new garden art ideas. Here she has attached wine bottle corks to a garden sphere.
Decoupage Garden Ball
Empress of Dirt Facebook friend Pam used clippings from magazines to create this decoupaged garden ball. You can use regular Mod Podge to attach the pieces (and then weather protect them with polyurethane spray), or simply use outdoor Mod Podge.