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Colorful Gazing Balls

Since posting the original ping pong ball gazing balls, https://kelleysdiycom.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/gazing-ball-stakes-4/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true so many readers were wondering how they would look with bright colors….so here it is in Hot Pink, Neon Yellow, Apple Green, and some turquoise and blue…

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This is such a easy craft to do! Have fun with it….you could  also try glow in the dark paint also….. I found the ping pong balls at the dollar store. I purchased the thinnest dowels they had at Walmart only .19 each. These ping pong balls are a bit thicker than regular ping pong balls…and that is even better.  I took one of the skewers…. I had some left over from my mirror creation. With the sharp end I poked through the ball….It worked….

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(and if you ding the ball while putting in the skewer…. just use the skewer or the dowel and poke from inside to straighten out the ding.)

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Next I put all the balls on!I then proceeded to paint the balls and stakes. Tip: Be sure you have the balls positioned where you want them before painting, otherwise if re position them, you will have to paint the area where the ball was covering.

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And now you paint the balls in any color you want. Be sure it is Outdoor Paint. when the Paint has dried, I sprayed them with 2 coats of Rust oleum Clear Coat. That will help protect them in the elements. This patio paint is less than $2 at Walmart

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Now I was thinking of sticking these out in the garden soil,but it might be better to bury in something else, to protect from the environments. So…After I painted the sticks and balls, I took a old plastic pot (the kind you get when purchasing a plant, but you could use any plastic item. I filled with rocks. I then stuck the balls in that. Then dug a hole to fit the pot and buried it to the rim.

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Well, after going  through all that burying the pot….I decided to move it. I had just painted the front doors a gorgeous blue, (actually I liked the blue in the balls, so I had the paint mixed to match. So I then placed it inside a pot by my front door.

The first week, I noticed some neighbors looking really hard trying to see from a distance what they were. So many people have commented on them. When there is a breeze they move ever so gently…

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This is a very easy, inexpensive, project that will add so much color to your garden. Wouldn’t these look pretty near a water feature?

 

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21 thoughts on “Colorful Gazing Balls

  1. Love these! The link to your previous post didn’t work for me though. It said the page could not be found. Just thought I would mention it in case it happens to other readers too.

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  2. Kelley, I remember when you post this on Hometalk and I loved it, then and wrote down all the directions, I made a few and it was fun doing it. I placed them in one of my large flower pots and I loved them so much I plan on making a bunch more for my flower beds, but I want to use metal instead of wood because we get so much rain here I I want them to hold up. I think maybe wire hangers would work, maybe.

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