Easy To Make Garden Gazing Ball Stakes!


This is such a easy craft to do! Have fun with it…you can 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 used the Rustoleum Mirror Effect paint on all to give it bling!

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These are the dowels I purchased at Walmart: I tried to find these on their website, but I couldn’t find these. They are in the craft isle where wood crafts are. They are 36″long.gazing-ball-stakes-crafts-gardening-how-to-1

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..I carefully stuck the skewer inside the ball. If you have thin ping pong balls, start the hole with something sharp first. These balls were okay.

(and if you ding the ball just use the skewer or the dowel and poke from inside to straighten out the ding.) Next I put all the balls on! If you happened to make the holes too big and the balls are sliding down, you can use a dab of glue, just make sure it is glue used for the outdoors. A silicone glue is best. E6000Goop, are just a couple. They have to withstand water, and heat. So hot glue is not recommended.

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If you are placing these in a container plant, you can shorten the stakes.

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I then stuck them in a chunk of styrofoam and sprayed the balls and stakes.

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I waited overnight for them to dry, then I put them in my garden….bling! 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.
I was thinking of the sticks being put in the soil…and exposed to water…so I took a empty plant container (kind you get when you purchase a plant) and filled it with small rocks. You could use a empty food can also. Just make sure the circumference is large enough for the stakes to be put in at a good angle.
I didn’t have a wide enough can so I used the empty plant container. I filled with rocks.

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I realized the pot would have to be higher than the ground surface. I didn’t really want the top of the pot sticking out, so I glued on some marbles around the perimeter. I then buried the pot up to the rim.

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Then I thought…I think I will fill the top with the vase fillers (The glass fillers you can purchase at the dollar store.) This is what it looked like when it was finished…

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So what do you think? You don’t have to worry about the sticks getting in water. The bottom of pot has holes, so if water does get in the there, it will travel through the rocks and drain into ground underneath pot.
thank you….enjoy creating your own

These dance and sway to the breeze….looks so pretty….lots of sparkle like those glazing balls!

I made another set of colorful gazing balls using the same tutorial, but using garden patio paint in different colors:

Now I know some readers are 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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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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45 Comments

  1. Kelley I do have to say that you have converted me today! I have rarely seen a gazing ball that was not tacky or placed appropriately in a garden!

    Yet these mini globes clustered together are fantastic and an amazing project for the whole family. I mean what kid doesn’t lOVE the idea of playing with a giant can of metallic spray paint.

    The easy to follow, visually intriguing steps are well thought and explained.

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I just love the whimsy of these. Your kids might want to use glow in the dark paint in colors so they can watch them ‘dance’ at night. I would love to see what your kids do with this idea! At Halloween, they can make little ghosts .

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      1. Kelly, I have always prided myself in spending quality time with the kids, I mean that’s why I semiretired when we adopted them. I want them to remember how much time we spent with them. Now that I am launching my new lifestyle and Food brand in a few days I have to schedule things out a bit more and so thought I would save this project for Halloween (funny you say the same) and have them do light up Jacko lanterns using the guts from solar powered garden lights on the inside and line the drive way. Maybe we could work on the project together via FaceTime and you could write about it afterwards. Just a thought. If you want to chat more feel free to text my cell at 717-592-0106

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      2. Thank you Ardynn. I am retired and just enjoying my granddaughter. I look back at when my children were young with such happiness in my heart. I loved all our camping trips, I think those are some of the most memorable. We went camping twice a month. It was 3 of us girlfriends and kids.The best of times. Who am I kidding…it was all incredibly awesome!!!!

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      3. Actually Ardynn is our core brand name, I am Michael Harris-Arzon. My husband and I adopted our three kids later in life and I semi-retired to raise them and am just now going back to work full-time. We are launching our new Simply Ardynn magazine today. The best thing is that the kids had such a hard time with the idea of me going back to work full-time that they asked if they could be a part of the project. So we did a lot of talking and thinking and they each have a role to play now and officially own 10% of the company. What ever i have to do to spend more time with them I will.

        if interested in a sneak peak check it out at simply ardynn.wordpress.com quite proud of it

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      4. When I had my boys I wanted to stay home. I did for 4 years. When my husband passed, I had to go back to work. I was a psychologist and planned my work day around their school schedule. I know what you mean, you want to spend every moment with them!

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      5. I agree, it took us 20 years almost to become parents and when it did happen I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could with the kids. Every minute counts and so many parents don’t have time today

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      6. It is sad, truly. Gone are the days where the mom stays at home and the dad works….It’s that age old saying it’s the ‘quality of time’, that is spent with your children.

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