Rock and flower gardens add curb appeal to the front of a house. The position of the garden and the types of items placed within the garden, determine the amount of emphasis placed in the area. The different heights of the items placed within a rock and/or flower garden add dimension to the area. The addition of a gazing ball on a pedestal adds height, texture and color to the area. Purchasing gazing balls is an expensive endeavor. Make a homemade gazing ball from an old bowling ball and glass pebbles. The process is simple and very rewarding.
Old bowling balls are found at garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets. The color of the bowling ball is not important. The bowling ball is covered with colored silicone caulk. Silicone caulk is available in clear and colored formulas. Choose a caulking color that coordinates with the glass pebble coloring.
Soft lint-free cloth
Gazing ball pedestal
Step 1 – Clean the surface of the bowling ball with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt and oil. Dry the bowling ball with a lint-free cloth. Allow the bowling ball to air dry for 15 minutes.
Step 2 – Place the silicone caulk in the caulking gun. Cut the end of the caulking tube at a 45 degree angle. The 45 degree angle allows for easy application of the caulk to the bowling ball surface.
Step 3 – Cover a 4-inch square of the bowling ball with a 1/4-inch deep application of silicone caulk. Place the flat surface of a colored glass pebble on the silicone caulk. Press the glass pebble into the caulking 1/8-inch. Place a second glass pebble next to the first. Press the glass pebble into the caulking 1/8-inch. Repeat the process until the caulked area is covered with glass pebbles.
Step 4 – Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until half of the bowling ball is covered with silicone caulk and glass pebbles. Allow the area to air dry for four hours.
Step 5 – Turn the bowling ball to the opposite side. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the remaining portion of the bowling ball is covered with white silicone caulk and glass pebbles. Allow the area to dry for four hours.
Step 6 – Place the completed gazing ball on a gazing ball pedestal. Optional: Make your own gazing ball pedestal from a wooden stump. Sit the stump on one end. Carve a domed depression in the top of the stump large enough to hold the gazing ball in place. Sand the domed surface. Apply a coat of weather resistant sealer to the wood. Allow the stump to dry thoroughly before placing the gazing ball in the cut out area.
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