Wednesday, May 29, 2013

diy restoration hardware garden spheres...

Restoration Hard(to swallow these prices)ware's Stone Garden Spheres are a great accent in
 gardens, or on decks and patios, they add interest in a classic, serene style.  I love outdoor accessories or yard art, but too much of a good thing can take your space from classic to
 cluttered and cutesy in no time. These were quick, easy and inexpensive to make!
 The beauty of this project is any form works,
 leaving you free to be creative and chose anything that fits your style.
Notice my weak attempt at being creative on the left. :)


Restoration Hardware Stone Garden Sphere 
18", 22" and 27" diameter
 currently reduced to $140 - $315
constructed of resin, withstands freezing temps, no two are alike

Restoration Hardware

 My DIY Concrete Garden Sphere
8", 10" diameter - smaller than RH
 $10 for all 5 (three round, two quirky) 
constructed of concrete, withstands freezing temps, no two are alike :)

Supplies:

Lighting globes, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store sells them for $2 each,
 the day I went they were 20% off, any size or variety you like works.
 Easy to find at thrift stores, as well.
Quikrete Concrete Mix - $4 for 80 lb. bag, I used half.


Two of the globes I chose had holes in the bottom, I covered them with duct tape, then
 nestled my globes in a box with newspaper to help stabilize them while filling with
 the mixed concrete. Mix should resemble peanut butter, I slowly added water, mixing
 until it reached the desired consistency.


Use a stir stick and shake gently to be sure any air bubbles are eliminated. 


Let dry 24 hours.
 While wearing heavy gloves, one at a time, I placed the globes in a heavy duty garbage
 bag in a box, and lightly tapped the outside with a hammer to break up and release the glass.
 Be careful as the cut glass may pierce the plastic.  


When the glass has broken free from the concrete remove the sphere.
Continue with the remaining spheres. I carefully disposed of the box and bag in
 another heavy duty garbage bag.   

Here are some ideas from our garden...I like them nestled in with the herbs 
and perennials. I think I need a few more! 





   

  I was inspired by these clever bloggers, stop by and check out their spheres:
Ellen @ Creative Passage here, found some amazing shapes!  
Design Gal & Her Handyman & Baby here

Join me for more inspiration at:

The Inspiration Gallery here

80 comments:

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Pam, you are a genius! What a fun and creative project, I love your concrete spheres!

Nancie N Bartley said...

I'm wondering if you could make these in old basketballs or soccer balls? our dog has destroyed so many-we have plenty of "forms" if it would work. Cut a small hole in one end and fill with concrete, then just cut the ball in half when done. Wonder if you would need to spray inside it with "Pam" or something first? just thinking how to make them larger.
Great idea. I love a project that gets me thinking beyond the "this is how you do it" stage to "what else can I do with this?" .

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Great job, Pam. I would never spend those prices, either. You made it look so easy.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Love them! Your outdoors are going to be fabulous this summer!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

I'm so loving this! And this is one of those projects that I'm seriously considering doing myself now. I love when they age with time too.
They are awesome!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I love these Pam! I just checked out the other 2 blogs and theirs look awesome as well! I think I have the exact spot for these!

Unknown said...

Those are so clever! I always see those globes at Habitat and wonder what to do with them, now I know. Love a little "art" in the garden!

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

What a clever idea, I love it!

Cindy @ a curious gardener said...

The things I learn from you! So clever you are and I love how subtle they are mixed with plants and your stepping stones in your garden. We use concrete planters, these would be such a nice accent. Your step by step instructions and photos give me confidence.

We are heading south for a few days. Was bummed to hear of your lilacs and apple blossoms with the funky CO spring weather. Always next year!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

Very clever, my friend!! So smart! These turned out great!

Dana Frieling said...

I love these! And, I also love your rename of RH. ;)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love fun accents in the garden. These are really cool!

Cassie Bustamante said...

LOVE this, pam! wow- what a great money saver!!!!

Unknown said...

Love this idea (and your clever name for RH!)

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Pam! Seriously, these are amazing. I love them. I've been thinking about making myself some concrete planters this year, but I like these too! Now I have to decide.....

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Clever.....very clever!
Amazing what one can do!

Karen said...

What a great idea! I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy said...

Pam, I love you!! You have NO idea how happy this makes me!! YOu see I've been looking at those concrete garden spheres trying to rationalize the purchase (wasn't going to happen... because baby needs new jeans... yeah for losing weight & getting fit!!!) And here you came to my rescue!! Now to make the hour trip down to H for H... or check out yard sales!!! This is just so incredibly wonderful!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Smarty Pants! I love those! What a cheap, easy way to add some serious style and interest to the garden!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Their prices are outrageous sometime...very smart!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Once again, you're brilliant. I'm afraid my son and his friends would use them for shot put or bocce balls, but it's worth the risk!

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High Cotton Style said...

So clever! I definitely want to try this out!I bet growing moss on them would look great too!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

Man you are industrious- I love the end products!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

These are fab little guys! They really look great everywhere, I love the rough dull texture. The perfect compliment to lush greenery.

Unknown said...

I am so impressed I can't stand it. I love those cement balls! I wonder if a big plastic ball would work, or would it not hold it's shape. Great job Pam, love love it!
xo Nancy
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Anonymous said...

These have been on my to-do list forever! I'm glad to see they turned out so beautifully for you :)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

BRAVO!!! I think they look better than the RH ones!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

You are so clever. I love your re-make! I am totally going to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

These are amazing...great job and love how you placed them throughout your garden!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Awesome idea! Love these - I gotta do this one. And I loved how you added the (to swallow the prices) ;) You are so right!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

PAM!!!!! omg you are such a talent! seriously. i wanna do this now. and ps -- i so wish you were closer. we could do these project weekends with wine!

Babs said...

Could you make them out of balloons?

Shan @ Design Gal said...

thanks for linking back to me! great blog! :)

Christine said...

These are totally cool!

To the lady wanting to use old balls for molds, spray your mold with cooking spray, because something things stick and you cannot get the mold off.

I love your garden!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I just happen to have a globe light in the basement.

Anonymous said...


This is great, I'm going to try it using Hypertupha and see if it works . Not as heavy but enough to keep them in place. I'm phyically handicapped so I would need to tweek the mix a little so it won;t be so heavy. Thanks for the idea.

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Bliss said...

These are excellent. Not only am I pinning them, I'm going to make some.
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My Repurposed Life said...

found you over at beckie's knockoff decor. this is perfect timing. I'll be replacing a step soon, and I've been looking for things to do with any leftover concrete after pouring the step.

love your projects!
gail

Jan said...

Found your project at Knock-off Decor.com What a great response you generated, and well worthy of it too. Those are the coolest things. I'd love to add some to my garden, now the issue of hunting down some globes to put some concrete in. I don't drive, so it's not easy to get around to places where I'm apt to find such things at a low price. I'm wondering if you sanded or smoothed down the "foot" that was left over from not putting the concrete into a "perfect" sphere? I'm thinking maybe some kind of hard rubber toy ball that I could cut a hole into, slowly spoon the concrete mixture inside, tapping it down to get decrease air-bubbles, and then putting the "lid" back on and letting it cure a good long time? But how would I get the rubber ball off the concrete. Hmmm - some kind of greaser-upper maybe, inside the ball before I put the concrete in? A potato peeler - giant size? I need to think abou this some more. Thanks so MUCH for the inspiration, I love what you did and I want some for myself!

Unknown said...

Im going to try some old balls. I hate to turn one thing into trash to make something pretty. Messes with my green, keep out of the landfill mindset. Ya know?

CK SN said...

For a more rustic (and usually totally free!) approach, you can get large, nearly round boulders/rocks and place them in your gardens. Too many and it looks like you forgot to clear the landscape. Just enough and it looks sculptural :-)

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Splendid Little Stars said...

great idea and tutorial!
I'd love to make these!

Brandi said...

I had your page up and my husband started browsing your blog and really loved your tutorial. Just wanted to share that with you!!!

Laura Everyday Edits said...

Love this! On my list! laura {not a trophy wife}

last minute lynn said...

Fabulous! I am feeling inspired by your post. I was wondering...you removed the glass in 24 hrs, do you think there is any reason to leave the glass on longer? I was thinking the cement could still be wet closer to the center.

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