Garden Balls

So when I was at my mom’s house a while back, the kids and I decided to to a project for Nana. My mom loves to garden, so we thought a garden project would be perfect for her.

At Michael’s craft store I got some Styrofoam balls, grout, glue, stones, and various sized flat backed glass pieces. We started out by gluing the glass to the balls. we used E-6000 glue, which ate the foam a bit, but worked really well – I’m sure there is a glue out there that works perfectly for foam and glass, but the E-6000 did the job!

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Next we filled in all the blank spots with stones, we tried to use only flat stones, or we would squish any high points into the Styrofoam ball if needed.

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After waiting 24 hours we grouted the balls with black grout made from a powdered mix, we made it rather thick so that it really stayed in place in the whole ball and just rubbed it in with our hands. I waited about 5 minutes before I started wiping with a slightly damp sponge that I rinsed frequently.

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I thought my Mom would hide the balls amongst her plants, but instead she stuck them front and center by her front door. (Next to a plaque my big sister gave her!)

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The biggest ball was the one I made, and the other 2 are the kids.

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The grout makes them waterproof, so they will last just fine in the elements, and they are fairly light weight since they have a foam core!
I would love to hear from you if you like these, or even better make some of your own!

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