If you have read my post “Just Add Water”, you have already seen my whimsical cement garden spheres.
And if you have been in my backyard lately, you know that they still look exactly like this. Yep, that’s right, I have done nothing to them to make them any more whimsical. That’s because I was busy finishing my other garden sphere project.It started with a styrofoam ball, painted blue. In case you’ve never painted a styrofoam ball, you will find it easier to poke a stick into the ball before you start. That way you can turn it all around without getting (too much) paint all over your hands.Then you have to put it somewhere so the paint can dry. To be honest I kind of liked they way it looked just with the paint.The next thing you need is glass gems, which you can get just about anywhere. I mistakenly thought this glue would work on styrofoam, but I have to say I found it a bit problematic. It tends to eat into the styrofoam, and I noticed the gems just kind of slide down the side of the ball unless you hold them for quite awhile before letting go.In case you haven’t figured out by now, this is NOT one of those regular DIY craft blogs. That means if you want to try any of the projects on my blog, you would do well to look up an actual expert DIY post and follow their directions. I mostly show you how I did mine, and what the results were. Whether or not I followed the directions is always open to speculation.That being said, it kind of helps if you clear off a space on your craft table before you start.So about halfway through it dawned on me to add glitter glue in between the gems…If you look closely you can see the glitter.Because of the way the gems slide off the ball before the glue dries, it took forever to finish this “easy” project. You can really only put a few gems on at a time and wait for the glue to dry before adding more.Here’s how it looked about three fourths of the way done.I have to say I do like the way the close up photos turned out. It’s finally finished! I have to say I don’t think I’ll make another one soon, at least not out of styrofoam. But it was at least worth a try.
There’s more to this story. Suffice it to say that it involves both the front and back yards, glass gems, grout, and, well, let’s just say “To Be Continued!”