Gazing balls are pretty yard decorations that can be made from a variety of materials. Some gazing balls are made of painted glass, while others have mosaic patterns. You can make an inexpensive, plastic version that looks similar to the glass gazing balls with clear plastic craft balls and some metallic acrylic paints. This craft is simple and both kids and adults can participate. It takes about one day to complete this gazing ball.
Paint the dowel rod with metallic acrylic paint. Use a foam paint brush to make the process easier and less drippy. Allow the dowel rod to dry for one hour before touching it. You may have to paint one half of the rod and let it dry before painting the other half to keep it from sticking to your work surface while it dries.
Open the craft ball. Drizzle two or three paint colours inside each half of the ball. Swirl the ball half around in your hand to swirl the colours. Be sure to get the paint to all edges and sides of the inside of the ball. Place the ball half's rounded side down on a flat surface to dry so the paint does not drip out of the ball. Allow the ball to dry for one hour.
Close the ball. Apply some fast-drying glue to the top of a dowel rod. Press the ball onto the top of the wood dowel. Hold in place for one minute until the glue sets.
Wrap a piece of copper wire, about one yard long, around the top of the wood dowel just under the ball. Wrap the wire around the wood several times in a spiral pattern.
Bring the wire up around the ball and loop it around several times creating a wire cage for the ball. Wind the wire around the dowel after every loop around the ball. Make a total of six to eight loops around the top of the ball.
Push the other end of the stick into the ground to support the ball. You may have to sharpen the end of the stick with a craft saw to make it pointed enough to stick inside the ground.
Things you need
- 3/8-inch dowel rod
- Acrylic metallic paint
- Foam paint brush
- Large, clear plastic keepsake or ornament ball
- Fast-drying glue
- 16 gauge copper wire
- Craft saw (optional)