Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA but things have been hectic with back to school time around here. I hope to start posting more regularly starting this fall!
Anyway, I have been meaning to share this project for ages. Given that the summer and garden season is about over, you may need to file this one away for next year, but here it is. I was inspired by Pam over at Simple Details to re-create these DIY Restoration Hardware garden spheres.
Restoration Hardware sells these garden spheres for $125 to $212 a piece (on sale). They are a lovely way to add a classic, neutral, architectural item to any garden. They look amazing standing alone or nestled in among plants or flowers.
While they are lovely, hell would freeze over before I would spent $125 a piece! That is where this DIY comes in that uses concrete mix and lighting globes to attain the same look for less.
Here is what you will need:
Lighting globes (the glass fixtures that go over light bulbs)- they sell for about $2 at thrift stores or Habitat for Humanity Restores
Concrete Mix– I used less than half of an 80 pound bag of Quikrete concrete mix
Plastic garbage bags
FIRST, I put the globes in a box with newspaper to help stabilize them as I put the mixture inside.
SECOND, I mixed the concrete. I followed the directions and added water until it reached its desired consistency. It should resemble peanut butter.
NEXT, I poured the concrete into the globes and stirred it gently to eliminate any air. I then let it sit overnight.
FINALLY, I placed the globes inside a box lined with garbage bags and took a hammer and lightly tapped on the globes all over. The glass gently cracked away and I was left with the concrete globes. Here is what they look like.
This project was tons of fun (who doesn’t love letting out aggression with a hammer) and was super inexpensive. It cost me about $2 per globe. Not bad compared to the original.
Have you ever tackled a garden DIY? This was my first and I can’t wait to make more.