How to Make Garden Ornaments

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No lawn or garden design is complete without lighting, accessories or yard art to create a unique atmosphere. Strong garden decor such as obelisks, statues and urns can offer a focal resting place and create an interesting view. Try this simple 'make at home' idea for easy garden ornaments. Then look around your garden for a bare spot or an area that simply needs jazzing up and let your creativity inspire you.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam balls of varying dimensions
  • Liquid glue
  • Loose glitter
  • Various lengths of wire
  • Sealant
  • String lighting
  • Luminaries
  • Hurricanes or vases
  • Decorative stones
  • Floating candles
  • Water
  • Lightly coat the first ball with liquid glue, roll it in colorful, festive glitter and let dry.

  • Once completely dry, coat the ball with a weatherproof sealant and let harden.

  • Repeat these steps on a variety of ball sizes using complementary colors of glitter.

  • Wrap the finished balls with thin wire and hang them from trees to create a focal point in the back yard. It's best to cluster the balls together (among trees that are in close proximity of each other) for maximum visual impact.

  • Next, add string lights to warm and enhance the ball-art and dramatically accent your selected focal point. Lighting dances off the glitter balls creating a festive, lovely atmosphere.

  • Place decorative stones in the bottom of hurricanes or vases, fill with water and add a floating candle for even greater impact. Alternatively you can use luminaries in colors that compliment the hanging balls. Strategically place hurricanes/luminaries to emphasize the garden design.

Tips & Warnings

  • Compliment your existing landscape.
  • Let your imagination be your guide, there are no wrong ways to be creative.
  • Remember not to leave candles unattended for extended periods of time.

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