MIY Mosaic Garden Gazing Balls with Recycled Plastic Balls

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Miycreations Project article and photographs

by Madeleine M Langlois, MaddyLane Designs

Mosaic Garden Gazing Ball ~ made with recycled plastic balls

For this garden decor creation, I recycled and use an old plastic toy bowling ball that my

young son was no longer using, plus it was dented, so instead of throwing it out I

transformed it into a garden marvelous mosaic decoration.

Hands-on time: Half a day

Total time: Needs 48 hours to cure

Skill: Easy skill,  patience is required

Materials & tools: - Protective eye wear and gloves - Tiles of your choice and colours and (broken in small pieces). I recycled tiles form a bathroom renovation and smashed them with a hammer - An old heavy towel - Hammer - Tile cutter or nipper (optional) - Plastic ball ( an ideal way to recycle old toy plastic balls) approximately 6 inches (15cm) in diameter - Jar lid from a peanut-butter container (to use as a stand) - Tile adhesive,  and or Poly tile grout by LePage available at hardware stores - Colored crystal accent pieces, available at Dollar stores - Glass beads, available at craft stores, dollar stores, florists and at pet shops - Mapei (fast-curing polymer tile grout) available in assorted colours at hardware stores - Old bowl or disposable container - Spatula or spoon - Ziplock bag and scissors - Flat rectangle sponge, or a sponge sanding block - An old toothbrush - Damp cloth, clean rags or paper towels Enchant your garden with mystic, give it spirit with a hand-crafted mosaic gazing ball. First you need to plan the design, colors and theme for your project. I made five flowers around the ball, using pink crystal petals, green crystal leaves, yellow glass beads for the center of the flowers, and electric-blue mosaic tile pieces placed around the floral design. I used leftover tiles from a previous bathroom renovation.