One of the things I love about living in Boise’s North End neighborhood is the streets lined with big trees and diverse architecture. It’s a community that’s made for long walks and often where I get inspiration for projects. Such is the case with these DIY Concrete Landscape Balls.

I spotted these cool spherical landscaping accessories in a neighbor’s flowerbed and knew immediately that I wanted some for my own yard. Pricing them online was a real wet blanket to that plan though. My husband is a resourceful guy so we started brainstorming how we might make them ourselves. It took us a couple tries but eventually we came up with this winning solution.

What You’ll Need
• Glass light fixture globes
• Cooking spray
• Quick set concrete
• Concrete color (optional)

Start with several clean glass globes. I think it’s much more interesting in the final landscape if you can find at least a couple different sizes. This is a great thing to score at thrift and recycled material stores for a fraction of the cost of new.

Give the inside of each globe a generous spray of nonstick cooking spray.

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Mix the concrete a little soupier than you would normally. If it’s too dry the outside of the sphere won’t be smooth.

Add in concrete color now if you’re using it. You can have a lot of fun with this, mixing in more than one color or just barely stirring it in so that the end product has a nice swirly pattern to it.

Scoop the mixture into each of the prepared globes, filling all the way to the very top. Jiggle a bit to make sure all the air pockets work their way out and top off with more concrete if needed.

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Find a spot to prop up the globes so that they won’t fall over or be disturbed. I know this is going to be hard, but the longer you can leave them to cure, the better. I’m Miss Impatient but I try to wait at least five days.

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All that patience is about to pay off now. Holding the globe in a gloved hand, gently tap the glass with a hammer until all the glass breaks away to reveal your masterpiece. Repeat with the remaining globes.

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Find that perfect place in your landscape to show off your work of art. Who knows who else you might inspire.

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