Thursday, June 20, 2013

~thrifty Thursday~{working with concrete}

Here's a fun little thrifty Thursday project that is also a Restoration Hardware knockoff.
Have you seen these spheres at Restoration Hardware with a hefty price tag?
On sale they are $140-$315~ouch!

 I found these old globe light fixtures at a thrift store.
Actually I found one at a thrift store, {$7} one in a free pile at a garage sale, and one I ended up buying at Home Depot. {$9}

Buy your desired sizes and make sure they are perfectly round.
 Then you will need some concrete mix.
I got mine here.
 Start by placing the glass globes in a box with the hole up, 
surrounded by newspaper or bubble wrap. 
Anything that will help keep them upright.
 Mix your concrete in a bucket with a little water.
It's kinda like making pancakes~only don't eat this, it won't taste as good.
A little water goes a long way.
When it becomes pancake batter consistency, you are good to go.
 You can scoop it in the globes, or pour it in.
I actually ended up using my hands, but I needed some serious lotion afterwards.
I used a paint stir stick to make sure it was in evenly.
Then kinda wiggle it to settle the mix. 

Let this sit 24 hours, or at least overnight.
 Once dry, this is what they will look like.
 One at a time, place them in a heavy duty garbage bag, grab your kids,
 and let them break the glass with a hammer. 
Remember your safety glasses.
Tap gently and the glass will break right off inside the bag. 
If you hit it too hard you may break the concrete.
Once most of the glass is off, you can open the bag and gently break 
off any pieces that remain with the hammer.
I used gloves to get mine out and a sanding block to lightly go over the whole piece to ensure all the little specks of glass were off.
That is it!
 You can use them in your garden or indoors.
Right now I am using them on our sofa table.
I cannot wait to make more!
 If you want to make them lighter and more of a cream color here is an idea:

{found in the paint section}
 which can be found in the gardening section at Home Depot.
The vermiculite will give it a stone appearance and the plaster of paris keeps it from getting too heavy. 

If you do this, work in small batches because it dries a lot faster than the cement.

 These also look good placed on top of fluted cement urns.

Will you be trying this project? 


Much Ado About Somethin said...

This is fantastic! Love how well it turned out...I'm inspired!

Simply LKJ said...

What a great idea!

Lizzie said...

i like the idea and am thinking of finishing the look with mosaic, then putting it in the garden or using broken bits of mirror. could be very fun.

mommyof3 said...

I love those! Definitely trying this!

Ashley said...

Wow!! Love this idea!! I will have to try this one for sure!!!


Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Amazing...they look great. Love where you placed them.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am so excited about this project! I definitely want to try it!!

Anna @ A Good Home said...

Oh, I'll definitely be trying this one! What a fabulous project!!

Christina L de Armas said...

I have to try this.... love how they turned out and not to mention inexpensive!

AntiqueChase said...

wow, this is soooo cool! I love them!!

Connie | Daydream In Color said...

These look so fun to make!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh my gosh I've been dying to make these for my garden ever since I saw the tutorial at Simple Details!! Such a clever idea.

Cyndi Minear said...

That is seriously cool! I have just recently done a stepping stone project and am falling in love with concrete. Been dreaming up other projects to do with it. Love this!

Sue@pineapplehillinteriors said...

I am so making these this weekend! They look great.

Dianne said...

Thank you so much! This is a wonderful idea, I will try this!

Nancy Carr said...

I must do this! Thank you for the tutorial.

shari said...

MY WORD!! this is one creative project! so inexpensive and really cool!! LOVE this... have got to try!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I definitely want to try this project! I love this idea! Thanks so much for all the tips and how to's!

Shabby Sheshe said...

i love your balls.


Little Vintage Cottage said...

Yes! I will definitely be making some! Actually I already had some pinned and I have one glass ball so far! I really LOVE them on your table indoors, I hadn't thought of that!


alison said...

Genius! Definitely doing this one. Thanks!

alison said...

Genius! Definitely doing this one. Thanks!

Fishtail Cottage said...

These are fantastic!!!

Little Cottage on the Pond said...

How cool! This would be fun to try with the kids :) I love the idea of doing some with plaster of paris just to see how it reacts with the cement/colouring.

obie said...

I have made potting containers but these are great. Use plastic gloves when working with concrete.

rosa veldkamp said...

I sure will! I love this idea. I had planned to make spheres to sell in my shop using beach balls as a form but I like this better. They hold their shape better in the glass and they are a little smaller as well which is good too. Thanks for the tutorial!(Which I found through pinterest) :D

Lauren Davison said...

Genius! Take that restoration hardware!!!!

Laurie Blaswich said...

They look amazing!!! What a fab idea!!!

Lynne said...

Great idea . . . I may stir in some saw dust, it might add to the texture!

Lauren said...

LOVE this is excellent for grey tone decor!

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