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Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain


Dollar Store Marble Garden Gazing Stones

Recently I purchased a few bags of marble glass vase fillers at the dollar store. I don’t really have a bunch of vases to put them in, so after making this Mable Glass Vase, I just knew I could come up with another use for the stones, and I got inspired by those penny covered balls that you can find on Pinterest. They are quite pretty, and I thought to myself that I could make a nice version of them for my garden. We’ve lived in this house several years now. When we first moved in, the rhododendron were over 12 feet high and blocking all our windows and even the sidewalk. We cut them all down, and have been slowly adding plants to the front gardens. Now there is plenty of room for pretty little marble garden gazing stones to accent our plants.  I love how they look next to my variegated hosta, and although they may look a little funny up on those stakes, I think that once the hosta reaches full height, there will be enough height for them to still stick up and be noticed. Of course, in my photos, I have them in the ground, but decided that they needed to be closer into the plant.

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I am sharing how I designed these. But if you decide that you simply want to put these on the ground and you don’t want to add the chopsticks, hey, it’s your piece. Make it fit for your style.

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I think that once they have been outside for a while, and exposed to the weather, they will start to form a gorgeous patina. Greens will grow and fill in where the glue is not, and be even more beautiful, and not as stark white as two of the balls are, and even more stunning for the blue marble ball.

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You’ll need styrofoam balls, (I had two sizes, and chose to make three balls), clear silicone, and glass marbles. Depending on how big the ball is, will determine about how many beads you will need. You will also need chopsticks (if you decide to use them).


Begin by inserting chopstick in ball using thicker end. Remove and add silicone, then allow to dry.

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I started by gluing the marbles around the base of the stick, and worked out from there.

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Add dots of glue to the marble and stick onto the styrofoam. You’ll be able to do several at a time, but I recommend leaving it after about 5 marbles are glued on, to allow it to set for about an hour. Otherwise, you will have marbles sliding off and not sticking where you set them.

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Continue adding marbles until the ball is covered. Allow to dry overnight. I like the empty spaces between as I imagine that is where the green will first show up as it weathers outside.

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Take your gazing balls and plant them.



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20 Responses to Dollar Store Marble Garden Gazing Stones

  1. Rayito says:

    Muy buena idea me gusto mucho .gracias por compartir esta idea.

  2. linda gantt says:

    would love to get more of your ideas

    • cmiy says:

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  3. Susie Daly says:

    I like the in between spaces being blank too but what if you inserted something like small pieces of faux moss for an “alive” look. This is a fabulous idea in general and thanks for the idea. I love it!

    • cmiy says:

      Thank you Susie! I’m anticipating that moss-like stuff will eventually grow in the spaces, but I like your idea too!

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  5. Beth says:

    How is the styrofoam going to hold up in the rain?
    Pretty and great idea if they hold up in the elements. Thanks

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Beth! Styrofoam holds up extremely well. It doesn’t break down unless you pour gas on it or spray paint it. I have had mine outside for a couple months, they still look fab. That’s what makes this a great outdoors project.

  6. Hope says:

    Too cute! You could spray paint the sticks first or even cover them in glitter before sticking in the styrofoam ball!! I’m thinking the white iridescent would look cute.

  7. Kathi says:

    I agree with Hope and thought about painting the sticks (whatever color would go with your decor), and also thought about maybe covering the “white” spaces on the balls with glitter that would look good until the green grew in. Could also use green styrofoam balls/florists balls but that could detract from the stones. I have some [actual] stones that were used in a planter and am thinking along the lines of doing something similar with those. Cut the styro balls in half, cover with the stones, gouge out place for spare key, place [with others as decoration] near plants for a home made hide a key. Thanks for the post! Now my imagination is [wildly] off…………. :)

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Kathi! thanks! yes, I love that it’s inspired you with more ideas. What a fab idea to make a hide a key! I actually love that the white is so stand out. They really catch my eye when I look over the garden! I think glitter would be so much fun as well! great ideas!

  8. Liz says:

    Love this idea…so beautiful thanks

  9. joy says:

    What kind of glue did you use? Love the idea!!!

  10. Shari says:

    Okay now Im upset! I was just AT Dollar Tree! Why couldnt I have seen this BEFORE I went! lol Those are just cute! Will be cute with my ladybug bowling ball I am about to make!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Shari! I guess you’ll have to run back out and get some of those great marbles to add to your new project! LOL! I hope you have fun creating your ladybug bowling ball!

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