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Top 20 DIY Projects of All Time: #15 Concrete Garden Spheres

by Grace Bonney

This week’s #15 spot on the Top DIY Projects of All Time list is a blast from our “rounded photo corners” era past. And it’s one of my all-time personal favorites: Shannon’s Concrete Garden Spheres! This clever project uses some everyday Quick-crete to turn inexpensive ceiling light fixtures into molds for decorative garden spheres. I’ve seen concrete sculptures like this sell for a lot in garden stores, so this project has always been a low-cost favorite. I’ve heard from so many people over the years who have made versions of this project in their home and it makes me so happy to see people getting their hands dirty with DIY and in the garden! Enjoy this project and blast from the 2009-era past. xo, Grace

#15: Concrete Garden Spheres

  • Who Made It: Shannon from Design Gal
  • Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • DS debut: July 2009



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    I am loving the content as you lead up to D*S’ swan song. Best wishes and know that you have a superfan out here in MA,

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