Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vintage Glass Garden Ornaments

These glass garden ornaments are so simple & fun to make!  If you look closely, they consist of a vase {upside-down}, then other various glass dishes strategically stacked on top, such as; little ice-cream glasses, candle sticks, small plates, & saucers.

I collect the glass from thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, & sometimes find newer pieces that will work.  I clean all of the glass, let it completely dry, & begin my design...

Starting with the top piece {which is almost always a decorative candle holder} placed upside down on a sturdy, flat surface, carefully place the next piece with clear silicone, then the next...& the next, ending with the vase {which at this point is right-side-up until it dries.}   

I let the silicone set for 24 hours before it's ready for the garden!

For the base-pole, I go to the hardware store & buy small copper piping.  {Sometimes they will cut it for you right in the store, otherwise, a small pipe cutter does the job.}  Make sure your pole is deep enough into the soil for strength!

Here are a few examples of the colored-glass ornaments I've made:


A milk-glass ornament:

& one with a silver bowl:
This is such an inexpensive & unique way to add character to your gardens & landscaping.

Try to have fun with this, it's simple creativity!

55 comments:

  1. Mallory Jane, I absolutely love your designs. My sister and I make bird feeders in this fashion. Your glass choices are spectacular. Glad to see we are not the only ones using great oooold pieces. Happy glass hunting.

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    1. do you have a link to the bird feeders you make? i would love to see them

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  2. Gregg and I just checked out your blog! Love your glass pieces! What a beautiful way to reuse glass. Can't wait to see more of your work.

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  3. hi these are beautiful! what is the pole that you used?

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  4. I just bought one at a craft fair and love it, thanks for the tutorial, I love the colors you use, they are beautiful!!

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  5. These are absolutely PRECIOUS! Thank you for the tutorial on how to make them. I was just think ing how much my grandmother would have loved these if she were still with us. They are so pretty. God bless

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  6. These are so amazing! I collect glass oil lamp covers and re-fashion them into solar light art. I'm so inspired to take them to the next level. Thank you!

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  7. Is the copper pipe attached to the glass in some way?

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  8. All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!!!...Thank you sooo much, you have inspired me to see what I can come up with also.. :) GOD BLESS..

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  9. do you use any special silicone to attach the pieces.
    Going to make with my granddaughters

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  10. beautiful!! brilliant idea...I am so excited to make some...

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  11. These are so amazing and unique specially carved for all types of gardens

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  12. They are lovely and amazing

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  13. These have inspired me, ive been collecting colored glass for years and i love your ideas . I can wait to make some for my flower garden with all that i have . Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfull works of art ..

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  14. Really awesome glassy idea i love you for this wonderful and innovative post

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  15. I have just found this on pinterest, These are wonderful, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make some. Kathy

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  16. Thank you for sharing your creative heart openly. Just splendid works!

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  17. Love your garden art. I have used E600 on some of my glass items. Can you tell me what brand and type of silicone you use. Does it stick together well throughout the seasons?

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    1. For what it's worth, I have used both E6000 and weather/water proof silicone. I prefer the E6000 because it dries completely clear, whereas the silicone has an almost cloudy look to it. It's not terrible or anything, but I do prefer the E6000.

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  18. Your artwork is gorgeous! You've chosen such wonderfully unique pieces. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Wonderful .
    I can't believe it , it is so beautiful to see when in reality this is at my home than i will.
    :)
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