Make a stylish sphere at home in just six steps
You’ve probably seen these in the window of a decorating store or maybe at a friend’s house: concrete spheres filled with candles or a little plant. You can actually make them at home: they look great and they’re inexpensive.
- Concrete mix
- Crepe bandage strips
- Pitcher or jar, and mixing bowl
- Putty knife
- Metallic spray paint, LeakSeal spray
- Newspaper or drop cloth
Warning: this gets pretty messy so dress accordingly and wear gloves!
1. Cut the bandages in 2- to 3-inch strips.
2. Mix the concrete to a medium-thick consistency. Add water little by little, to avoid making the concrete too runny. Continue stirring it for a uniform texture once it’s done, because the liquid tends to rise to the top.
3. Then soak the strips in the concrete.
4. Since it’s hard to keep the balloon from rolling around, stick it gently into the jar or pitcher, pushing it until it’s fixed there. Then take the soaked bandage strips out and place them row after row all over the accessible part of the balloon.
Tip: While the concrete is still wet, smooth out any overlapping strips or edges so that the surface isn’t covered with wrinkles and bumps. You can add layers of dressing, smearing concrete on with a putty knife, leveling and polishing the surface as you go.
Leave the whole thing to dry overnight.
5. Now pop the balloon, which should pull easily away from the concrete sphere.
6. Finally, paint the sphere using different colors for the interior and exterior.
You can spray the interior with a metallic paint, to reflect light for a lovely glow effect, and then a LeakSeal spray that renders it waterproof.
Or choose your own color combination and go to town.
Amazing that you can create such gorgeous home decor in one night: enjoy making a mess — and impressing your friends!