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How To Make A Metal Garden Sphere From Thrift Store Find

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.


The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
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Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled

Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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This really is such a fun challenge and I am so glad we are back! My Dad picked up these cool metal planters at an auction for $2 for two pairs and asked if I could do something with them.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom

When I realized they were metal I was thrilled and even my Dad-who is used to my excitement over yard sale finds-was surprised at how happy I was!  I love metal spheres-you know the ones they show in all the magazines we drool over? I made some a couple of years ago out of embroidery hoops, but to be able to use metal is great as they will withstand the outdoor elements. I knew I wanted to create a planter using a metal urn that I picked up for $5:

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom

The urn was not in great shape but these typically cost at least $35 so I figured I would spray paint it to cover the rust. Here is what I came up with:


Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom Can you believe that is the same planter? The power of paint! Here is a close up of the inside of the sphere:

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom

These are ridicuously easy to make and a tutorial seems silly, but just in case I will share how I made this. I used Rustoleum copper spray paint and gave the urn two coats of paint. I used twine to tie the two planters together on two sides and filled it with a box of pinecones and wood pieces that I grabbed on clearance for $1.99!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom

I simply filled the sphere with the pinecones and added some pine branches. I picked up a string of battery operated fairy lights that are on a timer and added those as well. I love fairy lights and it’s so convenient to have them on a timer. They are on when I get home from work and it looks so pretty walking up to the door. I also added some deco mesh to the top of the urn to cover the inside.

Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as we’ve had nothing but rain so I took indoor photos, but I will snap a photo of this by my front steps tomorrow. I’m really happy with how it turned out and look forward to changing it out seasonally!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge Metal Garden Sphere Our Crafty Mom





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Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Great upcycle! Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!


Monday 30th of January 2017

Super cute!! That sphere is awesome!

Sara @

Monday 30th of January 2017

Upcycling a thrift store find is one of my favorite things to do! I loved seeing your before and after pictures and all of these amazing ideas! I'm probably going to have to stop by the thrift store tomorrow:)

Toni | Small Home Soul

Sunday 29th of January 2017

I love those orbs and the paint job on that vase makes it look brand new. Love it!

Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

Saturday 28th of January 2017

That is adorable!! I love those metal planters, they make a great orb. Great find by your dad!