How to Make a Gazing Ball Stand

A gazing ball is a sphere made of mirror-like or highly reflective material such a polished metal or glass. First made by Venetian artisans in the 13th century, the gazing ball has both practical and decorative uses. Gazing balls reflect the landscape or decor around them and add a splash of color and shine. Strategically placed gazing balls allowed Victorian-era servants to monitor guests without seeming to stare at them: They watched the reflection in the ball to see if anyone needed service or assistance. The globes require a stand to prevent them rolling away, and you can make one in an afternoon from a tomato cage.

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A gazing ball is a lawn ornament.

Step 1

Invert the tomato cage so that the largest circle is at the bottom.

Step 2

Cut off the wire stakes that extend beyond the smallest wire circle using a hacksaw. Cut them as close to flush to the surface of the wire circle as possible.

Step 3

Smooth the cut area with a metal file, removing sharp points and other protuberances.

Step 4

Wipe away the wire filings with a damp cloth. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Step 5

Paint the tomato cage the color of your choice. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, then add a second coat. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 6

Affix a cork or rubber floor protector to the cage at each of the four cut and filed areas.

Step 7

Secure the painted cage to the soil, with the widest end down, using landscaping fabric stakes, if desired.

Step 8

Rest the gazing ball atop the uppermost circle of the painted cage.