Vintage Glass Garden Ornaments

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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!

  1. PotterDale

    March 17th, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    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.

  2. Tishelle

    May 17th, 2012 at 1:53 PM

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

  3. karly

    March 18th, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    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.

  4. brenda

    March 19th, 2012 at 11:13 PM

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

  5. Susan Miller

    April 15th, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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

  6. a woman who is

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    These are brilliant!

  7. Kristy

    April 17th, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    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

  8. Kristy

    April 17th, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    These are precious.

  9. Mean Eileen

    April 21st, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    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!

  10. Shelly

    May 1st, 2012 at 10:02 PM

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

  11. nana of 7

    May 6th, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    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..

  12. loni

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:08 AM

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

  13. alane

    May 20th, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    beautiful!! brilliant idea…I am so excited to make some…

  14. jamessmith

    June 11th, 2012 at 5:28 AM

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


  15. jamessmith

    June 27th, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    They are lovely and amazing


  16. Anonymous

    August 1st, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    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 ..

  17. jamessmith

    August 6th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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


  18. Kathy

    August 18th, 2012 at 1:50 AM

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

  19. Ory

    September 28th, 2012 at 9:02 PM

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

  20. Kim

    November 22nd, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    These are beautiful!

  21. Creations from my heart

    March 2nd, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    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?

  22. Maija Shelley

    April 29th, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    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.

  23. Maija Shelley

    April 29th, 2013 at 8:08 PM

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

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    August 7th, 2013 at 9:51 AM

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  25. Roger Richard

    September 2nd, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    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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  27. Brenda Blackwood

    October 16th, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    what about water collecting in the glass ware? We have a mosquito problem here and they breed in water??

  28. enthusiasticscrapper

    July 3rd, 2015 at 5:21 AM

    I bet you get a lot of enjoyment from creating such beautiful garden art. Good for you!

  29. Jens C. Kruse

    April 7th, 2017 at 9:32 AM


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