Kay Warren and her granddaughter Lela Walker kneel behind a few of the lawn ornaments Kay has made during the past few years. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Kay Warren and her granddaughter Lela Walker kneel behind a few of the lawn ornaments Kay has made during the past few years. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

By Nancy Kline
Sentinel Correspondent
news@putnamsentinel.com

OTTAWA — Kay Warren was attending a garden show when she saw unique lawn ornaments. Giant orbs stained in different colors were on sale for different prices.



“I liked them, but they seemed rather expensive,” Warren admitted. Instead of purchasing one of the giant lawn ornaments, Warren took pictures and decided she could make one herself.
After doing online research, Warren began making her own lawn orb. Using a yoga ball, she began putting on coats of mortar.
Warren said the large decorative sphere required more work and materials than she initially expected. “My husband made me turntables to use as I put the mortar in place,” she said. “I also had to purchase larger quantities of stains and materials. So, I made more than one decorative ball,” she said.
After putting on the mortar and allowing it to dry, Warren put a special concrete stain and sealer on her orb. “I made them for my lawn, so I wanted them sealed good to hold up,” she said.
With ample supplies, Warren kept making the decorative lawn ornaments trying out different sizes as the base. She uses beach balls and yoga balls as the base for her projects.
“After they are dry, I make sure I let the air out of the balls,” Warren explained. “If I left the air inside it would contract and expand with the heat and could burst the orbs.”
As she made more lawn orbs her friends and relatives heard about her unique lawn ornaments. “A few years ago, I decided to have an open house before Mother’s Day.” The event was popular and encouraged Warren to continue her unique skill of making the lawn ornaments.
“Each one is different,” Warren said. “I can never be sure how the stain will darken.”
Warren decided to try a new use for the orbs. She drilled holes in the top and attached bases and hoses to make unique water fountains out of the lawn ornaments. All sizes now decorate her yard with water slowly flowing down the sides of each ball.
This year Warren is experimenting with another use of the orbs. “I’m making larger holes on the top and sealing the insides,” she said. “I hope they will work as outdoor flowerpots.