Way back when I first started blogging, I showed you how to turn a garage sale bowling ball into a piece of yard art. In that case, a penny bowling ball.
I think bowling ball yard art has a sort of cult following, because that post is by far the most Googled of my posts and brings quite a few people to my blog.
This summer I decided to make a slightly different version of bowling ball yard art.
I picked up a bowling ball at my local thrift store. Bud's ball, to be exact.
Some "gem" stones from the mosaic and glass tile aisle at my Hobby Lobby. I used approximately 6 bags of these.
I started off by filling in Bud's finger holes with some wads of paper towels until there was about 1/2 inch still open and then I topped that off with regular old caulking.
Bud had some huge fingers and I didn't want to use up a whole tube of caulking, so that is the reason for the paper towels.
I just used the stuff you would use in a bathroom to caulk around a sink or tub or baseboard molding.
I roughed the ball up with sandpaper a little just to give it a better tooth to grab the glue. I used DAP's Clear Silicone Rubber Sealant for Doors and Windows as my adhesive. Since this was going to be placed outside I wanted something that was waterproof, plus would set up quickly.
Then I glued my gems on to the ball.
This took me two months.
A person with more patience and less ADD could finish the gluing in less than two hours though. And most of that time would be waiting for one section to set up before you go on to the next section.
I decided to grout this ball, so I bought a small tub of the powdered grout from the same aisle at Hobby lobby where I bought the gems.
Grouted half of it. Let it dry.
Flipped the ball over and grouted the rest.
After it was dried, I applied some grout sealer.
And then it was good to go.
I had thought about making one with pebbles on it, since The Dollar Tree has bags of them for $1.00.
But I don't want to become the lady with all the bowling balls in my yard. Then I'd have to change the name of my blog to House of Bowling Balls and there would be a lot of work in making that change.
Can I tell you that I had second thoughts about ever posting this project on my blog. I couldn't decide if it was cute, weird or tacky? So be gentle with me.
BTW, The Summer Kitchen Girls mentioned my penny bowling ball in a post recently. I believe they found me in the first place through Googling images of penny bowling balls.
Oh, and I got some good stuff out garage saling this morning. I'll share the goods with you on Sunday night after I get some photos taken. I tried to take some earlier today, but the sweat dripping down into my eyes was getting in the way of my artistic endeavors.
EDITED TO ADD - It was brought to my attention that the grouting technique wasn't explained thoroughly. I grouted an area by spreading the grout over the gems and pushing it down between them. I let it dry for just a few minutes and then ran a damp sponge over the gems to get the vast majority of the grout off the tops of the gems. If you leave it dry completely on the tops of the gems, it will be very hard to get off later. When the grout was completely dried, I used a clean dry cloth to polish off any haziness caused by the grout residue.
You can find some more gardening ideas and projects on my Gardening Page. Anything from instructions for making Hypertufa containers to using copper to help keep your birdbath cleaner to stamping silverware for garden markers.