Mosaic Bowling Ball Yard Art

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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.

Penny bowling ball yard art - Place in the garden for repelling slugs and making hydrangeas blue - plus it's just cool looking! via

(Instructions for making the penny bowling ball can be found HERE)

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.


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Bowling Ball
Mosaic Glass Flat Gems
Jennifer’s Mosaics White Powdered Grout
Dap White Kitchen and Bath All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk
Dap Clear Silicone Rubber Sealant

I picked up a bowling ball at my local thrift store. Bud’s ball, to be exact.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from

Some “gem” stones from the mosaic and glass tile aisle at my local craft store. I used approximately 6 bags of these.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
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.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
I just used the stuff you would use in a bathroom to caulk around a sink or tub or baseboard molding.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
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.

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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 powdered grout made for indoor/outdoor mosaic projects.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
I split the grouting up into two halves.

I grouted the first half 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 (you leave it in the grooves and sides though).

If you let the grout 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 slight grout residue.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
Then I flipped the ball over and grouted the rest using the same technique.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
After it was dried, I applied some grout sealer.

And then it was good to go.

DIY fun yard art for your garden made from a bowling ball from
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.

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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.

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.

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  1. says

    Crack me up that the penny bowling ball post is your most Googled, Pam!! I think that both of the balls make wonderful garden art, BTW. A lot less expensive than those gazing balls, I’d say. Where do you come up w/these ideas, girlfriend? I may have to go find a ball at GW so I can make a gem one, too. :-)

  2. says

    How do you come up with this stuff, Pam? That’s very creative. It would look kind of cool if you would’ve used the gems to make a number on it or something on that ball. Maybe not, I don’t know…I’m trying to be creative like you :)

  3. says

    Brilliant. I think my husband would really love one of those for his many shade gardens. I can see where this project would take some patience and time. Wonderful job, Pam. You really should be proud.

  4. says

    Ummm…I’m thinking BUD only had two large fingers and NO thumb-but that is just my own opinion. I LOVE the thought that you might become known as the Bowling Ball Babe! I think that should be the name of your new blog. Tacky? Nah–much better than Little Bow Peep and her cut out sheep- and, who doesn’t love a bit of tacky in the yard?

    Yours actually looks better than a lot of the balls I have seen-it actually looks like a “globe” if you ask me. Now…you need to line up a few flamingos and make them look like they are trying to peck the stones off you ball…just sayin…..!;>) xo Diana

  5. says

    Love the colors on the latest one! If you cover one with pebbles, you can bury it about 3/4 of the ball deep and it won’t look like a bowling ball. I actually did cover a bowling ball with river rock several years ago. Found the perfect spot for it, too. But eventually, all of the rocks fell off and there’s just a plain, black bowling ball in my yard now. Unless my hubby quietly threw it away.

  6. says

    Oh my gosh…love them both!! I only spray painted mine. That’s true ADD for ya. Instant gratification might have to wait next time I see a bowling ball. Great Job!

  7. says

    This is seriously the coolest thing!! I love buds ball now!! I am definitely putting this on my list of things to do.
    I hope you had a great weekend!

  8. Anonymous says

    This will be on my to do list for sure. Matter of fact may do two and give one to my daughter for Mother’s Day.

  9. says

    This is really cool. I could do this. And it looks so pretty in the garden. I don’t have a bowling ball but I will have to keep an eye out for one. Maybe I could find one at goodwill. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project. Pinning!

    Linda @ Mixed Kreations

  10. Anonymous says

    me and my grandkids have done a few of these. lots of fun and great memories. one that we made has a little ceramic frog sitting on top. its my favorie. the memories with my grandbabies was priceless!!!!!

  11. Anonymous says

    Thanks to your penny ball I went out and baught three bowling Balls at GW. I am making a bumbling bee out of one, cover the second with marbles and I am saving 5 cent coins for number three!

  12. Susan Raymond says

    This is such a great idea. Both gazing balls are so unique. I told one of my grandsons that we will be garage selling it yhis week and msking a couple of these. Again, thank you.

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