Bowling balls are one of the easiest things to turn into upcycled junk art for your garden.
And they are readily available at thrift shops and yard sales.
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.
How To Make Decorated Bowling Balls For The Garden
MOSAIC GARDEN BALL SUPPLY LIST:
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- Bowling Ball
- Mosaic Glass Flat Gems
- Jennifer's Mosaics White Powdered Grout
- Dap White Kwik Seal Plus Kitchen and Bath Adhesive Caulk
- Dap Clear Silicone Rubber Sealant
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 local craft store. I used approximately 6 bags of these.
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 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 onto the ball.
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.
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.
And then it was good to go.
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.
I couldn't decide if it was cute, weird, or tacky? So be gentle with me.