This weekend I turned an old bowling ball that I found at a garage sale into a gazing ball-like piece of yard art.
A penny bowling ball!
I bought this bowling ball, bag and pair of old used bowling shoes (yuck) at a church garage sale all for just $1.00. I knew I only wanted the bowling ball itself, so the other items were just along for the ride.
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The first thing I did was fill in the finger holes with paper towels until there was about ¼" of the holes left and then filled the rest of the holes in with some caulking I had laying around the house.
And then threw the bag and shoes into my Goodwill pile.
I wanted to cover the ball in pennies so I used roughly $4.50 worth.
I wanted them to be all bright and shiny so I decided to clean them with my beloved Coke Zero to see if Coke's cleaning abilities are an urban legend or not.
So I emptied a roll of pennies into a bowl and added the Coke Zero and let them sit for five minutes.
The Coke Zero cleaned them a little bit, but they were definitely not as bright as I was expecting them to be. It's not often that my Coke lets me down.
So then I searched the Internet for other penny cleaning tips and ran across some science experiments for kids that uses ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of table salt to clean them.
The vinegar is 5% acetic acid and dissolves the copper oxide on the pennies. The salt acts as a catalyst to speed up the process. But enough of the fascinating science lesson of the day.
Anyhow, I just put the pennies in there for about a minute, rinsed the solution off them and they came out amazingly shiny.
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Next I used Dap Clear Silicone Sealant for Doors And Windows to glue the pennies onto the bowling ball.
I glued them all heads up, but that was my OCD kicking in - you could mix it up if you wanted. Or maybe do all heads except for one tail???
And here is the finished project.
I tried sitting my penny bowling ball on my birdbath base as a regular gazing ball.
Then I remembered that I had bought this silver chafing dish pedestal at a garage sale. It's almost like it is made to be a penny bowling ball holder.
Of course you could place it directly on the ground or leave one of the finger holes exposed and place a wood dowel to stake it in the ground.
Another fun bowling ball project is my Mosaic Bowling Ball made with dollar store gems.
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Pretty cool use of pennies!
Does it really keep your hydrangea blue? I love this idea.
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Love this! This is just too cool. I visiting from Under The Table And Dreaming
I agree - very cool!
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Really, really cute! I have always wanted to try glueing pennies on an outdoor project...I hear that they keep slugs from getting into strawberry patches and thought it would be good to glue them around the top of a pot of them.
Pennies around your plants will deter snails and slugs. They get a little electric shock as they try crossing the pennies which in turn makes them go in a different direction.
This is a clever use of old pennies and a bowling ball. Who knew how cute this would turn out? Yeah! Pam @ Sallygoodin
What a wonderful idea! I would have never thought about doing that. It turned out really well.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
What a fabulous idea. This turned out amazing! Who would have known ..coke! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn
Ann @ makethebestofthings
How very cool is this! My header shows some of the bowling ball garden decor I've made, but I've never used pennies. So clever!
Hi Pam! I'll be featuring your Yard art tomorrow. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for linking up to The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn
A Pretty Pastime
That is fantastic!
This is so unique - love it - well done
Laura Ingalls Gunn
This is a truly wonderful transformation. So creative and clever!
This is so fun! I bet it's a great conversation piece! ~Marcy
I have a bowling ball WAAAAY at the backyard, just visible from the deck...with a painted face on it. Everyone looks past the yard and pond, over the ledge of liriope, past the walkway and into the forest, and down toward the lower meadow, and then shrieks...what's that!? I have a much better idea now. No more scary bowling ball face! I'm turning it into a gazing ball. FAB idea!
Tammy ~ A Primitive Place
Now this is a very cute idea!!!
very cool idea! 🙂
Looks fantastic and I love that you glued them all head side up! LOL! Gorgeous!
The Knotty Spinster
Very cool and thanks for the tip on getting the penny's shinny. Enjoy,,and I love the silver next to the copper.
I have to make one of these. Actually I wanted a penny floor but the old man won't let me.,
I'd love a coin floor too!
Saw this on Pinterest awhile back and made one. So much fun, huh?! My OCD had me not using the new pennies with the shields. And I did them all heads up too, so it didn't really matter! Oh well, our quirks are what make us interesting, right?