HOW TO MAKE
A PENNY BOWLING BALL
FOR THE GARDEN
A quick and easy DIY project
for the garden or patio!
Turn an old bowling ball into a gazing ball-like piece of yard art. Bowling balls can be found at thrift stores, yard sales or even your closet.
Fill in the finger holes with caulking to make a more even surface for the pennies to adhere to (a penny is smaller than a thumb hole).
You can either shine your pennies up by soaking them in Coke for 5 minutes (yes, Coke will eat the oxidation off).
Or clean them by soaking in a mixture of 1 teaspoon table salt per 1/4 cup white vinegar for 1-2 minutes.
Use a waterproof window/door adhesive (caulk) to adhere the pennies to the bowling ball. Allow a section to dry before rolling the ball over to do a new section.
Here is the finished project. Approximately $4.50 in pennies and about 1 hour work (mostly waiting for them to dry).
It fits perfectly on this silver chafing dish (found at the thrift store) or can be placed directly on the ground.
If you want it elevated more you can use either a gazing ball holder or the bottom to a birdbath. This is the bottom section of an old birdbath.
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