Garden orb of modest materials
Many of us have seen these bowling ball spheres in the garden shown on our FMG Facebook page, but recently after finding a bowling ball at our town of Oakhurst’s “Clutter Clearance,” I decided to try decorating one! I was inspired by an example picture found online in Google images, bought some bags of ‘gems’ at Michael’s used for filling vases to hold stems straight. I was all set!
How to decorate a garden bowling ball
- Start with a clean and prepped bowling ball. Use rubbing alcohol or vinegar to get any wax finish off.
- It helps to print out a photo of a design you like from Google images, shown.
- Sand lightly, then wash and dry the ball before painting.
- I filled the two smaller holes with tin foil and just glued right over them. Leave one hole uncovered and positioned at the bottom so if you want you can set it onto a piece of rebar in the garden.
- I used 5 0r 6 bags of ‘gems’, shown, and 2 tubes of G.E. Silicone II for outdoors, in clear.
I used pencil to mark a dot on the top, opposite the hole I left unfilled. Then I drew freehand lines vertically to mark four sections, then used a paper cut-out of a star to trace around as a starting point.
This link comes straight from Girl Scouts and is a really neat trick.
With gravity working, it’s easier to work at the top. the gems or stones set quickly.
Inside, my bowling ball or now a garden orb, looked darker than I expected. I could have painted the ball a light color with paint to reflect more light and might do that next time.
Where to get bowling balls to decorate?
Our gang says try yard sales, thrift shops, ask friends or the direct approach, ask at bowling alleys for BB they can’t use any longer. Try this,…it’s super fun!
Update: This pedestal didn’t last long, being made of plastic and collapsed under ‘pressure.’ Those bowling balls are heavy! I later found a better spot for it, which I wrote about here, A place for the bowling ball garden orb. ~~ Sue