You can create some decorative, unique crafts by working with an old bowling ball. This is a guide about crafts using bowling balls.
I received a few old bowling balls from a friend and wanted to make something cute. I tried painting them but within a couple of months, the sun had eaten through the 4 layers of marine varnish. I decided that tile would be a lot sturdier and hold up to the elements. I bought the tiles and immediately smashed them up. (Gasp!) It was a long process of gluing the tiles down, grouting between the tiles and then applying many layers of grout sealant. I did discover that, while I love crafts, I hate mosaic tiling! But, these guys make me smile. I love watching kids walking down the street and getting excited to see the Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friend the ladybug. (I don't think this one is grouchy, though!)
Torrance, CA (outside of Los Angeles)
They are adorable!!! What kinds of tiles did you buy and from where? :)
Thank you! I bought the tiles online from Home Depot. Finding the black ones were easy. They have a ton of those. The red is "Bright Red Pepper" and the green is "Green Kiwi". For the spots on the ladybug, I found a seller on ebay who sold large, black half marbles. The eyes are just cheap half marbles from the Dollar Store. The caterpillar eyes were part of the bowling ball already. They were undrilled and perfect for eyes!
Very cute! The effort was quite worth it!
This is a bowling ball I painted to look like a ladybug. I used eyeglass frame, handles for the antenna, pushed them into corks and glued it to the top of her head. Her back looks really cute but you can't see it in this photo.
I used outside varnish so I can pop it up under a plant. I put a copper pipe in the ground and sat in on that, using one of the holes in the bowling ball, That is to keep it off the ground. A friend of mine made the eyes move. They really do not move in real life. LOL
By Eve from Gulf Coast
When I put the pic on the eyes were moving. I guess it didn't show up animated. That's good. I didn't want them to move. A freind made them move as a joke. It was cute!
My old balls have been hanging around for years. I don't need them anymore and they're so heavy, no one else wants them. I think I will try your suggestion for them. I just hope mine will look as good as yours
Recycle those old bowling balls. Spray them with primer and then spray paint them any color you choose. Use them as garden globes. The size is a little off but they are not so breakable as the glass globes. Your will just have to buy a stand. This was my idea after breaking so many of those garden globes.
By Linda O from Highland Lakes, NJ
my sister did this with my moms bowling ball....it was marblized blues... no need to paint it. Looked great and got alot of compliments.
The meaning behind garden globes: They are traditionally mirrored because it is thought to keep away negative energy.
I had the same thought but instead of painting the ball I was going to glue those stones to it like you use in the bottom of a beta fish vase. I thought that would be pretty and reflect the sun.
I have one of these that broken mirrors have been glued to the ball....really pretty. The sun reflects and makes it sparkle.
I have done this for years. I add a spray of high gloss poly to give it the shine and it also makes the paint stay better. Still have one that was done 12 years ago that looks fine.
I'm decorating old bowling balls with old mirror parts. What is the best way to break an old thick mirror and the best way to attach it to the bowling ball? Thanks.
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Bonnie from Lascassas
Another alternative-My neighbor did that project using pieces of broken cds.
If you are wanting same-size pieces, you might take the mirror to a hardware store and have them "score" it for you so that it can be broken at the score marks.
I made a gazing ball out of a bowling ball and mirror. First I filled the holes with expando foam. I had experience working with stained glass so I just cut my mirror into small 1" square pieces. You can do this with a glass cutter. It takes a bit of practice scoring and cutting the glass. I'm sure you can find instructions on the internet. I also added some colored stones to my ball. I attached the pieces with Liquid Nails (you can buy that stuff at Lowes or Home Depot). I have also used the tile mastic that is used to attach ceramic tiles in bathrooms. When you are finished covering the ball with mirror you need to grout it. It really turns out beautiful if you take your time. Good Luck
Enclose the mirror in brown paper and hit it with a hammer. This gives you uneven pieces. For glue, I would try silicone, you can buy it at any hardware store.