Making a Garden Orb from a Bowling Ball

Category Decoration
Store-bought garden orbs are often quite expensive. However you can easily make your own from a bowling ball, which are often available at Goodwill.


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September 21, 2018

I find old bowling balls very often at yard sales, thrift stores, and even the curb, for little or nothing! I will show you how you can use this piece with spray paint and craft paints, to recreate a stone look for your garden.

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 3


  • bowling ball(s)
  • spray paint
  • acrylic craft paints (3 colors) white, gray, and brown
  • sealer spray
  • sea sponge
  • scrap paper


  1. Take your bowling ball and wipe dust and dirt off.
  2. Spray paint. Flip over and get the bottom and any other areas. Dry.
  3. Now for the stone technique. Use your sea sponge (works the best) and lightly tap into your white paint using scrap paper to dab, to make sure that your applying is done lightly. With your gray color do the same process. Stand back and take a look. Sometimes 2 colors work.
  4. Do this going up and down randomly. Dry.
  5. For a little more detail on 1 of my balls, I then added a very little of the brown. This gives more of a rustic look. Dry.
  6. Finish with a sealer.
  7. They are ready to place in your garden.
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February 13, 2018

An old bowling ball can be converted into a decorative piece of patriotic garden art using flat craft marbles. This is a page about how to make a patriotic garden ball using a bowling ball.

A patriotic garden ball in red, white and blue.

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October 7, 2018

A mirrored bowling ball makes a beautiful garden decoration. This page contains techniques for breaking or cutting your mirror pieces and suggestions for the best glues or adhesives.


There are also tips for grouting and final finishing before placing it in your garden.

Mosaic covered bowling ball outside.

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