What to do With Old Bowling Balls

Garden Ball Decoration

This year I was thrilled to get these old bowling balls at tag sales. I’ve been looking for them for years and then this year I get 5 of them and a bag full of the duck pin bowling balls also AND a full set of Bocce balls in a case. It’s the best! I love to take old stuff and turn it into decorative or useful new stuff.

Michele, my niece, and I made decorative balls for the garden so this is what we did with 2 of the big bowling balls...

finished ball for garden

We started by lightly sanding the bowling balls so that the glue would stick really well.

sanded bowling balls

Then we accumulated glass stones (which you can buy in Walmart, Target, or anywhere.  We also bought some small colored stones from Petco.

small aqua stones

When we went to Home Depot for the stones and the glue a fella there told us to get Power Grab glue so that’s what we used for this project.

power grab glue

Michele, my trusty crafter buddy, is all set up here. We put the balls on flower pots so that they wouldn’t roll around while we worked on them.


Michele 2

Picture of the new ornamental garden ball in the garden...

finished ball for garden

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I think this came out well.... now what to do with the small duckpin bowling balls and the bocce balls.... hmmm.. any ideas.... ?

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  1. Just bought 2 bowling balls yesterday at a yard sale for $1 each. Gonna get busy on mine garden balls soon. Love yours!

  2. This is such a creative idea! I love it, very clever :)

  3. You just never see bowing balls in Charity Shops here in the UK. No one really owns their own here so they don't come up. What a shame because I love this idea.

  4. What a great idea Linda! I just love it and I have one in the garage right now! I love a pretty gazing ball in the garden but the hail here has taught me that's a no-no. Thanks so much for sharing this!


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