I have made several of these beautiful gazing balls. They are one of my favorite garden ornaments. They are very shiny, very pretty, and the best part . . . unbreakable!
These are the supplies you need.
Old bowling ball
Pieces to decoupage (wallpaper samples, fabric, stickers, etc)
Use alcohol to clean bowling ball
Use the alcohol to clean the bowling ball. The alcohol cleans all of the oils from the bowling alley.
Fill holes with plaster of paris
Mix up a small portion of the plaster of paris, and pour into ONLY the finger holes. Be sure to leave the thumb hole clear.
Let the plaster of paris dry for several hours, I let mine dry overnight. Neatness does NOT count in this step.
Smooth-sand excess plaster
Use a knife or similar item to scrape off excess dried plaster, then wipe it down with water.
Decorate Bowling Ball
You are now ready to begin decorating your gazing ball.
Disguise plaster of paris
Use a marker to color in anything on the ball. If you look closely you can see that I colored over the stars and one of the finger holes. I of course colored the other one after this picture was taken.
Start applying your appliques. On this bowling ball gazing ball, I used a Tatouage rub-on transfers. I have also used these kind of transfers on a floor cloth and on a headboard bench.
It is fairly simple to do the Tatouage. You simply lay it on your gazing ball, and rub it on. 🙂
Seal Bowling Ball Gazing Ball
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
the plaster of paris to fill holes is great but if you don't have or don't want to buy a stand,leave 1 hole and drive a stake(pc. of re-bar or a metal pole,etc.) into the dirt for the ball to sit on the ground. It's very windy where I live and this keeps it in place
That's a great idea deedee! I've had high winds, and never lost a bowling ball yet. 🙂
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Can I use unicorn SPIT on my bb for the gazing ball
I've never used Unicorn SPIT, so I have no idea how it would work on a bowling ball (gazing ball)
What else can you do with a black bowling ball? Can it be painted to be as attractive as your other colored wavy ones??
I've done the decoupage on the black bowling balls, but I've never painted one before.
What a fabulous idea! My mission now is to find a bowling ball. I also want to know what Tatouage is.
Tatouage is a transfer kind of sticker. I think it's a dying breed these days. It sort of a rub-on. My friends at Iron Orchid designs have sort of brought it back, you can see my project here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/decor-transfer/
LOVE this idea, I have my grandmother's bowling ball from the 60's and I could never find a place to rehole it as my fingers are larger. This way my daughter can enjoy her namesake more in her garden.
Gail, thank you so much for coming by and liking my page in facebook and for sharing it also. That was really sweet of you. Thanks again.
Adorable...I love this idea.
Oh My Word! I totally love this. I was just looking at my neighbors gazing ball the other day on my walk. And I have a pretty purple bowling ball (Like your blue one) in my bowling bag that is to heavy for me to use. I just might have to make a project out of it. LOL!
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Stacey @ Fun to Craft
What a cool idea. I really like how yours turned out. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.
What a neat way to use a bowling ball. I have featured your gazing ball on my blog. If you like,come by and grab my featured button at Veronica's Korner. http://veronicas-korner.blogspot.com/
Hi, I'm new to your blog, and Im so glad I found this! I love this gazing bb idea...how cute! But, pardon me for being uncrafty, but what's this Tatouage? I can see they are flowers here, but not sure, where I'd get those?
OK, you got me. Now that you posted this handy step by step tutorial I have absolutely no excuses not to do this with those 2 BB's I found at the curb Wednesday morning.
It's like it was meant to be! You must be psychic or something.
is that not stunning. i can't stop gazing at it!!! lol. it's very, very cute. love it!!!
thanks for such a great idea. wow.
Miss Mustard Seed
That is crazy creative, girl! My goodness.
Rita @ Goodwill Haunting
This is great! I also read your post about the blue gazing ball. How very creative! I want to do one, so I just need to find a bowling ball! Thanks for sharing.