Ladybug Bowling Ball Craft for a Garden

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Ladybug Bowling Ball Craft for a Garden
Recycle an old bowling ball into garden art. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Create a ladybug garden statue from old bowling balls to place in planting beds near the sidewalk, in sitting areas or on the patio for an attractive focal point that is sure to strike up a conversation. If you don't have any bowling balls available, check with your local bowling alley to get some of their used, discarded ones. When you have completed your ladybirds, swap the red or orange paint for yellow and create a few bumblebees to keep your ladybirds company.

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Body

Paint the entire bowling ball with an exterior primer and allow the primer to dry. Then paint the ball with your chosen ladybug colour. Naturally, ladybirds are red or dark orange, but these garden statues can take any colour you want. You may need two to three coats of paint to fully cover the ball. Allow the paint to dry between each coat.

Stripes

A ladybug has a black horizontal stripe down its back from the head to the tail. Position the ball so the side-by-side finger holes of the bowling balls are facing forward where the head and antennae will be located. Outline the stripe with painter's tape, creating a line that is thin across the back and widens slightly as it reaches the head and tail of the creature. Paint inside the painter's tape with black exterior paint using a stiff paintbrush or sponge painter. Remove the painter's tape when the paint has dried completely.

Spots

Create circle templates with painter's tape, paper or cardboard of several different sizes. Paint several circles with black paint on each side of the ladybug. You can make each side symmetrical, or add the circles randomly, but do not place them too close together. Four to five circles on each side of the ladybug should be plenty.

Antennae

Fill the finger holes with black caulk and allow the caulk to slightly harden and smooth the caulk with a trowel or other straight edge. Insert thick copper wires into the caulk of the two side-by-side finger holes. Paint two wooden craft balls black and glue the balls onto the ends of the copper wires. If you chose to use copper balls for the antenna ends, solder the balls onto the wire before inserting them in the caulk-filled finger holes. Complete the project with a black face and white-accented eyes to give your garden statue personality. Allow the ball to dry for 24 hours and then spray it with a protective exterior clear coat.

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