Decorating a bowling ball is an easy and successful craft project for nearly anyone. Bowling ball decorating is an enjoyable pastime that allows you to express your own creativity and personalise an accessory. Whether you break up dishes for your mosaic covering or purchase beautiful glass marbles, when you use simple grout to press your decorative material in, you quickly transform a plain bowling ball into a work of art.
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Things you need
- Bowling ball
- Glass marbles
- Broken china
- Small mirror pieces
- Assorted Mosaic items
- Grout or mosaic medium
- Dishwashing soap
- Palette knife
Choose the colour theme or pattern you want for your bowling ball decoration. Colour coordinate to the room you want to place the project or your outdoor garden motif.
Collect your mosaic items. Purchase glass marbles, mosaic china pieces, mirrors or use found items from a thrift store or your own attic.
Be sure you have ample material before you begin. If you want to make a design such as your house numbers or initials, lay out your pieces on a sheet of paper first to ensure you have enough to complete the pattern.
Purchase your waterproof grout, Crafter’s “Goop” or silicone. You can use just about any waterproof mosaic medium you can purchase at your craft supply store.
Select a bowling ball without major cracks or chunks missing. You can usually find used balls at yard sales or resale shops for a few dollars.
Wash the ball with soapy dishwashing liquid and dry thoroughly.
Place the ball on an old towel to hold it in place while you work on different sections.
Lie out mosaic tiles as needed or place mosaic materials near your work surface.
Mix up your mosaic medium if necessary and apply with a palette knife to a section of the ball.
Apply mosaic material to the silicone or grout with your fingers. Press lightly but firmly into the material.
Continue to fill in the grouted area and then add another section of mosaic medium and decoration.
Allow sections to dry before turning the ball to complete the whole project.
Tips and warnings
- Fill the finger holes in the ball with grout or mosaic medium to create a perfect sphere or leave one hole open so that you can display the ball atop a fitted metal pipe in the yard.
- Purchasing enough glass balls or marbles to cover a bowling ball can be expensive. Make your first few balls with cheap broken plates or tiles until you perfect the process.
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