Decorating Bowling Balls

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Decorating Bowling Balls
A plain bowling ball can become a unique garden ornament. (Bowling Ball image by yuri4u80 from

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
  • Paper
  • Grout or mosaic medium
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Towel
  • Palette knife

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    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.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    You can make your mosaic very organic with rocks or well-planned with glass marbles. (stones mosaic image by Jaroslav Machacek from
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    Collect your mosaic items. Purchase glass marbles, mosaic china pieces, mirrors or use found items from a thrift store or your own attic.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Glass pieces with a flat side make perfect mosaic material. (blue marbles image by saied shahinkiya from
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    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.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Loosely plan your design but be open to spontaneous changes when you work. (mosaic image by david hughes from
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    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.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Use clear silicone for a clean crisp look to your finished project. (green texture image by Galyna Andrushko from
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    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.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Old bowling balls can usually be found at thrift stores or resale shops. (au bowling image by iMAGINE from
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    Wash the ball with soapy dishwashing liquid and dry thoroughly.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Soapy water is all you need to remove dirt and oil from the ball's surface. (sudsy image by Micah Jared from
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    Place the ball on an old towel to hold it in place while you work on different sections.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Nestle the ball in an old towel to keep it from rolling while you work. (hand-towel image by William Burnett from
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    Lie out mosaic tiles as needed or place mosaic materials near your work surface.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Personalise your ball with your initials or house numbers. (lettre e image by olivier lhommais from
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    Mix up your mosaic medium if necessary and apply with a palette knife to a section of the ball.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    A palette knife or small trowel works well to apply the grout to the ball. (red image by Pefkos from
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    Apply mosaic material to the silicone or grout with your fingers. Press lightly but firmly into the material.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Grout and silicone become part of your design. (Mosaic Swirls image by Towards Ithaca from
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    Continue to fill in the grouted area and then add another section of mosaic medium and decoration.

    Decorating Bowling Balls
    Vary your mosaic material for a unique ball look. (mosaic image by Ruta Saulyte from
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    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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