Garden Art Or Junk Art …
Painted Bowling Balls Are Really
A Fun & Funky Look In the Garden
I recevied this email from Freddie who asked:
I found your website by accident and I love it. I love trying new garden art projects, especially junk garden art! I have tried to make garden spheres many times….some came out better than others….and this year I was lying in bed and it occurred to me to use bowling balls. Sheer Genius, right?
My boss brought me two from his last bowling night, one real beauty that I wouldn’t consider painting, but one I’ll paint. What do you suggest I use for paint?
Of course my husband thinks I’m nuts with bowling balls in our garden. Let me know about the paint. Thanks. Freddie
Thank you for contacting me and for the kind compliment about my site. I do try hard to offer great information.
About painting bowling balls (yeah, I kinda love junk garden art, too!) – here’s my suggestions:
• take sandpaper and scuff up the surface really good; this will help a primer coat and/or paint to adhere much better
• prime it with something like “Kilz” (there is an exterior all-purpose version–you can find it at Lowe’s or Home-Depot as examples)
• paint with latex or oil-based paints (I’ve been successful using both)
• finish with at LEAST a couple of liberal clear top coats (matte, gloss or semi-gloss – whatever you prefer)
If you take care with all the steps, your painted bowling ball should last many years in the sun. But be warned, UV rays really take a toll on everything, and even the best paint job might start showing “age” in a few years. I am sure you understand this.
That is why taking extra time to “do it right” the first time will save you peeling paint before the year is finished.
Does this help? If not, please do not hesitate to contact me again. Have fun!!
Freddie wrote back to say:
Actually your instructions were what I was thinking about doing anyway, it just seemed too logical and easy.
I’m a big recycler, so reusing bowling balls just seemed a no brainer. My boss actually brought me two of them from his league night at bowling. I’m sure he must think I’ve lost it, but I wanted to make a couple for my sister and her gardens.
Can’t wait to get this funky bowling ball garden art project rolling.
Thanks for the info … Freddie