Ladybug Bowling Balls

Readers Comments Prompted Me To Find
Painted Ladybug Ideas

Liz and Krista left comments on my blog post how to paint bowling balls about bowling balls painted to look like ladybugs. Krista said she saw a project in a magazine, but couldn’t remember what magazine.

So, this nudged me into trying to help some more and see what I could find, and voila … here are two photos from the many examples I found by doing a Google search. Just enter “ladybug bowling balls” and you’ll get links to many articles, forum discussions and such. Or use Google’s image search to instantly see lots of painted ladybug examples.

This image had been scanned from Backyard Living Magazine – July/August 2006 issue:

Old bowling balls painted to look like ladybugs.

And I found these little bowling ball ladybugs featured in an online article by April Johnson.

More ladybug bowling ball ideas.

These two ideas should help inspire any of you who want to try your hand at making a ladybug bowling ball for your next garden art project. Have fun! 😉


  1. Patti Clarke says:

    I saw a how to article once on making a ladybug with a half dome of concrete. I have been unable to find the pattern and was wondering if you knew of one? Thanks for your blog.


  2. glad you liked my husband’s ladybugs

  3. Claudia says:

    Yes Melea, they’re so cute. 🙂

  4. I just stumbled onto this site for the first time. What a pleasant surprise! I got a lot of fun ideas for my garden. I can’t wait to try some of them out. Thank you so much for all of the info.

  5. I love the idea of the lady bug bowling balls that will make good use of the old ones I have. They are soooo cute!!!!!!

  6. Just beautiful…i saw your instructions for the ladybugs and now I can give this project a try! Thanks so much.

  7. Betta Buildings says:

    Awh these ladybird bowling balls are so cute!

  8. Can I use spray varnish as a sealer???

  9. Claudia Brownlie says:

    Hi Kayla:
    Sure – as long as it’s OK for outdoor use. I once used a Valspar spray varnish on a bowling ball that wasn’t painted – I just wanted to brighten up the existing color and pattern that was already part of the ball, and the varnish did start to flake and became dull after the first year being outside. So, I will encourage you to use a clear polyurethane product, but then again, perhaps your experience with using varnish will be different from mine. Maybe the issues I had was because I didn’t sand the ball first, though the surface wasn’t super-smooth. Trial and error is what it takes sometimes. Good luck! 🙂


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