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Garden Art that’s Right up your Alley

Turn secondhand bowling balls into eye-catching ornaments with a few simple materials

Fine Gardening - Issue 147

Gardeners have been using bowling balls as garden decorations for many years, especially since they started being produced in numerous jelly-bean colors and swirling patterns. To my taste, however, they still look like bowling balls. I started to wonder if I could disguise them and make them more elegant. Inspired by stone mosaics, I decided to glue stones and glass gems to bowling balls, and was amazed at the results. Here’s how I do it.

3 Steps to a Striking Ornament



Pea gravel

Bowling ball

Two-part epoxy glue

Clean scraps of wood and several nails for mixing and applying epoxy

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