Love, Pomegranate House

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Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

I like a little bit of whimsy in my life. I like bubbles, rainbows, and playing on swing-sets. And I like my garden to have adorable bowling ball lady bugs. Or, more accurately, my mother’s garden.

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

My mom had seen these adorable lady bugs online {so sorry, I don’t know the original source} and she asked me to help her make them! She and I began doing this project back when I was visiting Chicago in July. {Let’s be honest, I mostly just took pictures. I did add 1 coat of red when it was needed. But that was about it. So I used the word “helped” pretty liberally!} I had to leave before they were done so she finished them up and sent me the pictures. They turned out amazingly! I love them! AND, though time consuming, they were pretty simple to make!

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Here’s what you need:

  • Bowling Ball: you can get these at thrift stores
  • Paint: 1 quart primer, 1 quart black paint, 1 quart red paint {make sure they are for exterior use}
  • Polyurethane {not pictured}
  • Black Silicone Waterproof Caulk
  • 2 pieces copper wire
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint Brush

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Start by propping your bowling balls up on something. We found this McDonald’s Iced Tea cup worked perfectly! Old mayo lid? Not so much. It left ugly circle lines. Then give your bowling balls one good coat of primer.

You will have to do this in stages since you will need to paint a majority of the ball, let it dry, then turn it to get the part that is sitting on the cup.

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

After your primer has dried, begin the coats of red paint. For some reason, red paint never coats as well as I would like. I believe it took us 3 coats of red paint to get good coverage.

{Okay. Random story time. Every time I walk into a red room I begin whispering “RED RUM!” Not because of The Shining but because my mom had a red living room and it was our way of saying “red room”. And then people look at me like I’m insane and about to murder someone.}

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Once the red paint is finally done drying, use your painter’s tape to tape off the center of the ball in this shape you see above. I don’t really know how to describe this shape. Make sure to have the finger holes in this center area. It is where your antenna will go!

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Paint the taped off area black. This took about 2 coats. And again, you might have to do it in stages.

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Now make your own circle “stencils” by putting 2 pieces of painter’s tape side by side and tracing a circle on them {a bottle cap is a great size! We also used a mayo jar lid}. Cut out the circle.

Put your stencils on your bowling ball and paint some black spots! When the paint is dry, remove the stencils. If your circles aren’t perfect, you can touch them up with a small paint brush. Now they are really starting to look like lady bugs!

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Using the waterproof silicone caulk, fill in the thumb holes and finger holes. Stick the 2 pieces of wire into the finger holes. Then let the caulk dry. Our pieces of wire started to droop a little so we had to prop them up against the wall while they dried.

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Finally, apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to seal your lady bugs! Oooo! So shiny!

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

Oh man, I do love these adorable little lady bugs! They look fantastic in the garden!

Bowling Ball Lady Bugs

You could also make a bumble bee using the same sort of technique! That would be adorable! Oh! Oh! Or you could line a few up in a row and make a giant caterpillar! That would make my day. If anyone does any of those other ones, PLEASE send me a picture.

Would you make bowling ball bugs for your garden?

talitha