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Amazingly Simple DIY using an Ugly Old Ball

Amber Glass Gazing Ball

Do you ever go overboard on a project?  And you don’t realize it until after the fact?  Well, I do!  I decided awhile ago that I wanted to do a few simple DIY projects with old bowling balls.  And I was so gung-ho that before I knew it, I had 3 bowling balls sitting in my garage just waiting to be turned into fabulous yard art!  The first 2 were easy!  I knew I wanted one with pennies on it for one area of my landscaping.  And I knew I wanted a turquoise/blue one for my pond area.  The third one….  That’s where things stalled.  It’s like I lost all my bowling ball creativity.

Thanks NORBS for giving up your bowling ball!

Amber Glass Gazing Ball

So, first, I painted it one color but didn’t love how it turned out.  Then I painted it another color and tried a paint effect on it but that was a fail.  So, it sat, month after month.  Waiting for me to decide just what I wanted to do with it.  It was the saddest looking bowling ball project.  Little bits of the old paint color were peeking out from under the most current color attempt.  It was getting dusty and spider webby sitting on the floor of the garage.

But I’m not one to give up so easily.  I had this bowling ball and I was determined to make something of it!  But when I looked for ideas and nothing was striking my fancy.  I would look at the craft stores for different ideas and nothing jumped out at me.  I was afraid this poor bowling ball was going to be sitting there for a long time before it got to see it’s potential.  But then, as if the crafting gods were looking down on me, I was drawn into the crafting aisle at Wal-Mart and there it was!  Amber gems….  I don’t know about you but I love amber glass!  And I thought they would be really, really cool on a bowling ball!

Amber Glass Gazing Ball

I grabbed the few bags that I knew I would need and headed home to paint the ball yet one more time!  I had some bronze paint at home that I thought would make for a nice undercoat for the amber glass gems.  Thankfully, I had some clear silicone left over from something long forgotten.  And the bowling ball holes had already been stuffed with old newspaper and filled in with caulking.  So after the paint job, it was ready to be spruced up.

Well, hello, gorgeous!

Amber Glass Gazing Ball

And after all that pondering on what to do with it, I love how it turned out!  But like I said, I love amber glass!  It reminds me of the old amber bottles my grandpa used to dig up and give to us when he worked in construction.  I still have a collection of them that are probably not worth much but are irreplaceable to me.

If you have any old bowling balls and are not sure what to do with them, try this or the pennies.  They’re really easy projects.  They just take a little time.  Or you can always do something like this guy did in Oklahoma!   If I’m ever in Oklahoma again, I’m going to make a point to go check this out!  I can only imagine how cool it probably is in person!

TTYL!  Lori

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Amber Glass Gazing Ball

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