If you are like me you have seen bowling balls like this on Pinterest. I love the colorfulness as it brings such a bright spot to the garden. Plus I am doing a round/orb theme to the front garden. So here's how I made mine...
I bought my marbles, it took 15 bags to cover a regular bowling ball. I bought the marbles at the local dollar store but Walmart carries them too, $1 each. It says 50 but one is the larger shooter which I set aside.
I bought 2 tubes of GE all purpose clear silicone that is waterproof, we already have the caulk gun to put it in. See this post to see how to keep your large tubes from drying out. I did not use all of the second tube.
The bowling ball I picked up at Goodwill for $2, it is a solid black one.
I glued a canning jar ring to the ball where the finger holes are and filled in parts of the holes that showed with silicone, the ball was hole side up for this part. This makes a nice stand for while you are working on it, it won't show in the garden.
Once the base was dry I flipped the ball over to stand on it. Then squeezed glue in a small area on the top and started pushing the marbles into the glue. I worked in a circular pattern and tried not to have very much glue squish up between. I worked in small sections as I came down the sides, sometimes you have to push the marbles back up into place but they will hold as the glue gets drier. Do try to use different color marbles next to one another if you can.
After the top was done I waited until the next day to work on the bottom. Same scenario but I worked from the marble edge up to the ring base. This was a bit easier as the marbles could not slide down now.
And here it is completed. The silicone glue made kind of a frosty colored grout in the gaps. I'm not sure what it would look like with a multi-colored bowling ball but any solid color I think will work well.
Now to find the perfect spot in the garden.