Ladybug Bowling Ball” #TBCCrafters Hop

I’ve seen things like this on a lot of sites and found a really great one on Love, Pomegranate House‘s website.  Thought it would be fun to try out.  My husband had his old bowling ball in the garage sale box, since the holes just didn’t fit his hands anymore.  I asked him if I could use it for this project and he said “sure”!

It was pretty easy to do and the hardest part was just waiting for the paint to dry! 🙂  Now I’m going to go look around the thrift stores to find some more, so that my little “lady” can have some friends!

I hope you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment on and share this #TBCCrafters craft!!

“Ladybug Bowling Ball


Materials/Tools Used: 

  • Old Bowling Ball
  • Spraypaint
  • Silicone Caulk
  • Sprinkler Wire
  • Painter’s Tape
  • & Time!

Ladybug Bowling Ball


I started by using an old egg carton to set the bowling ball up on to paint it.  I’ve seen that a lot of people use primer and paint this by hand, but I decided to go around all of that and just use spray paint.  Much easier and didn’t take as long to do.

Ladybug Bowling Ball

Once the paint was dry, I used painters tape to mark the spots to add the black in the middle.

Ladybug Bowling Ball

Ladybug Bowling Ball

I then let that part dry and went inside to make the antenna part.  Using some sprinkler wire that I got from the hardware store, I measured it into about 8″ pieces and clipped off what was not necessary.  Using pliers, I curled the ends to give it a more natural look (yeah, like wire for a bug can be natural ha/ha – you know what I mean 😉 )

Ladybug Bowling Ball

Now I had those ready and the paint was dry (after a few hours),  I made a template of dots on my Cricut and used that to pain the rest of the ladybug body.

Ladybug Bowling Ball

I then used some silicone to fill the holes (our store didn’t have black, so I had to use clear).  Once the silicone was in, I inserted the antenna and placed it in a way that it could cure without the wires moving.  It took a few hours for that to dry and for the pieces to become sturdy.

Ladybug Bowling Ball

When the spots had dried, I then used clear spray paint to seal the deal.  that way, it makes it harder for it to chip and just looks better over all.

Ladybug Bowling Ball

Once that dried, my little ladybug was ready to adorn the yard.  I hope to soon make some more, so that it can have some friends.  Even adding some “wings” to make a butterfly style one, I think, would be great!!

Ladybug Bowling Ball

Please take a minute to leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.  Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!


“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;”” –Matthew 6:20

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Jamie is the owner and writer of “Tiger Strypes Blog” located at  She decided to start “Tiger Strypes” to be able to write and share all types of things. A lot of people say they have a certain genre for their blog, either Family, Home & Garden, etc. I cannot put a pinpoint on what exactly I always write about, since it consist of many different topics. I talk about my family, crafting, God, and many other things. Forgive me for not picking a category – Tiger Strypes fits them all!  Away from the blog, I’m a stay-at-home Mom as well as run my own home-based business, JTGDesign, which offers graphic design, photo restoration and project creation.

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June 26, 2014

“Ladybug Bowling Ball” – #TBCCrafters (06/26/14)

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  1. Rose Powell

    June 26th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I love ladybugs, this is a fabulous yard ornament! Very creative and absolutely adorable!

  2. Andrea Kruse

    June 26th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Cute idea! We have a few old bowling balls around somewhere, too.

  3. Ellen Christian

    June 26th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    This is so cute! I want one of these in my garden!

  4. Dawn Pruitt

    June 30th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    OMG! How adorable! Love it!

  5. Linda Kinsman

    July 1st, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I would bowl with this cute ball, except I’d be afraid I’d wreck it. Very cute craft!