Making Ladybug Garden Statues with a Bowling Bowls Making Ladybug Garden Statues with a Bowling Bowls
If you have old bowling balls lying around your house, you can turn them into beautiful ladybug garden statues for the outdoors. With a little bit of paint and some creativity, you can have a really nice addition to your garden.
Step 1 – Prime your Ladybug
Prime your bowling ball with exterior paint. Make sure you use paint made for the outdoors. You can also wipe it down with a wet cloth or shine it if you like.
Step 2 – Prepare your Ladybug
Place the bowling ball in front of you with the holes facing you, with the two on the bottom and one on the top. In the middle of the two holes, run a length of tape over the top of the ball. This will separate the wings. Put two more pieces of tape next to either side of the first piece of tape from the eyes down. This will be the head.
Step 3 – Paint the Ladybug
Paint the bowling ball red (or any other color you choose), except for the taped area. Allow the ball to dry, and then remove the tape. Use black paint on the area where the tape once was. Create spots on the ladybug however you like. If you want even spots, you can use a compass or cloth circle to trace around.
Step 4 – Add Antennas
Use caulk, hot glue, or super glue to fill in the three holes of the bowling ball. While the glue or caulk is still wet and beginning to dry, place two pieces of copper wire in the two holes to make antenna. You can make them as long or short as you like. Once they have dried into place, you can paint around them. Glue or attach the wooden or plastic beads to the top of each copper wire to complete the antenna. The wire can string through the beads and be bent to hold them in place.
Step 5 – Be Creative
Make a whole family of ladybugs if you like. You can use a variety of different colors and sizes. You can paint a face or eyes on the ladybug if you want. Bend the antenna in different directions to make a zany ladybug. Make the spots different colors if you like. Be creative.
Step 6 – Find a Place for Your Ladybug
Once your ladybug is complete and dry, find a place to put it. Mulch or soil is good, because you can just push the ladybug down into them a little bit and it will stay put. If you want to put it on a patio or walkway you’ll have to attach a board to the bottom. Make sure you put it where people will be sure to see your handiwork.