DIY Bowling Ball Pumpkin

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Ever have a perfectly useless bowling ball sitting around and have no idea what to do with it except to leave it for the garbage truck? They’re heavy and roll, so there isn’t a whole lot you can do with them, right?

Check out this fun project…a bowling ball pumpkin!

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comMy oldest son knows how much I love to treasure hunt during our city spring clean up each year, and instead of being able to go with him this year, I had to be in the NICU with our 6 week early baby.  So, he thought he’d give it a go on his own, and found a bowling ball.  He was so excited to send me a picture of it, but I have to admit I thought to myself, “What are we going to do with that?”.

I’d seen them be used for yard art, but it wasn’t until this fall rolled around that the idea struck me….a PUMPKIN!

Want to make one too?  Just grab a bowling ball, some paint, and let’s roll! (get it?  bowling ball…roll…ha!)

Starting off, we wanted the ball to stay put on any surface, so we took a 6.5″ x 6″ piece of old barn wood (any wood will do), and drilled a hole using a 2″ hole saw bit on our drill.  You don’t have to have wood, you could use a dish, candlestick, etc. to hold it in place – our ball even stayed when placed on the finger holes, but I wanted to be sure my little ones didn’t knock it over.

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DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comNext, since you want the paint to stick to the slick surface of the ball, grab some sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit.

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Fun part! We mixed up our own base coat of pumpkinish colored paint. To add dimension, my son figured out to drag the paintbrush in strokes going around the bsall from top to bottom to give the ball a ridged effect. That’s my boy!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since the ball is so..well…round, we wanted to create even more dimension and used Martha Stewart’s textured finish to glop on some pumpkin-type bumps all over.  You could use a thick flour and water mixture, hot glue, whatever you’d like to get the same effect.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
After the texture is applied we did our last coat with Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in the color pumpkin (or course!).
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
When you look at a pumpkin you don’t just see orange, but also some browns and greens, right? We dabbed on a bit of brown, darker green and highlighted with light green to get a homegrown look.
Using that same brown, my guy went around the ball drawing the striations (lines) down the pumpkin at about 3″ intervals starting from the center going to the opposing center. Then, on those striations, we glued on twine to take away from the perfect round shape.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
With a few scrap pieces of green and brown burlap, he cut 3 leaves (you can do as many as you like), then painted veins on them with that brown we used earlier.  You could also use crinkly brown packing paper, fabric, fake or real leaves, etc.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We glued on a real dried up pumpkin stem (you could use a bent tree branch if you don’t have one) and added some curly twine as vines.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Cute factor:  We could have made up the bowling ball with a screaming ghostly face using the finger holes as eyes and mouth (see photo above), but since we don’t celebrate Halloween, we wanted to keep this project on the harvest side of the season and added a little friend.  Meet Felipe!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I used a tiny amount of Sculpey to create a mouse head that would peek out of his home at “143 Charger” – isn’t that stinkin’ cute?!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My son did a fantastic job, and I am happy we found a use for a pretty useless hunk of trash.  Win-win!
Now let’s party!
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10 Comments

  • Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    Wow, y’all did such a good job of turning that bowling ball into a pumpkin and it couldn’t be any cuter! Love the little mouse…he’s the perfect touch.

    September 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Robin

    I love love love this!!!! Pinned xo

    September 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Leslie Stewart

    What a fun project! Very clever!
    Have a great weekend.
    Leslie
    House on the Way

    September 21, 2014 at 3:12 am Reply
  • Anne

    The coolest idea for a bowling ball! Love this so cute,and clever! Wish I thought of this when my daughter was little.It makes a fun craft day!

    September 22, 2014 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Artsy Chicks Rule

    That is adorable and SO clever!!!

    Nancy

    September 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply
  • MixedKreationsJewelryDesigns

    How adorable! And clever. I picked up a bowling ball at a yard sale to make a ladybug and just haven’t done it yet. I might have to make a pumpkin instead. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Visiting from vintage inspiration party.

    September 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    Love it.& so glad you anchored it.lol😉

    August 26, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…totally! 😀

      August 29, 2016 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Liz

    Larissa, once again…. so darn cute! And the mouse coming out of the hole, sweet touch.

    August 26, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thanks for the love, Liz. 😉

      August 29, 2016 at 5:50 am Reply

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