How I made a penny ball as a gift for an avid gardener

When I saw the idea of creating a penny ball for a garden on Pinterest, I knew instantly it'd be a perfect birthday gift for my mom.

She's an avid gardner and loves spherical lawn ornaments. The penny ball is also supposed to turn your hydrangeas blue and repel slugs, but I'll have to wait on a final report from my mom on that. A quick Google search showed no scientific data to confirm those things.

Blog PhotoRegardless, I knew my penny-ball gift was meant to be when I realized it called for using a bowling ball.

My sister recently discovered two old bowling balls in one of her outbuildings, and I promptly asked her to donate one for the cause. (She actually donated two, and I'm making her a penny ball, as well.)

I asked the people who run Gorilla Glue's Facebook page for advice on what kind of adhesive to use, and I was thrilled when they promptly and Blog Photocomprehensively answered my question by suggesting clear silicone caulk.

So, here's how you make a penny ball:

- Scrub down your bowling ball, especially if you suspect it's been in a shed for at least several years

- Let it dry.

- Fill the bowling ball holes with caulk, or, if you want to still be able to grip it, ignore this step.

- Start applying caulk to surface of bowling ball using the holes as a guide. You'll eventually want to add the caulk in concentric circles.

- Stick pennies in caulk, add another concentric circle of silicone, repeat.

Blog PhotoI did this until all of the bowling ball was covered with pennies except the part that was resting on the ground. That had to wait a day, until the silicone dried enough to flip it over.

It certainly didn't take long, and I love how the green color looks beneath the pennies. It was a fun little project and I know my mom will enjoy it in her garden.

I picked up a cute little metal stand for it at The I.D.E.A Store, but then forgot to take a photo of it yesterday after giving it to my mom. I do think she liked it, though.

 

 

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