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Ladybug Bowling Ball – Garden Ornament

I’ve had this old bowling ball since BEFORE we moved into our house. My sister actually bought it for me (it was like 75 cents at a garage sale) and when we were moving in my mom asked my why I had a bowling ball engraved with RJS. I told her my plans to turn it into a ladybug for the garden so she rolled it into the flowerbed. And there it has remained; for almost 3 summers.This summer was all about turning the front bed around, I shared some of the plants in my Gurney’s Plants review. Now that the flowers are starting to look a little more intentional, I figured it was time to fix up the bowling ball.

DIY Garden Ornament


  • bowling ball (black or paint it black)
  • contact paper and/or painters tape
  • scissors and red spray paint (I went with Krylon Cherry Red Gloss).

This is only slightly trickier than the Ladybug Vs. Bumble Bee Tic-Tac-Toe game.


I set up my insectary outside to make spray painting easy. I covered an old flower pot with a plastic bag and carefully set the bowling ball on top.

Bowling-Ball-Close-UpMy bowling ball had a birthmark, you can still see the white spots if you look for them. I marked out a center line with the painters tape and added rough hand-cut circles for spots and a half circle for the face. You could use vinyl and a fancy cutter but I didn’t see the need.


Then I got to spraying. And spraying.


And spraying. It took 5 coats of spray paint to cover the black to my liking. Let me just say, when they say high gloss they really mean it! You can even see my reflection in the center of the ball. I removed the stickers off while the paint was still slightly tacky.

Garden Ornament Upcycle

The part on the bottom remained black, I dug a little divot in the garden for the the ball to sit in so it doesn’t roll and you can’t see the bottom anyway. I left my lady simple and faceless but my husband thinks it’d be cute with black and white eyes and antennae.

Fun story, my brother-in-law came over to help Mike process deer and he thought it was a kick ball for the dog and tried to kick it. I was about 1/2 a second to late to stop him. luckily he wasn’t trying to kick it too hard because we were by the road. Everyone (including the bowling ball) survived the event and I learend to keep my Ladybug Bowling Ball secure in the garden.

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