Bumblebee Bowling Ball Project

This is my first attempt with bowling ball garden art and my first time posting. Meet Queen Bee-atrise.
First, I painted the ball Marigold yellow. After letting dry for 24 hours, completely cover with painters tape. Now, locate and mark the finger and thumb holes. This helps in determining the center of the face. Using a push pin, string and pin draw the first circle (this is the face). For each of the lines lengthen the string accordingly. I made my stripes 2 1/2".
Run an exacto or razor knife along the lines and remove the tape from the area your painting black. Spray paint the exposed areas and immediately remove tape. When paint is dry, fill each hole one third full with hot glue and let cool. When cool, fill another third and let cool. (I found if you fill the hole all at once, it takes a long time to set)
I used a heavy weight electrical wire for the antennas. Cut 2-10" wires.
Position one antenna in a finger hole and fill with hot glue. Hold into position until set. Repeat for other antenna.
I used an old pinwheel for the wings. Remove the petals by pulling each one out of the spoke. Pull the wire out of the petal. Do not cut the fabric. We'll use this for a pattern. Insert the ends of the wire back into the spoke. This will keep the shape of the wings while stitching the screen on.
I used black window screen for the wings. Place the pattern on the screen and cut around the pattern leaving 1/4" allowance. Brush super glue on the wire and center the screen on the wire. Place something heavy on the screen until glue has set. Now, fold the allowance over the back of the wire and stitch.
Finish filling the thumb hole with hot glue and working quickly position the wings and and hold until set.
I used the stake from a solar light for the stinger. Simply glue on.
Now paint the face. This can be done freehand or by making a template. Finish with a coat of polyurethane and you're done!

Suggested materials:

  • Bowling Ball, painters tape, spray paint, heavy electric wire, pinwheel, stake from solar light.  (I got the bowling ball at a yard sale. The paint at Walmart and everything else was pre-used materia)

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2 questions
  • Patricia Fluharty
    on Jun 3, 2016

    What is the stand made of?

    • Judy Rawlinson
      on Jun 4, 2016

      Patricia, the stand is iron. I found it at a yard sale, brought it home, painted it Marigold Yellow and then decided it was perfect for the bumblebee.

    • Patricia Fluharty
      on Jun 4, 2016

      Thank you. The bumblebee is adorable. You did a great job.

    • Charlene
      on Jun 9, 2016

      Great project! My craft business is "Queen Bee By The Sea". (I'm in Florida)

    • Judy Rawlinson
      on Jun 9, 2016

      Thank you! Queen Bee-atris would be a perfect greeter at your door!

    • Jade
      on Jun 9, 2016

      Oh she is sooo very cute!!!! I will try this; must start searching for a ball

    • Ram6016350
      on Jun 9, 2016

      I love this!!! Now I'm search of ball😀

    • Pam736307
      on Jun 10, 2016

      This is so darn cute. I'm looking for a old bowling ball.

    • C
      on Jun 10, 2016

      I want a bubble bee!!! It is so cute! Great job!

    • Dns6349831
      on Jun 11, 2016

      SO cute!

    • MaryJane
      on Jul 20, 2016

      I'm making 8 of them now as I write to give as Christmas in July gifts which will cover me from shopping for 8 in the winter. I wish I could think up cute stands as your. They are getting a metal 3ft. stake.

  • Hotheadzmarine.williamson
    on Jun 9, 2016

    I'm confused... you put the antennas in the 2 finger holes and the wings in Thumb hole? .... so where does the stinger go.??

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  • Susan
    on Jun 18, 2016

    Really cute!

  • Penny
    on Jul 16, 2018

    I absolutely adore this project. The bumble bee is so precious and the thought of making this with and for my grandchildren will be a magical experience, to say the least.

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