Caterpillar Bowling Ball Art

Garden visitors will be bowled over by this very friendly bowling ball art. It makes a great doorstop, but also looks sweet nestled in a flower patch or herb garden. Try creating different bowling ball bugs, like a ladybug or bumblebee.


  • Printer (optional)
  • Bowling ball
  • Medium or fine grit sandpaper
  • Spray paint primer
  • Spray paint
  • Chalk
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior-grade spray varnish

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Choose which bug you’ll be painting on your bowling ball. It may be helpful to print out an image of it for later reference.

Step 2

Sand your bowling ball to rough up the surface. Wipe the ball with a clean, soft cloth afterwards to remove any dust.

Step 3

Prime your ball. Once dry, spray paint the ball using the dominant color in your design. Let dry.

Step 4

Sketch bug design onto the ball using chalk. Then, paint design.

Step 5

Spray ball with several coats of exterior-grade spray varnish. Let dry.

Want to make this Bowling Pin Butterfly? Get the instructions here!

Heidi Hess

Alison Auth
Alison Auth makes crafts with her love of wildlife in mind. She enjoys beckoning birds to her backyard and creating an oasis for butterflies with beautiful plants.