Use Beach Balls for Accent: Will they last?

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Use Beach Balls for Accent

By imapigeon
December 31, 2011

Inexpensive beach balls can be tucked among foliage as garden ornaments. They're easy to replace if you change your accent colors.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 31, 2011 8:15 AM CST
The beach balls I have come across have all faded and gone flat quickly. Just wondered what kind you get that keep their color and shape.
I'm greatly in favor of spheres in the landscape myself but mine are all glass or metal.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Dec 31, 2011 9:17 AM CST
I really like the look! Thumbs up

How pretty, Hetty!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 31, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Love this tip! I've seen inexpensive hard plastic type beach balls for sale at Wal-Mart and although the color will fade quickly in the intense Florida sun, they could be spray painted ... or kept in shady spots in the garden!
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Dec 31, 2011 11:36 AM CST
Oh, good idea Lin! Hurray!

You could use the spray paint that works and lasts on plastic, Krylon I think is the name!!
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extranjera
Dec 31, 2011 12:53 PM CST
In a garden I had long ago, I found lots of interesting colored bowling balls at thrift shops and built the borders for the gardens from them. There are some great, swirly colored bowling balls out there and they last a long time in the garden. I wish I still had a picture of that garden bed.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 31, 2011 12:58 PM CST
Yeah, bowling balls are great!
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plantladylin
Dec 31, 2011 1:46 PM CST
Green Grin! Krylon paint is my friend. Green Grin!

One of these days I want to paint or cover a few different size balls to use as art in the garden. I plan on looking at yard sales for used beach balls, bowling balls, basketballs ... whatever I can find. Even a tennis ball could be painted or embellished for garden art! These are bowling balls, but check out some of these great pictures: http://www.google.com/search?q=bowling+ball+garden+art&hl=en...

And, here's a tutorial from awhile back on the Garden Art Forum: The thread "Bowling Ball Garden Art Tutorial" in Garden Art forum

This is a bowling ball I covered with flower photo's from a magazine. I used Mod Podge to glue them to the bowling ball and then sprayed it with a clear sealer. It held up for only about two years in the intense Florida sun but I plan on re-doing it some day ... and I have another bowling ball that I want to do cover with mirrored glass or something.
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Dutchlady1
Dec 31, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Nice!
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wildflowers
Dec 31, 2011 2:42 PM CST
I love your deco ball, Lin.

That's it! Make some garden art is added to my list of New Year resolutions!
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valleylynn
Dec 31, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Love this idea. The only sphere type thing in my garden right now is a green float ball. This would be a great way to add more round objects. : )
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Dutchlady1
Dec 31, 2011 4:08 PM CST
I have about a dozen glass spheres of varying sizes, and a couple of wooden ones. I tend to pick a lot of these up at yard sales, but occasionally will splurge at 'real' store.
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imapigeon
Dec 31, 2011 9:27 PM CST
Some of my marbled plastic beach balls have held up through three + years of Gilroy temps (20's in the winter and 100's in the summer), which I think can beat up your Florida sun, Lin! (LOL!) Yes, they sometimes go flat, but I can pump 'em up with a bicycle pump. I usually find these in a big mesh bin in Tar-jay or a similar store.

I also have bowling balls and love them, but they're all the same size and I like having different-sized spheres in my garden!
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plantladylin
Jan 1, 2012 12:41 AM CST
Janet: LOL, we do get winter temp's in the low and mid 20º range here on occasion and we've had summer temp's in the mid and upper 90's sometimes ... but thank goodness it doesn't last long!

We've been having temperatures above normal for December ... upper 70's daytime, and low 60's at night but that's about to change ... Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are going to be in the low to mid 30's here .... Brrrr!
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