Friday, September 19, 2014

The Best of DIY Linky Party & DIY Bowling Ball Pumpkin

Are you ready to get your DIY on with 27 of the best DIY blogs around?
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
But, before we start up the linky party, I've got a fantastic fall DIY project for you.


Ever have a perfectly useless bowling ball sitting around and have no idea what to do with it except to leave it for the garbage truck? They're heavy and roll, so there isn't a whole lot you can do with them, right?

Check out this fun project!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My oldest son knows how much I love to treasure hunt during our city spring clean up each year, and instead of being able to go with him this year, I had to be in the NICU with our 6 week early baby.  So, he thought he'd give it a go on his own, and found a bowling ball.  He was so excited to send me a picture of it, but I have to admit I thought to myself, "What are we going to do with that?".

I'd seen them be used for yard art, but it wasn't until this fall rolled around that the idea struck me....a PUMPKIN!

Want to make one too?  Just grab a bowling ball, some paint, and let's roll! (get it?  bowling ball...roll...ha!)

Starting off, we wanted the ball to stay put on any surface, so we took a 6.5" x 6" piece of old barn wood (any wood will do), and drilled a hole using a 2" hole saw bit on our drill.  You don't have to have wood, you could use a dish, candlestick, etc. to hold it in place - our ball even stayed when placed on the finger holes, but I wanted to be sure my little ones didn't knock it over.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Next, since you want the paint to stick to the slick surface of the ball, grab some sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Fun part!  We mixed up our own base coat of pumpkinish colored paint.  To add dimension, my son figured out to drag the paintbrush in strokes going around the ball from top to bottom to give the ball the ridged effect.  That's my boy!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since the ball is so..well...round, we wanted to create even more dimension and used Martha Stewart's textured finish to glop on some pumpkin-type bumps all over.  You could use a thick flour and water mixture, hot glue, whatever you'd like to get the same effect. 
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
After the texture is applied we did our last coat with Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in the color pumpkin (or course!).
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
When you look at a pumpkin you don't just see orange, but also some browns and greens, right? We dabbed on a bit of brown, darker green and highlighted with light green to get a homegrown look.  

Using that same brown, my guy went around the ball drawing the striations (lines) down the pumpkin at about 3" intervals starting from the center going down to the opposing center.  Then, on those striations, we glued on twine to take away from the perfect round shape.  
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
With a few scrap pieces of green and brown burlap, he cut 3 leaves (you can do as many as you like), then painted veins on them with that brown we used earlier.  You could also use crinkly brown packing paper, fabric, fake or real leaves, etc.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We glued on a real dried up pumpkin stem (you could use a bent tree branch if you don't have one) and added some curly twine as vines.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Cute factor:  We could have made up the bowling ball with a screaming ghostly face using the finger holes as eyes and mouth (see photo above), but since we don't celebrate Halloween, we wanted to keep this project on the harvest side of the season and added a little friend.  Meet Felipe!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I used a tiny amount of Sculpey to create a mouse head that would peek out of his home at "143 Charger" - isn't that stinkin' cute?!  
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My son did a fantastic job, and I am happy we found a use for a pretty useless hunk of trash.  Win-win!

Now let's party!
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I am wonderfully blessed to be able to collaborate with this fabulous group of bloggers with a flair for DIY.  Meet the ladies:
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Our Southern Home
Prodigal Pieces

Be sure to stop by these blogs and check out all the goodies they have to offer. We've created a Pinterest board, The Best of DIY, with oodles of projects. AND if you want to find us on other social media like Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, Hometalk or Instagram, just use the hashtag: #bestofDIY.  Easy peasy.

When you link up to this party you're not only linking up here. Your project will also be linking up with the 26 other bloggers as well.  You can't get more bang for your link.

Link up to 3 of your projects, just make sure they're DIY in nature - you can include how you created decor by adding a special touch or a craft, furniture redo...you get the idea, right? 

Now it's time to show us your DIY stuff!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Boutique Showcase #44: The Linky Party Featuring Your Online Shop

One more week left of summer.  Can you believe it?!  Wow.  Autumn begins next week and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to slow down a bit. 

Did you see the exciting event coming up this Friday?

Be sure to mark your calendar for the best DIY party EVER!  Just by linking up here you will be linking up to 27 other fabulous blogs, so be sure to stop by with your DIY projects! 

Let's get this party started!  Be sure to stop by and check out last week's showcase to feast your eyes on all the creative goodness the shop have to offer.


Here are this week's features...take note of the most viewed item...3 WEEKS IN A ROW!!  Applause is deserved, so send her a congrats...I know she'd like to hear from you!
by Snug Harbor Bay
Handmade Galvanized Shell Bucket by Snug Harbor Bay via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Upcycled Desk Set
by 47th Place
Upcycled Desk Set by 47th Place via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
by Interior Frugalista
Vintage Men's Valet Jewelry Box by Interior Frugalista via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
#1 most viewed shop's item...3rd week in a row - record!
by Anastasia Vintage Home
Lovely Vintage Accent Chair by Anastasia Vintage Home via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Let's see what's new in your shop and get this week's party started!!

The linky party that is open to anyone with an Etsy Shop, Online Shop or Boutique. No worries, you don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be fantastic if you would grab the marketplace image below and place it somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about this wonderful shopping experience.
Link party button for Prodigal Pieces
<div class="Prodigal Pieces-button" style="width: 350px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.prodigalpieces.com" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/ProdigalPieces/boutiqueshowcasenew_zps90d4aea4.jpg" alt="Prodigal Pieces" width="350" height="216" /> </a> </div>
The best part...You can link up to three of your individual shop items or shop blog posts. Just make sure these items you are linking are actually available FOR SALE, and link up using the permalink directly to the item or post to make it easy to find. 

A new party begins each week at 8 PM (EST) Tuesdays, so mark your calendar!

Are you here to shop?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because new items are always being added. 

Let's party!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Biggest DIY Party EVER Coming Your Way!

Woo hoo!  I'm excited to announce a DIY party to end all parties - The Best of DIY!
This Friday, September 19th at 8 PM CST, 27 bloggers sharing one or more DIY projects and a linky party to showcase YOUR DIY projects.

Simple and easy...Link up on one blog and be seen on 27!

See you there!
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