How does a non-golfing family end up with a bucket of golf balls?
I imagine it’s the usual way.
We scavenged for them.
In our version of “I Spy” we search the beach at low tide for golf balls hidden under rocks. At the top of the cliffs above the beach there is a park and it seems some golfers like hitting balls into the ocean. Naughty, naughty.
Collecting the golf balls is great fun, but I needed something to do with the growing collection other than
take up an expensive hobby play golf.
My daughter and her friends transformed the first bunch into emojis.
That project was super cute, but it did not deplete the golf ball reserves.
As the days on the calendar moved closer to autumn, I knew there was only one thing to do…turn the rest of the golf balls into mini pumpkins.
And it’s so easy. Paint the golf balls and then hot glue on a stem! That’s it!
But because I like to hear the sound of my own typing, I’m going to riff a bit on this project.
First and foremost, no matter what type of paint you decide to use, painting round objects takes time.
So. Much. Time.
Pull on your patience pants because you cannot rush things. You need to make sure the paint is fully dry – not just dry to the touch – before you rotate the golf balls to paint another section.
Now, it turns out that plastic shot glasses make a perfect pedestal to hold the golf balls while painting. Again, just make sure they dry FULLY before you rotate.
Otherwise, the paint will get dinged up and that little fiasco will make you want to use those shot glasses for their intended purpose. Not that I know this from experience or anything.
Spray paint with primer would work great for transforming the golf balls into pumpkins. I ended up not finding the exact spray paint color I was looking for, so I decided to experiment with mixing acrylic paints to achieve a custom color.
What happened next was a happy accident. I didn’t really know how much paint this project would require. Covering over the writing on the balls ended up taking several coats of paint. I didn’t count, but 4 or 5 coats maybe? And this was over the course of a few days.
Essentially, I was mixing the paint each time I brushed on a new layer. So that meant the balls ended up with slightly different colors. Pumpkins aren’t uniform. In fact, they are imperfect and quirky, so this worked for me.
I excel at justifying my DIY outcomes.
The pumpkin “stems” were procured from a shrub growing in my garden. I trimmed the twig to my desired size with scissors and glued it on with a dab of hot glue. I added the green twine (also with hot glue) as I thought it made my pumpkins look a little more pumpkin-esque.
Beware! The glued-on stems are a bit fragile. So if you’re going to take photos of your cute pumpkins and one rolls off the table…the stem is probably going to pop off and you’ll need to glue it back on. Not that this happened to me or anything.
*cough* twice *cough*
As I prepare to bathe the entire house in pumpkin-everything, I think my new golf ball pumpkins will find a home in a pretty bowl in my living room. Or on the dining room table. We’ll see.
Also, if pumpkins aren’t your thing – don’t tell anyone – that could turn ugly!
But if pumpkins really aren’t your thing, you could paint the golf balls red instead and make APPLES!!
Wow. That was a happy little plot twist. This blog. Always keeps you
asking why on your toes.
P.S. Please don’t buy new golf balls for this project. Ask around first. Golfers will often have a ton of practice balls that aren’t in great shape that they will be willing to part with for free or cheap.
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