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Golf Ball Garden Buggies

Ladybugs! Bumblebees! Frogs! Birds!

Create these wonderful creatures from old golf balls. A simple step of curling the wire ends makes the project kid-friendly. You assemble them and the kids paint them!

Fun golf ball garden buggies for a recycled Earth Day craft project.

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You Will Need...

  • Golf balls
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Metal washers, nuts, screw
  • Primer
  • Craft paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Black Sharpie pen
  • Adhesive
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Electric drill
  • 3/64 drill bit
  • Safety glasses and gloves
Estimated Time:
  • Step 1

    Bend wires to desired shapes. Curl all ends that will be exposed to make these garden buggies kid-friendly.
  • Step 2

    Drill holes approximately 3/4" deep using 3/64" drill bit. Use a vice to hold the balls steady while drilling.
  • Step 3

    Use Sharpie to mark locations for drilling holes for legs, antennae, etc.
  • Step 4

    Insert wire legs etc. into holes. If they don't fit really snugly, add a little adhesive to the ends and try again. Allow to dry. I use Goop or E6000 for this.
  • Step 5

    Use adhesive to attach nut for nose (ladybug, bee), screw for beak (bird), washers for eyes (frog).
  • Step 6

    Prime everything (spray or brush).
  • Step 7

    Paint base colours: frog (green), bird (blue), ladybug (black and red), bumblebee (black and yellow).
  • Step 8

    Do finishing touches for each buggie. Frog: use Black Sharpie to draw eyes, nose, and smiling mouth. Ladybug: Paint or draw wings and spots. Bumblebee: Draw stripes with Black Sharpie and fill in with paint. Bird: Paint eyes with white paint, add details with Black Sharpie. See images for colours for legs and antenae.
  • Step 9

    Cut wire for legs, antennae, and bird tail. Frog: (4) 4" wire legs. Ladybug: (6) 1.5" legs and (2) 1" antenae. Bird: (2) 4" wire legs and (1) 10" wire tail. Bumblebee: (6) 1.25" legs and (2) 2" antennae.
  • Step 10

    Wash and dry golf balls. Decide which buggies you want to make and get supplies ready.
  • Step 11

    Get buggie!

One comment

  1. Melissa Will
    Melissa Will

    There seems to be a technical problem – the steps appear out of order! You can see complete instructions on my blog at empress of dirt dot net until I can edit this post properly.

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