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DIY Ping Pong Ball Garden Spikes

DIY Garden Spikes: A Ping Pong Ball Upcycling Project

Learn to make whimsical garden spikes to add a shot of color and shine to your potted plants and garden beds. This touch of playfulness can be made in any color to match your plants or décor.  Grab some ping pong balls, a couple of bamboo skewers and let’s begin!

Materials you’ll need:

ping pong ball garden spikes

  • Ping pong balls
  • Wooden or bamboo skewers (available at any hardware or grocery store)
  • Craft knife or sharp scissors
  • Spray paint designed for plastic (Rustoleum 2X is great)

Step 1: Gather your ping pong balls.

If you’ve got some old ones lying around, this is the perfect chance to put them to good use. You can find some at most sporting goods stores or even try the thrift store for a great deal. We’re going to paint them, so it doesn’t matter if they “match”.

Step 2: Make a tiny hole for the skewers.

ping pong ball garden spikes

Using a craft knife or scissors, carefully cut a small hole in the bottom of each ping pong ball. Really you just stick the sharp tip of your utility knife in where the words are on your ping pong ball and wiggle it a bit.

This is where you’ll insert the skewer, so make sure the hole is just big enough to fit them snugly.

ping pong ball garden spikes

Insert the skewers through the hole and up to the top of the ball. You can use a bit of hot glue to secure if you’d like, but I found they stay just fine without glue.

Step 3: Paint your garden spikes.

Now comes the fun part, spray paint!

Once your ping pong balls are on their skewers just spray with your favorite color of spray paint.

ping pong ball garden spikes

I sprayed the balls and the skewers of the garden spikes to get a nice even color. This also helped “glue” the ping pong balls to the skewers a bit. Ahh, the many joys of spray paint…

I chose silver to coordinate with the large silver orbs in the same garden bed. They add a little sparkle to the pots and really fill in the bare spots while the potted annuals are still growing up.

If you’re feeling artsy, grab some outdoor acrylic paint and let your imagination run wild! You can add patterns, faces, or even turn them into little garden creatures.

I came across some glow-in-the-dark ping pong balls at a thrift store and just knew they had to come home. Can’t wait to see how they work out in the pot near the front door.

Step 5: Plant your garden spikes.

Now comes the best part – placing your DIY garden spikes in their new homes! You can vary the height of your skewers by shoving them deeper into the soil or using some shorter or taller skewers.

They’ll add a whimsical touch to your flower beds, potted plants, or vegetable patch.

ping pong ball garden spikes

Pro tip: If you plan to keep your ping pong ball garden spikes outside all year round, it’s a good idea to apply a waterproof sealant to protect them from the elements. If you used spray paint designed for outdoors, you should be good to go. Otherwise, a quick spray with a clear coat is a good idea.

So, there you have it – a fun and easy DIY project to brighten up your garden using ping pong balls! Not only will you add some quirky charm to your outdoor space, but you’ll also find a new appreciation for repurposing everyday items. And it involves spray paint, what’s not to love!

Happy Crafting!

Joanne

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