Picture of How To Make A Bowling Ball Planter
After seeing Wuvie's instructable:http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-make-concrete-bowls-and-planters/, I knew I had to do this. So, having all the available tools and materials on hand, I proceeded to make a functional planter using a plastic bowl and a bowling ball as molds.  Having made several instructables that utilize concrete, I will refer you to those sites:http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Unique-Planters-With-Concrete/, for example and, of course Wuvie's excellent instructable, listed above.

Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

Picture of Gather Materials and Tools
See above listed instructables for complete material lists, and tools needed to complete this project.  I have shown the specific plastic bowl and bowling ball used.
Lulu9535 months ago

So how is the bowl removed, cut out or can it be slipped off?

Hariskal9 months ago

That is so simple yet so awesome. I tried soething similar but I didn;t have those shiny pebble, so I thought it would be a good idea to put Black sand instead. Didn't work out as i hoped, but still I was happy with the result

brandt e1 year ago
I thought you were supposed to just keep it damp while curing. Btw, great instructable!
ratgirl131 year ago
Made it and it is awesome. Am giving it to my son for Christmas, then will make one for myself. Thanks for the 'ible!
Creativeman (author)  ratgirl131 year ago
You're welcome, would like to see your work!
saosport2 years ago
This is great I had a bird bath base in my back yard that was with my house when I bought it and I was hoping to find a way to reuse it since it is large concrete and not easy to move. I think I'll try this in spring to make it into a planter. I will just have to use a bigger pipe so it fits on the base. Thanks again
doodle9612 years ago
I got a bowling ball at a yard sale today..now I know what I can use it for :) thank you for a wonderful instructable
Love it! the decorations on the lip of the bowl add the perfect touch.

I experienced total failure when trying to make tufa-concrete planters 15 years ago, and my quick-crete stepping stones did not last very long. The remains of all were recycled into our garter snake rockpile, "Snake Mountain".

I think the slow cure step you included is essential to making strong concrete. I am ready to try again.
Creativeman (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
Thanks for the comments!
WUVIE3 years ago
Hey, Creativeman, it looks great! And thank you!

Love the addition of the glass gems! Sorry I haven't been on much.
Returned the kudos to you with a link to your Instructable on mine.
Well deserved.

Keep up the great work!
Creativeman (author)  WUVIE3 years ago
Thank you, Wuvie. Your project was the inspiration!
love2die1003 years ago
Amazing idea ,could use it in my Garden.Thx4sharing.
bajablue3 years ago
I really like this!

Were the plastic mold and bowling ball reusable for future planters?
Creativeman (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Glad you liked it, thanks! I think the plastic bowl cracked a little, but should be able to use it again...bowling balls are pretty much indestructable, I think...got a large mold at a garage sale yesterday for .50 cents so they are easy to find, and can be disposable....
Good to know.

I have a trio of graduating (nesting) shell-shaped bowls that I'd probably be willing to sacrifice... lol... must decide! ;-)
blkhawk3 years ago
I was looking for an Instructable like this for quite some time now. You can add casting, molding concrete to the the tags, to make easier to find. Thank you for posting.
Creativeman (author)  blkhawk3 years ago
You are welcome, glad you found this ible...good luck!
That is so pretty! Succulents and concrete always look so nice together.
Creativeman (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks, and I think you are right!
Hiyadudez3 years ago
Very nice!

Creativeman (author)  Hiyadudez3 years ago
Thank you!