How to Make Bowling Pins with Plastic Bottles

By Alan Donahue

Going to the bowling alley could get a bit pricey and just a couple games of bowling for a family of four could cost of $40. Instead of spending the money, you could create your own bowling game right in your own backyard.

Collect 10 to 15 empty 2-liter soda bottles. Try to keep the soda bottles all the same shape so that everything will be equal when you are bowling.

Wash out the soda bottles by putting a little soap at the bottom and around three cups of water. Tightly put the cap on the soda bottle and then shake vigorously for fifteen seconds.

Remove the cap from the bottle and dump the soapy water into the sink. Rinse the remaining soap out of the bottle with more water.

Tip the bottles upside down on a paper towel so that the bottles become completely dried out. After they are dried out, replace the cap onto all of the bottles.

Using sand or water, fill each one of the soda bottles equally about 1/4 of the way up. This will help add onto the extra weight that will create more realistic falling bowling pins.

Set the pins up on old magazines or newspaper. Take a can of white spray paint and spray all around all of the bottles until they are completely white.

After the spray paint has tried, you can add a red stripe to the top of the bottle with a marker to give the bottle an even more authentic bowling look.

Test the pins out by setting up the mock alley outside. Mark the pin spots with chalk on a gravel area creating a 10-pin pyramid that is the standard in bowling. Place each pin onto a mark and then move back about 50 feet to bowl.

To effectively bowl, try using a ball that is a little harder like a kickball or a soccer ball. You may not have finger holes to put them into but you can still roll it or get creative by kicking it or doing something else.

After the first roll is made, remove the pins the fell down and continue for the second roll. The reason you have made more than ten is because sometimes the bottles will break and it is nice to have a quick replacement.

About the Author

Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.