If you’re a Halloween crafter, I bet you’ve come across this DIY to make stylishly spooky crystal ball candlesticks. It’s one of the earliest additions to my Halloween Pinterest Board and I’ve been forwarded it more than once on Facebook.
My friends know me so well.
I’ve had a hankering to recreate Flamingo Toes’ project ever since I saw it but when on the very same day, both candlesticks (HomeSense) and crystal balls (Tiger) presented themselves, I knew my hankering was about to be satisfied.
Naturally, I’ve put my own spin on this now popular Halloween decoration and I can’t wait to see how my candlesticks fit into The Witch at OneandSeventy’s Halloween Open House. They might even give you a bit of a clue as to one of this year’s themes.
How I made my Crystal Ball Candlesticks
Unlike the original, my candlesticks started out white and wooden.
Beggers can’t always be choosers when stalking the sale aisles!
No biggie, that’s what paint’s for.
After removing the embellishments (and promptly putting them in my crafts stash. Obvs.) I painted the candlesticks with black emulsion. Unorthodox perhaps, but as you may recall, I have a ton of tester pots to use up and hey…! It did the job!
Once dry, I went over the sticks with Annie Sloan Black Wax. Not strictly necessary, but scratchy flat black paint puts my teeth on edge.
Remember when I said I found the crystal balls at the same time as the candlesticks? Well, Tiger just happened to have these cool globe storage jars with cork bottoms (lids?)
I picked them up with thoughts of more potion bottles but when I got them home, I discovered the lids were the same size as my candlesticks. Bonus! Potions forgotten, I painted the lids black and glued them onto the candlesticks.
The other great thing about these storage jars is lids (bottoms?!) are removable, so I can swap out the innards whenever I fancy. They’re only held in with a little hot glue, which will come right off the glass with little effort.
Before turning my attention to the globes, I dry brushed the sticks and their new lids with DecoArt’s Dazzling Metallics acrylic in Splendid Gold to give them a little more detail.
I created the smoky effect inside each globe using a long taper candle. Tapers give off plenty of smoke while their length helped to protect my fingers. As an added step, I felt my globes needed a little age, so I lightly sanded the outside of the glass.
All-seeing Eye Crystal Ball
For my first crystal ball, I copied the all-seeing eye from Flamingo Toes because a) I already had the graphic, b) it matches my teacups and c) it looks cool!
Following the same steps as the original tutorial, I downloaded the template, printed the eye onto a transparency sheet then cut and glued it to the inside rim of the glass before popping the globe back into its lid.
Butterfly in a Globe
Instead of cutting a circle, I stuck the butterfly to a small strip of transparency sheet and glued that to the rim. You can just see it at the top of the antennae.
Mummified Skeleton in a Crystal Ball
My final crystal ball candlestick is a bit more macabre.
I had high hopes of squeezing in a whole mummified skeleton in the foetal position, but the globe wasn’t quite big enough. So I chopped off his legs, mummified his torso and gently coerced him in.
As you do.
Never fear. His legs came in very useful, having become the chalk-holder on my Halloween Countdown! Nothing goes to waste in my world.
So what do you think? I love how they turned out and I hope you feel I’ve done the original project justice. Maybe my changes have inspired you to make some Fortune Teller Crystal Ball Candlesticks of your own. As always, I’d love to hear from you, so drop a comment below to let me know.
A hui hou,
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