Crystal Ball

This eerie crystal ball is a great Halloween centerpiece.
This eerie crystal ball is a
great Halloween centerpiece.

It doesn't take a fortune-teller to predict that this centerpiece will liven your party table.

What You'll Need
  • 73/4-inch glass ceiling globe fixture with base
  • Assorted removable star stickers
  • Glass frost spray
  • Acrylic paint: light blue, yellow, purple, teal
  • Small paintbrush
  • Adhesive-backed craft foam stars
  • Silver glitter spray
  • 2mm craft foam
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler, staples
  • 3 party glow sticks
  1. Remove glass globe from base. Place stickers randomly over outside of globe. Following directions on can of frost spray, spray a light, even coat of frost over entire globe. Let dry.

    Evenly apply the glass frost spray to the globe.
    Evenly apply the glass frost spray to the globe.

  2. Remove star stickers. (If stickers don't come off easily, use a blow dryer to warm them. They should come off easily.)

    Using the small paintbrush, paint around each star.
    Using the small paintbrush, paint dots around each star.

  3. Using handle end of small paintbrush, dip end into paint and dot around each star; let dry.

    Spray the base with the glitter spray and allow to dry.
    Spray the base with the glitter spray and allow it to dry.

  4. Attach foam stars around edge of base. Spray base with glitter spray; let dry.

    Group the activated glow sticks together and push them through the hole in the base.
    Group the activated glow sticks together and push them through
    the hole in the base.

  5. Place globe on base, using provided screws. Cut a 11/4 x 7-inch strip of craft foam. Create a ring, with a 21/2-inch overlap, and staple shut. Activate 3 glow sticks according to package directions right before party starts. Cluster sticks together, and slide foam ring over sticks until just above base of sticks. Push glow sticks through hole in base. (The foam protects sticks from metal's sharp edge and keeps them secure.) Replenish with fresh glow sticks as needed.

Horrifying Hint: You can also use a small flashlight to light your crystal ball by standing flashlight on end. Wrap the flashlight in foam to keep it snug inside the hole.

Next, we'll show you how to make another wicked Halloween centerpiece -- a wizard's hat. Go to the next page for the step-by-step directions and the materials you'll need.

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