Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks

Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

I have always been a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. It is definitely one of my favorite rides there! I think it has inspired a lot of my Halloween décor too. I just love that spooky Victorian look!

One of my favorite rooms in the Haunted Mansion is the Crystal Ball room and I’ve always wanted to recreate something similar! Well today I am showing off my new Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks!

Creepy Crystal Balls

They are super easy to do too! I love the floating images inside them. So creepy!

Spooky Candlestick Display

All the images I used are from The Graphics Fairy. She has a fabulous resource of creepy old Halloween images!

Crystal Ball Skull

So are you ready for a fast tutorial?

Here’s what you’ll need:
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Update #1: The amazing Karen from The Graphics Fairy and I have worked together to bring you the printable for the crystal ball shapes, along with the images in place! You can head over to The Graphics Fairy to download the Printable! Woohoo!
Update #2: Some readers have had trouble using the PDF printable without the images. You can download a .jpeg version of the blank pattern here – if you paste this into Word and then paste your images on top of it, that should work too! Hope that helps!

Start by deciding on your images for the crystal balls. I’ve provided a blank pattern for the shape for you, you’ll need to paste in the images you want to use. As I said earlier, I found mine at The Graphics Fairy –  but you can use any image you’d like for a spooky effect.

Once you have your images in place, print them out on the Inkjet Transparency Film.

Printed images on transparency

Cut out all the shapes, inside the black line. You will now have a clear image for your crystal ball.

cut out transparency

Since crystal ball’s tend to be a bit cloudy, we’re going to add some smoke to ours to make them creepier, and to hide the transparency a bit.
I have some safety tips for you – seeing as you are going to be playing with glass and fire.

making smoky glass

  1. This is not a kids craft. (fire + glass + kiddos = not awesome)
  2. Use a candle, not a lighter or other open flame. Candles smoke more and won’t get quite as hot as a lighter.
  3. Light a candle and hold the opening of the ball just over the top of the flame. You’ll start to see the flame smoke and fill the ball.
  4. This will get hot. Add a little smoke, take a break and let the ball cool off, then add a little more.
  5. Don’t touch the bottom edge of the opening to see if it’s hot. Trust me. It is. (not that I would have experience with that or anything.)
  6. Do not hold me liable for anything that happens to you, your house, or your cats while you are playing with fire. K?

Fill your ball with smoke until it is as dark as you’d like. Here’s a regular ball, and one that I’ve smokified.

smoky glass and plain glass

Once your crystal ball is completely cool, roll up your transparency image tight enough to slip inside the ball. Do your best not to touch the inside of the opening, it’s full of black stuff. If it does though, it’s not a tragedy. It will just add to the creepiness of the images.

placing transparency in bulb

To get the image to stand up straight and look right, add a tiny bead of hot glue to the inside of the front of the ball opening. Press the tab on the transparency that is in the opening onto the glue bead.

Gluing transperency in bulb


crystal ball with eye

Now you can add your crystal balls to your candlesticks! If you have children, pets or husbands that are likely to bump, pick up or mess with these, I highly recommend gluing them into the candlesticks.

crystal ball on candlestick

Here’s a side view – you can see that the transparency is hardly noticeable.

side view of crystal ball

And here’s a front view of our spooky candlestick! Now you can make as many as you’d like!

You can check out this skull version in my Poisoned Apple Entryway display!

Creepy Candlesticks

Halloween Crystal Balls

I think crows are super spooky. All it takes is one viewing of The Birds and you’ll never be the same again.

Crystal Ball Crow

Crystal Ball Candlesticks

I hope you like them!


  • Reply October 4, 2015


    Hi Bev! I chose this as my fav link up from last week’s Teach Me Tuesday party. It will be featured at this week’s party starting Monday 7pm CST.

    Thanks so much for linking up with us!!!

    Have an awesome week ;)

  • Reply October 4, 2015


    This is so COOL!!! and easy too. I need that. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty . I hope you will join us again next week.

  • Reply October 4, 2015

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Bev, these are so cool! I love black candlesticks, I already have a few, I’m wanting the tall spindly one, it is so gorgeous! I am so impressed with your creativity, this is the perfect Halloween decoration! Love them.

  • Reply October 6, 2015


    Has anyone done these with using just regular white printer paper? Im sure it doesn’t look quite as spooky…. but does it look terrible? I really want to make these but im trying to budget all my crafty ideas! Thanks.

  • Reply October 7, 2015

    Val @ Home Made Modern

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Reply October 7, 2015

    The DIY Homegirl

    Very cool. I’ve yet to see any Halloween crafts like this. I love how you can customize them with the images!

  • Reply October 8, 2015


    Bev, these are really cool! I need to find some bulbs… Pinned! I would like to invite you to share at the party http://sweethings.net/oh-my-heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday/


  • Hey, Bev! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!! http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/10/08/home-matters-linky-party-58/

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  • Reply October 10, 2015


    Those candlesticks are so cool!

  • Reply October 13, 2015


    Those are amazing!!!! I love how it looks so difficult, but your breakdown makes it seem easy. Cannot wait to try!! #HomeMattersParty

  • Reply October 22, 2015


    I found your tutorial on Pinterest; this is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful Halloween project! Your instructions and photos were perfect, and I made the spooky crystal balls and found some candlesticks at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby that were on sale. Everything came out great, and I have received several compliments on these. The only thing I had some trouble with was when I put a small bead of hot glue on the opening of one of the glass balls, the neck broke–I found that my transparencies stayed put on their own, so that problem was solved. Thank you again for a great tutorial!

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