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Diy Halloween Globes ~ Transforming old light globes into Ghoulish Halloween Decor


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Project article and photographs

by  Madeleine M Langlois,  MaddyLane Designs


“Outdoor globes recycled and transformed into ghoulish glow globes”



Hands-on time: Less than one hour.

Total time: Plus drying time of 6 to 10 hours.

Skill: Easy, ideal to do with kids

Cost estimate: Less than $13.00 for the materials.

Materials & tools:


* Glass globes, white or clear (they are also called glass balls)

(I used two outdoor glass globes that we were no using, they are also available at rummage sales, and at hardware stores)

* Newspapers

* Drawing of a web with spiders

* Masking tape

* Porcelaine 150 outliners (tube with nozzle) by Pébéo, in black and pewter

* Ceramic, Porcelaine , or Vitrail paints by Pébéo, in assorted Halloween colours of your choice. I used what I had, after all it's for decorations so it doesn't matter, all these paints work well for this project.

(I used white, metallic grey and rich gold for a creepy look).

* Applicator bottles (plastic small bottles with tips to use to apply ceramic paint for the ghoulish drool globe)

* Halloween decorative orange tiny party lights (interior or exterior, depending on where you will place your globes)

*(available at art and craft supply stores)


Creating eerie Halloween globes with spider web designs or with ghoulish drool are so sinfully easy to formulate. There’s no need to use a paintbrush to brew up these creepy glow globes. Transform plain or idle exterior globes in a flick of a wand using Ceramic paints and Porcelain 150 outliners. These ghastly globes are just the thing for a Halloween party for an original centerpiece decor, on a mantel, a hutch or for a front porch. They are wickedly wonderful to light-up a spooky scene for both indoors or outdoors. Trick-or-treaters will find them a real hoot.

Cover your work area with newspapers. Clean the globes thoroughly by washing them with soapy water and towel dry.


Spider web globe design:

Draw a simple design of a web with spiders to use as your template or guide. Place the spider and wed design drawing inside the globe and attach it to the sides with masking tape. Place the glass globe onto a small bowl or on a large jar lid to use as a stand. Using the pewter outliner tip trace the wed design onto the exterior of the glass globe working on one side of the globe at a time. Repeat the same or a different web and spider design on the other side of the glass globe. Add the creepy spiders using a black outliner. You can also opt to do the web and spider design freehand, because you really can’t go wrong with a spider web, the uglier the better. Once your web creation is completed, leave it on the stand until it is completely dry, 3 to 6 hours. Since this globe is used as for a decorative purpose only there is no need to heat set the outliner in an oven, unless you plan on using it out doors. If that is the case, I recommend that you bake the globe in at 150 C (300 F) for 35 minutes, as per manufacture’s instruction on the packaging. Once baked, remove the globe from the oven with oven mitts and let the item cool before handling.




Ghoulish Drool Globe Design:

The application is quite easy to achieve a ghoulish globe variation, simply let the Ceramic paints drool and drip inside the globe.

Again place the glass globe onto a small bowl or jar lid to use as a stand. Pour assorted Ceramic paints into the applicator bottles, one for each different colour. Using one colour at a time, squeeze the bottle to release the paint along the sides of the interior of the glass globe. Repeat this step to apply each additional colour, letting some of the colours overlap each other and some areas from of paint drippings. Gently rotate the ball as your working. Once completed set the ball aside and let the paints dry and set for 48 hours.

Stir up the fun this Halloween with a glow of horror by creating one, or several of these eerie globes. Place the decorated globes onto candle stands, black rod iron styles, or black blows, fill them with tiny decorative Halloween lights (or candles) and simply plug in.


Variations; Easy Halloween décor tricks

You can also use glow in the dark paints.


Glow stick make great accents, inside pumpkins, under squashes, inside vases, in a window.

If you don’t have a candle stand in the right size to hold your globe, simply cover a jar lid in the right size with aluminum foil.

You can utilize the same concept as above to transform other plain items such as, candle holders, vases that you no longer like or use, cake stands, candy bowls, wine decanters, and buckets.

Halloween is a great time to recycle all sorts of items to concoction scary decorations; recycle tin cans in assorted sizes to make orange and black luminaries to illuminate a pathway.


You can also make a spider web globe to use on an lamppost, and replace it with a regular globe after Halloween. The outline if it is not baked can be simply washed off with warm water.


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