Step-by-step instructions to learn how to make a Crystal Ball that pairs perfectly with a fortune teller costume or just use it for your Halloween decor! Kids will love this glowing orb!
When your daughter wants to be a fortune teller- you probably need to have a crystal ball! We could not find one anywhere and so we knew we had to DIY it! Luckily, we made this for pretty cheap- Another awesome Dollar Tree crystal ball project!
With a little patience, knowledge, and skill, you too can make your very own crystal ball. In this article, we’ll take you step-by-step instructions through the various materials and methods for constructing a crystal ball.
Supplies you need to make a simple crystal ball
I grabbed almost everything you need to make this from the dollar store!
- big Clear Plastic Christmas ornament
- Round box
- Light source –twinkly lights, tea light, or strobe light (pictured)
- glitter (optional)
- hot glue gun or e6000 adhesive
I found this disco light at Dollar Tree and it is great for this because it has different colors and designs! But I only saw a few of them in there! Not sure how often they are going to be in stock so I’m going to walk you through a few different options so you can make a crystal ball no matter what supplies you can find!
Pair this project with a custom DIY spell book!
How to make a DIY crystal ball for Halloween
There are a couple of different ways to create the crystal ball depending on what kind of light source you are using!
1. Trim ornament and box
If you are using the strobe light, you will need to cut the plastic Christmas ornament so it fits over it. If you are using twinkle lights or a tea light, you don’t need to cut anything off. just pop off the hanging part of the ornament and discard it.
To snip off- I just cut off a little bit with a utility knife and then you can trim it out with scissors.
I cut off the bottom of the box so I could easily access the on-off switch and batteries. The lid of the box fits over this and covers it! If you are using a tea light or led lights, you could attach the lights to the bottom of the lid so you can just pull it off to flip the lights on and off!
You need to paint the brown box as well as the ornament! The brown box just got a coat of black paint and then a light brush of silver paint over it to make it look metal and aged.
Painting the ornament is a little more tricky. You don’t want a heavy coat of paint or the light won’t show through. I just grabbed some tole paint and watered it down in a cup. I poured it into the ornament and swirled it around until it was all covered. You can also add any glitter or do a few different colors.
You can also mix some food coloring with some watered down glue to coat the orb as well!
I placed the ornament into a cup so the access paint could drip out. Once the paint is dry you can assemble the fortune teller ball!
Tips: you can stretch a few cotton balls to add inside the ornament to give it a clouded look!
3. Assembling the crystal ball
I used a little E-6000 glue to the edge of the craft box and just put the ornament down inside of it. E-6000 works a little better with plastic but it does need to sit and cure for a little bit! Once it’s all dried, Just flip on your switch and watch the magic!
If you using twinkly lights, you can run your string of twinkle lights up inside the ornament leaving the battery pack in the bottom of the box.
This Cyrstal ball is perfect for carrying around as part of your Halloween costume! It’s not heavy and you can easily switch on and off the lights! And then when you are done, it can sit on your spooky mantel or Halloween table as part of a whole theme! I got lots of cute signs and fortune-telling decor from the dollar tree!
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- Halloween cut files
- Creepy Doormat
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- Halloween sensory game
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- Halloween play doh printables
- Trivia game (free printable)
- DIY spell Book
- Halloween golf
- Classroom party games
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- mummy door for your front door board
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- Table decorations for Halloween