Recycled Halloween craft: DIY ornaments

Use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!Hey Mod Podgers! I’m Becca from Blue Cricket Design and I’m super happy to be here today! Mod Podge definitely Rocks but not nearly as much as Amy and her awesome blog. Both are two of my favorites!!! I’m thrilled to be able to come and play and show off my MP skills. Are you guys ready for a little recycled Halloween craft fun?

Introducing . . . Halloween Hangy thingy-ma-bobs!!!

(a.k.a. Halloween Ornaments)

Use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments! Use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!Are they too much fun or what? I was introduced to paper-mache Christmas ornaments from my cousin! I thought to myself “Self – wouldn’t these be perfect for any holiday!?!” For sure!! Some whimsical painting and Halloween colors make these little guys spookerific. Here’s the “How To” low down . . .

What you’ll need:
• Those glass ornaments I’m sure you can find in your Christmas stash. If you need to go get some check your thrift stores first! I picked up a 24 pack for 50 cents. SCORE!
• A newspaper
• The magic craft nectar MOD PODGE
• Paint
• Patience . . . the painting can take a while
• Wire for hanging
• Beads for added flair

Halloween balls1. Get your balls ready! (trying not to laugh over here!)
2. Take newspaper and rip it into thin strips. If you rip from the top of the page to the bottom, it rips super smooth and even. HINT: The thinner the strips, the smoother the paper will lay. Strips should be about 1/4″- 1/2″ thick.
3. Mix 1 part water with 1 part Mod Podge! Enough to submerge your paper in.
4. Dip each strip into the MP mixture being sure to get it completely wet. Using your fingers, wipe off excess mixture.

Halloween balls15. Start wrapping the wet paper strips onto the ornaments.
6. Continue wrapping paper strips and be sure to get the lip of the bulb that holds the top hanging thing.
7. Cover all of your ornaments completely.
8. Hang them to dry overnight.

IMG_5454Once they are completely dried you can start to get crazy and paint your heart out! Get creative with your designs and patterns.

Use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!Add glitter and gems to add sparkle or cut out Halloween images from scrapbook paper and decoupage them on! The possibilities are endless. Add wire and beads if you plan on hanging them. I have mine hanging on door knobs and cupboard knobs throughout my house.

Use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!You could also display them in a bowl or basket or jar just as they are. Thanks for letting me share. Amy, you’re the best! Come check out my other fun projects at Blue Cricket Design. Fall is in the air over at my blog.


  1. kerianne. says

    cute! I made a halloween garland and wreath (that I got the idea for from you) and those would’ve been great to add on…may still be a possibility.

  2. Cindy Mann Vitale says

    I am now hooked…I can see endless ideas with these! Love it….I have to do this!
    Sooo cool!

  3. says

    What a fun idea, these are gorgeous! I’ll be linking.

  4. Kelly says

    Amy I love it! I made something similar to it last year with crate paper but they are not nearly as cute!! So going to do it! Thanks for stopping by the blog. WE can be bloggy comment friends 😉


  5. Janet, says

    those are cute. I love making Christmas ornaments and I can see me making these and painting them for Christmas.You could paint them a solid color then paint a person’s name on them and date it, too.