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Halloween Ornaments from Recycled Christmas!

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you’ll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can make these paper mache ornaments. The paint designs can be as simple or complex as you like.

How to Make Recycled 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?

Halloween Christmas Ornaments

(also known as Halloween hangy-thingy-ma-bobs!!)

Halloween tree decorations

Are these Halloween ornaments 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!?!”

Paper mache Halloween ornaments

For sure!! Some whimsical painting and Halloween colors make these little guys spook-erific. Here’s the “how-to” low down . . .

Gather These Supplies

  • 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!
  • Newspaper
  • The magic craft nectar MOD PODGE
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Wire for hanging
  • Beads for added flair
  • Paintbrushes
  • Patience . . . the painting can take a while
In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

1. 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 one part water with one part Mod Podge! Enough to submerge your paper in.
4. Dip each strip into the Mod Podge mixture, being sure to get it completely wet. Using your fingers, wipe off excess mixture.

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

5. 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.

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

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

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll 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 my Halloween ornaments hanging on door knobs and cupboard knobs throughout my house.

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

You could also display your Halloween ornaments in a bowl or basket or jar just as they are. Thanks for letting me share. Amy, you’re the best!

Yield: 6 ornaments

Halloween Ornaments

In this budget friendly, recycled Halloween craft, you'll use Mod Podge and old Christmas ornaments to make these cool Halloween ornaments!

Learn how to make these DIY Halloween ornaments using recycled glass balls from Christmas past! It's a very easy craft.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Glass Christmas ornaments
  • Newspaper
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Wire for hanging
  • Beads (optional)

Tools

  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Collect the Christmas balls and make sure all reside is removed.
  2. Take newspaper and rip it into thin strips. HINT: The thinner the strips, the smoother the paper will lay. Strips should be about 1/4"- 1/2" thick.
  3. Mix one part water with one part Mod Podge - enough to submerge the paper in.
  4. Dip each strip into the Mod Podge mixture, being sure to get it completely wet. Using your fingers, wipe off excess mixture.
  5. Start wrapping the wet paper strips onto the ornaments. Continue wrapping paper strips and be sure to get the lip of the bulb.
  6. Cover all of the ornaments completely and hang them to dry overnight.
  7. Once dry, paint designs on the ornaments with acrylic craft paint. Paint a basecoat first, then let dry. Then paint designs on top.
  8. Let dry completely before hanging.

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Sarah

Thursday 24th of October 2013

ok, these look awesome. I'm definitely trying this.

Janet,

Wednesday 28th of October 2009

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.

Crafts and Deals

Monday 5th of October 2009

WOW!! SO CUTE!!

Mod Podge Amy

Sunday 4th of October 2009

Thanks everyone, for the comments! Didn't Becca do such a great job?!?

Kelly

Sunday 4th of October 2009

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 ;)

Kellygivingwhatiam.blogspot.com

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