Halloween Tree Trims

Haunt your house inside and out with tree ornaments. Try these three projects for a variety of treetop looks.
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Jack-o'-Lantern Ornaments

Easy etching turns a simple glass ball into a jolly jack-o'-lantern.

What You Need:
Halloween Tree Trim: Etched Glass Pumpkin Ball
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Make this easy-to-etch ornament.

  • Clear glass round ornament
  • White vinegar
  • Tracing paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Contact paper (available at discount, hardware, and home center stores)
  • X-acto knife (available at art and crafts stores)
  • Spoon for burnishing
  • Rubber gloves
  • Etching cream (available at crafts stores)
  • Paintbrush with natural bristles or a sponge brush
  • Leaf
  • Natural raffia

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

 

2. Clean glass, trace pattern. Clean the glass with hot water and white vinegar. Important: Avoid fingerprints on areas to be etched. Using tracing paper, trace the pattern.


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3. Trace, cut, adhere pattern, and burnish. Place carbon paper between the tracing and self-adhesive paper. Trace the pattern onto the self-adhesive paper. Cut out shapes using an X-acto knife and remove the pieces. Stick the self-adhesive paper pattern on the ornament, clipping the edges as necessary so the paper lies flat. Burnish (rub down) the paper using a spoon.

Instructional shot for etched glass Jack-o'-Lantern
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Step 4.

4. Paint with etching cream. Put on rubber gloves. Paint on the etching cream following the manufacturer's instructions.


Step 5.

5. Rinse cream, remove paper, and decorate. Rinse off the etching cream. Remove the self-adhesive paper. Tie some raffia and a leaf to the ornament.

More Ideas:

  • Use this same technique on a rose bowl and fill with candy for a special Halloween gift.
  • For additional Halloween motifs, try etching bats, cats, and ghosts on your glass ornaments.

Continued on page 2:  Boo-to-You Ornaments

 

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