How to Make Witch Balls

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How to Make Witch Balls
Stained Glass Witch Ball (Mourguefile) (Photos by Dori Reuscher)

True Witch Balls are stained glass ornaments made by artists. They are beautiful and often pricey. Witch Balls became popular in 18th century England and are believed to have magical powers that ward off evil and bad fortune. The beauty and bright colours of the ball attracts evil spirits, and strands of thread, hair, or glass inside each ball catch the spirit and trap it inside.

Making your own Witch Ball is easy and inexpensive.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1 glass ornament with a removable top
  • Craft paint
  • String or thread
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Cover your work station with paper towels or newspaper.

  2. 2

    Remove the small metal top of the ornament.

    How to Make Witch Balls
    Square witch ball
  3. 3

    Drizzle a drop or two of each colour of paint into the open top of the ball. Witch balls are nearly always a swirl design, so two or more colours are recommended.

  4. 4

    Place your finger on the top of the ornament so no paint drips out. Slowly rotate the ball in all directions. Tapping and shaking the paint around can also create an interesting effect.

    How to Make Witch Balls
  5. 5

    Add and swirl paint around the inside of the ball until you are happy with the design. If you would like to see the threads inside, be sure to leave some clear, unpainted surface.

    How to Make Witch Balls
  6. 6

    Allow any remaining paint to drip out the top of the ball. Place it with the top up and let it dry. Placing it in a cup or on a vase will keep it steady and allow any remaining paint to pool and dry in the bottom of the ball.

  7. 7

    Cut three lengths of string about 3 inches each. Tie or glue them to the metal ornament top.

    How to Make Witch Balls
  8. 8

    Put the metal top back on the ornament, allowing the string to hang inside.

    How to Make Witch Balls
  9. 9

    Place your witch ball in a window or set it on a vase to bring good fortune to your home.

    How to Make Witch Balls

Tips and warnings

  • Blue and green are traditional witch ball colours.
  • Buy the glass ornaments at a local craft store.
  • This is a fun project for kids and can also be used to make Christmas ornaments.
  • Replace the thread with tinsel and use glitter paint for a festive version.
  • My witch "ball" was square. The paint was much harder to swirl inside to get the stained glass effect.
  • Keep paper towels handy. Paint gets messy.

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