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How to Make Witch Balls

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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Making your own Witch Ball is easy and inexpensive.

  1. Cover your work station with paper towels or newspaper.

  2. Remove the small metal top of the ornament.

  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. 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.

  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.

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

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

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

  10. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Dori Reuscher

Dori Reuscher is a freelance writer and photographer with more than seven years of experience writing for the Web on a variety of subjects. Her work can be found on About.com and Examiner.com. She began her writing career as a technical writer and trainer in the world of IT consulting and has a knack for making the complex simple.

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