Halloween Tree Trims

Haunt your house inside and out with tree ornaments. Try these three projects for a variety of treetop looks.

This ornament is a cinch to make -- and will really "haunt" your trees.

What You Need

  • Candle wax stickers, or regular paper stickers, in your choice of Halloween designs
  • Round white glass ornament, matte or shiny
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon, black and white
  • Scissors

More Halloween ornament ideas

See a video of a Halloween tree


1. Add wax shapes. Carefully peel off the stickers or wax shapes from the paper. Position them gently on the ornament, pressing in place until they adhere.

2. Add ribbon, trim ends. Add a ribbon hanger to the ornament top. Trim the ribbon ends.

Create this ornament's whimsical, handmade look -- in just four simple steps.

What You Need

  • Round white glass ornament
  • Glass paints in black, purple, green, yellow, and orange
  • Paintbrush
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 12-inch-long piece of lead-free solder
  • Clear silicone glue
  • Ribbon (optional)

More Halloween ornament ideas

Halloween tree video


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

Boo-to-You pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Gently wash and dry the glass ornament. Avoid touching the areas on the ornament that will be painted.

3. Paint the word "Boo" and the exclamation point in black. Use the pattern (see above for downloading directions) as a guide. Let the paint dry.

4. Add accents, let paint dry. Add the colored accents as shown. Be certain to leave a black border. Let the paint dry.

5. Use needle-nose pliers to curl the ends of the solder. Form one end over the "B" on the ornament and carefully wrap the ornament top with the solder. Glue the solder in place. Let the glue dry. To hang, use the top solder loop or add a ribbon.

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

What You Need

  • 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


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

Jack-o'-lantern pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

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.

Step 3.

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.

Step 4.

4. Paint with etching cream. Put on rubber gloves. Paint on the etching cream following the manufacturer's instructions for use and timing. (Note: Set wet ornaments on top of a glass or napkin ring to keep them from rolling around.)

Step 5.

5. Rinse 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.


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