Crystal Ball Stand

by Alma de la Rosa

Stack glass pieces to create these holiday decor items.


  • Glass candlesticks, vases and/or jars
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Foam brush
  • Permanent black ink
  • Acetate
  • Stencil (The Cat’s Pajamas Neighboohood Stencil used here)
  • 4” clear ornaments
  • Skewer
  • Fairy lights
  • Hot glue
  • Black glossy spray paint
  • Artificial flowers


  1. Step 1

    Attach glassware/candlesticks together with E6000 to form unique candlesticks. Let the glue cure before proceeding.

  2. Step 2

    After the candlesticks cure, spray paint them black.

  3. Step 3

    Draw a 4” circle on paper to use as a guide. Place acetate over the circle pattern and stencil a scene with the foam brush and black ink.

  4. Step 4

    Once the ink is dry, use the circles as templates to cut out the scene, cutting about 1/8”-1/4” inside the template and leaving a tab the width of the ornament stem uncut.

  5. It should look like a lollipop with a short stick.

  6. Step 5

    Roll up the circle so that the tab is at the bottom opening of the roll.

  7. Step 6

    Hold onto the tab and insert the roll into the neck of the ornament.

  8. The circle will unroll with the tab settled into the neck. Use a bamboo skewer to adjust the scene in the ornament if needed.

  9. Step 7

    Wrap fairy lights into a circle using a small bottle or other form.

  10. Attach the lights to the bottom of the ornament, by the stem, taking care not to melt the plastic of the fairy lights.

  11. Step 8

    Use hot glue to attach flowers and foliage to the top opening of the candlesticks.

  12. Step 9

    Insert fairy lights, controls, and stem of ornament into opening of the candlestick so that globe rests on the flowers

  13. Step 10

    Complete the project (and have a spooky day!).


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Crystal Ball Stand. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I love this idea. So creative and the ability to change it up when ever you want.
Kayla12  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 6:41 AM
How fun... I mean spooky.... these crystal balls/stands are. Very clever!
Dee Kaytee  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 7:25 AM
Loved this tutorial. Am thinking I could use the same idea in Christmas decorations. Thank you!
GingerDue  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 8:44 AM
Wickedly delightful and so creative.
Dr Sonja  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 9:11 AM
When I get my materials around, I plan to do snow globe Christmas themed! Adorable.
muscrat  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 11:01 AM
If I find the right type of globes, I might be able to put tea lights in them. All the small string lights I've seen have big battery packs that would have to be hidden somehow.
muscrat  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 11:03 AM
I ALWAYS WONDERED how those images were put inside those glass bulbs! LOL NOW I KNOW! This is SO CREATIVE & RESOURCEFUL!!!! LOVE what you've done, Alma!!! wink<3
TLady  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 11:40 AM
I think if you use tealights, you should stick to battery-powered ones. Just sayin'! smile
papercrafter40  |  Sun Nov 3, 2019 at 4:48 PM

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