Like a Halloween hanging hatter, my pattern placement I do scatter.
From the branches of my October tree, hang glittered balls so rarely seen.
I purposely peruse for the perfect place, so from the ground, you see each smiling face.
I look up through the twigs, my elation muffled, to see if anyone needs to be shuffled.
It’s the picture of autumnal perfection. I take that back, there’s one correction.
I should make a few more balls, not for myself, but for friends who call.
The fall is for sharing the harvest, you see, so start with those picked from a glittered tree.
The iconic faces of the season shine brightly on these glittering balls for the holiday. Using elementary school–style glitter gives them a thick texture that makes them seem vintage but with a modern twist. A loop of chenille at the top allows them to be suspended by multicolored ribbons.
From Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting! by Stephen Brown/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Celebrate the season of costumes and candy with Glitterville's guide to creating a wondrously wacky and whimsical holiday! Treat yourself to the kookiest compilation of crafts and decor assembled from Glitterville's creator, Stephen Brown, judge of Craft Wars on TLC. Glitterville's Handmade Halloween is full of bright, colorful photos, step-by-step holiday how-tos, and over-the-harvest-moon decorating ideas to make your home sparkle and shine this spooktacular season. A great book for intermediate to experienced crafters, Glitterville's Handmade Halloween will delight readers as they make their way through the playfully photographed pages of the book, which include full, never-before-published instructions for making some of Glitterville's most sought-after item...© 2013 Stephen Brown / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.
Use a serrated knife to cut the Styrofoam ball in half.
Brush the round side of the half- ball with white glue and press a 6-inch square of aluminum foil over it, leaving the excess foil flat around the half-ball as shown. Covering Styrofoam with foil makes it seem more substantial and allows it to accept glitter much more evenly.
Turn the half-ball over, brush the flat side with white glue, and add another 6-inch square of foil as shown.
Use scissors to trim the excess foil, leaving about 1?4 inch all the way around.
Use your fingers to fold the foil toward the flat area of the half- ball all the way around. This will be easier if you snip the edges before folding.
Paint the rounded side of the half- ball black and allow to dry.
Brush the rounded part of the half- ball with white glue and sprinkle it with glitter. Do not glitter the flat side.
Make a pleated circle of crepe paper and use flat-headed straight pins to secure it to the flat side of the half-ball.
Use pinking shears to cut a black felt circle that is approximately 2 inches in diameter.
Use hot glue to attach the felt circle to the center of the pleated crepe paper, making sure the straight pins are hidden underneath.
Sculpt the moon medallion for the front of the ornament out of paperclay and allow it to harden.
Paint the medallion with a base coat of yellow and allow to dry.
Color block the eyes, nose, and mouth and allow to dry.
Paint the finishing details and allow to dry.
Brush the moon face with white glue and sprinkle with clear iridescent glitter.
Hot glue the finished medallion in the center of the felt circle. I’ve also added a small paperclay rocket.
Use a kitchen skewer to make a small hole in the top of the ornament.
Make a small loop for hanging out of a 3-inch piece of regular chenille stem. Dip the ends in white glue and insert them into the hole on the top of the ornament.