Halloween Ball Luminary

This Halloween Ball turned out fantastic!  I have hints and tips and pictures of what NOT to do to make this Halloween Ball.  FYI I had to make about four of these before I got it all right.  You won’t have to though because I’m going to warn you not to make the same mistakes I did. 

With the light inside of it this looks AMAZING!  The pictures don’t even capture how good it looks!  It takes a lot of patience to put this together but when it is done, WOW.  

And I have some pictures of what I did with the cutouts at the end.

What you will need
Paper Selection

I stuck to the standard Halloween colors.  You could make this all one color, too.  Patterned paper looks nice but when it is dark and you light it up you can’t really see the pattern.  The vellum needs to be light.  I tried black vellum and it didn’t glow well.

 

Cutting the Halloween Ball Luminary
This is fairly straight forward to cut out.  Be sure to save the cut out pieces.  Some of them are very useful for other projects.  I have some of my examples at the end of this tutorial.
Assembly

This is where it gets tricky.  The first thing to do is re-crease the score lines.  Then you want to attach the vellum to the back of the circles.  The “Happy Halloween” is the only one where you have to be careful about which side at this point.  Make sure the vellum is inside the folds.  I glued the vellum with tape glue on the cardstock so that the glue isn’t visible.

Next fold the creases on each circle opposite the vellum.  I attempted to do this the other way so that the tabs tucked in. That Halloween Ball Luminary was a disaster.

Ball with the tabs tucked iin
Halloween ball with the tabs tucked in

You can see the gaps and uneven pieces.  If I had more patience maybe I could get it to work but that is NOT me.

Gluing

Once all the Halloween ball luminary pieces are creased, start gluing them together.  A glue gun is best here.  It holds firmly and quickly.  Start at the bottom and work your way up alternating colors the best you can.  Put the glue on one tab for each pair of tiles.  Be sure that they are right side up.  It matters for some, others it doesn’t.  You need to keep aware of which side is up. (Yes, I had to take it apart on several occasions because something was upside down.)
When you get to the top, only glue one side of the top piece to the ball.  That gives you a hatch to insert the light.  (Yes,I glued it all down and then couldn’t insert my light.)  Don’t worry, it stays down because of the tight fit.
 
Finishing
Once your Halloween Ball is done, turn on the light and put it inside and be amazed at how wonderful it looks!  I don’t hang my Halloween Ball Luminary but it wouldn’t be hard to attach a ribbon in the side of the top that you glued.
What to do with the Cutouts

I used the cutout pieces to make cards.  Here are some of them.  They are attached to marbleized cards that I will post how to do someday.

Halloween Spiral – I Can’t Stop Making Them

This Halloween Spiral decoration is cute and fun.  And it is easy to make.   Now  I can’t stop making them.  And I found so many ways to arrange them.

You can make this Halloween Spiral bigger if you want, just change the size in Design Space but I designed it to make four per sheet.   Make a whole bunch  of them and decorate for your Halloween Party  or classroom.

Martha Stewart inspired this decoration.  I have her “tool” to cut them by hand but, as you know, I can’t cut a straight line if my life depended on it.  That’s why I own a Cricut.

What you will need

Paper Selection

The cut file is very simple and can be cut from anything.  I have designed it so that four of the spirals can be cut from on piece of 12 X 12 cardstock.  So you are in total control of your final project.  Use your imagination.

If you use one sided paper, like the orange ones, then the white side adds more color.  But solids work too.  I really like the glitter paper and want to try vellum next.

Assembling Halloween Spirals
Once they are cut, be careful taking them from the mat.  Depending on your paper they can tear easily.

 

Halloween Spiral Placement 2

Starting with the center cuts, join the points together in the center with a glue gun.  I tried liquid glue and it just isn’t strong enough or dry fast enough.  Then work your way out, alternating front and back until the spiral is done.  I didn’t glue them together until I made the last one below.  That way I had the ability to try different arrangements.  I have tried lots and I am trying more.  I will add them when I do.

They can be hung individually or combined in many ways, as you can see, to make a decoration