Magical Crystal Ball Craft (with Video)

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A magical take on a snow globe craft, this Magical Crystal Ball Craft is like a galaxy in a jar – perfect for adding a bit of magic to your day.

A simple DIY idea for a Crystal Ball craft - can be inspired by the Wizard of Oz, Disney's Haunted Mansion (Madame Leotta), or even Harry Potter. It would also make a great DIY Halloween decoration. Galaxy craft, unicorn craft

Halloween Crystal Ball Craft

While I love crafting with my daughter and connecting with her creative side, it can be so hard to fit in the time to craft during a busy school day.

Some days I’m hard pressed to find 15 truly free minutes, between errands, extra-curriculars, traffic, cleaning, meals, etc etc.

That is why I love crafts like this. They are mesmerizing, beautiful and something for kids to really be proud of – and they literally take less than 10 minutes to whip up including prep time and clean up!

How often does that happen?!

Of course, you can take it slower, really using that crafting time to connect and put lots of care and detail into this craft. It’s whatever works for you. (I provide some ideas below on how you can make this craft even more detailed and personalized.)

This gorgeous DIY Crystal Ball craft is so easy for kids of all ages and skill levels to make and makes a gorgeous addition to your child’s room or to themed holiday decor. We’ll be using these to decorate for Halloween (Haunted Mansion-style).

There are so many themes that this easy DIY Crystal Ball works for:

  • Disney’s Haunted Mansion (or a general Disney Halloween) – just like the crystal ball Madame Leota becomes trapped in
  • Labyrinth (yup, the classic David Bowie film from the 80s – a must-watch)
  • Wizard of Oz (from the caravan scene)
  • Harry Potter (like the prophecy orb)
  • Galaxy Theme
  • Star Wars theme (maybe even add a small plastic ship or two to the globe – or mini light sabres)

You can even swap out the colors for a unicorn crystal ball or mermaid crystal ball – and use themed glitter, too. You can use glass paints to paint a scene on the crystal ball. Or even use a wood burner to etch a name or favorite quote on the wooden base. The possibilities are endless.

You can use GLOW IN THE DARK paint to make this crystal ball come alive at night.

This holographic star glitter would be gorgeous. This glitter pack has seashells, leaves, shapes – and you can use the leftovers for other crafts or pretty at-home manicures.

Our DIY Crystal Balls have lasted for months – I thought the water might evaporate or change color by now but they are still just as gorgeous as ever. We glued the lid shut on ours to prevent curious hands from opening it, but you could leave it unglued and swap out the fillings/theme whenever the mood strikes. (Update: we’ve now had our crystal balls on display for 2 years and they are still going strong! Distilled, filtered or bottled water is definitely the way to go!)

If your kid loves this craft, also check out our DIY Snowglobes – we’ve done a DIY Christmas Snow Globe and a DIY Halloween Snow Globe with flying bats! (Both posts also have video.)

 

Check out our quick how to make a galaxy snow globe craft video, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab our free printable instructions:

 

A gorgeous crystal ball craft that kids can make - perfect for Halloween or a family movie night (Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Haunted Mansion, or that 80s classic Labyrinth)

Materials for Galaxy Crystal Ball Craft

Tip: make sure that your globe is waterproof before starting this craft by adding water, securing the lid and hanging upside down or shaking lightly.

An easy party craft for kids, this Crystal Ball is a cute Harry Potter craft or makes a fun piece of home decor - especially for a Halloween theme! Disney's Haunted Mansion, Labyrinth, or Wizard of Oz, too!

How to Make a Crystal Ball

Stretch and tear apart your cotton balls.

Sprinkle a bit of glitter into your snow globe.

Place your shredded cotton balls in your snow globe. You want to fill it to the top and you may want to add more after adding water so ensure you have plenty on hand.

Add more glitter to your snow globe – you can optionally use a kebab stick or chopstick to push the glitter into other areas.

Place your water in as many cups as you want colors of water.

Dye each cup of water to your preference. We used pink, purple and blue. Dye a little darker than you want your end product to be as the cotton balls lighten up the project.

Add a bit of colored water at a time to the snow globe. Make sure to alternate colors so that you get nice swirls of color.

Fill the snow globe to full – you may want to do this over a tray, container or the sink so that excess water can come out when you add the lid.

Secure the snow globe lid. Place in the holder – you can optionally glue it in place if you desire.

 

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This Magical Crystal Ball craft for kids only takes 10 minutes to make! Perfect for a Harry Potter movie night, Wizard of Oz, Haunted Mansion or even a Labyrinth theme. An easy party craft for kids

Grab your free printable for our DIY Crystal Ball Snowglobe:

Yield: 1 Crystal Ball

Magical Crystal Ball Craft (with Video)

A magical crystal ball craft that can be personalized in so many ways! Perfect for a Disney or Harry Potter theme.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Medium

Materials

  • Plastic water globe
  • Food coloring (we used blue, green and red - use whatever colors you want your globe to be)
  • Glitter, optional
  • 5-10 cotton balls, as needed
  • Strong glue (like hot glue), optional

Instructions

  1. Stretch and tear apart your cotton balls.
  2. Sprinkle a bit of glitter into your snow globe.
  3. Place your shredded cotton balls in your snow globe. You want to fill it to the top and you may want to add more after adding water so ensure you have plenty on hand.
  4. Add more glitter to your snow globe - you can optionally use a kebab stick or chopstick to push the glitter into other areas.
  5. Place your water in as many cups as you want colors of water.
  6. Dye each cup of water to your preference. We used pink, purple and blue. Dye a little darker than you want your end product to be as the cotton balls lighten up the project.
  7. Add a bit of colored water at a time to the snow globe. Make sure to alternate colors so that you get nice swirls of color.
  8. Fill the snow globe to full - you may want to do this over a tray, container or the sink so that excess water can come out when you add the lid.
  9. Secure the snow globe lid. Place in the holder - you can optionally glue it in place if you desire.

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This DIY Magical Crystal Ball Craft is a gorgeous craft that you and your kids can do together in less than 15 minutes. It’s a great craft for rainy days or a Harry Potter/Haunted Mansion/Wizard of Oz movie night!

For more magical craft ideas, check out our Watercolor Dolphin Banner or our Watercolor Ribbon Wand craft.

     

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11 Comments

  1. I was wonderful where you bought your ball mold from. I just lost my father and I want to put he’s ashes in this. Thank you honey.

  2. Hi! Please have your web master darken the copy font. It is way too light to read comfortably. I know the trend is small font and lighter gray but it is not user friendly. Just a thought. LOVE the globe. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thankyou for sharing this! I used glass baubles and sealed with hot glue. I couldn’t find affordable snow globes in the right shape but they worked perfectly. The kids decorated their own cardboard stand to hold it. No leaks so far. Thanks again for the instructions. The kids loved making them and have been buzzing about them since!

  4. Made this today! We found a very affordable plastic snow globe kit on Amazon. We used the better part of a bag of cotton balls though – maybe we misinterpreted the process but we ended up packing those puppies in there to avoid it just looking like a wet mass of cotton. Tearing them and packing them in still made a swirly galaxy effect – very magical! Will be perfect for my 9 yr old’s fortune teller costume. 🙂

  5. When you shake this globe after finishing, what keeps the colors from mixing together and becoming a solid color?

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