DIY Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives

Boo! Did I scare you?  Better get used to it because Halloween is just around the bend!

I know, I can’t believe it either.  This time of year goes by so super fast.  Just about as fast as you will be able to make these DIY Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives to add to your Halloween decorations this year!

And that isn’t all!  Remember that talented group I used to post with?  I call them my bloggy friends and they each have a fun little project to share with you too.  You’ll see the links at the bottom of this post.  Consider yourself perfectly squared away when it comes to ideas for things to make this halloween.

Aren’t these etched votives so cute?

spooky ghosts etched votives tutorial

We don’t do scary Halloween around here.  I’ve never been into the evil or gory stuff when it comes to Halloween decorations or costumes.  I have little ones, so keeping it fun and not too spooky is a must. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure.

Let’s get started. Here is what you will need to make these DIY Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives:

etched halloween votives

The first thing you will need to do is draw out or trace some ghost shapes.  I found some on a google image search and traced them right from the ipad.  The size will depend on the size of your votives and how big or how many ghosts you want on each one.

Once you have your ghosts, you will trace them onto the back side of the contact paper and cut them out with your xacto knife. (I did 3 ghosts per votive.)

Then you are going to use the outline portion of your cutout and place them on the votives making sure that the edges of the ghost are pressed down really well.  If your votives are rounded like mine, you will need to find a spot on the outline of the ghost to fold it over so that there are no bubbles along the outline.  You can see my folds in the picture above.

I was able to do 2 ghosts and then when I was done with the following steps, I went back and added one more ghost to each votive.

how to etch votives

Use gloves for this part!!! Etching cream will burn the heck out of your skin!!!

Spread the etching cream onto the middle portion of each ghost with a plastic utensil.  Don’t get too much on there or it will drip.  And if it drips past the stencil you will end up with blobs of etched area, which you don’t want.

Let the etching cream sit for about 15-20 minutes giving it a little swirl with your plastic utensil every five minutes to get rid of any air bubbles and to get a nice even etch.  I used towels to hold them on their sides while they sat so that the cream didn’t drip down.

After about 15-20 minutes run the votives under warm water and rub the cream off with gloves on.  The contact paper will come off really easily too and your ghosts will appear!  (They will show up more when the glass is dry.)

To finish them I added little eyes and a mouth with some black craft paint and the tip of a mechanical pencil, and done!

DIY Halloween decorations

I placed each one on a candle holder to give them some height and just think they are too cute and perfect on my entry table!

So, are you ready for more?  Here are 7 more fantastic ideas and I’ll be back on Friday to share a ton of super simple Halloween costumes including the one I made for my little lady last year!

 

DIY Halloween Ideas

1) Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy
2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine
3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick
4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin.
5) Countdown to Halloween Sign by Lil Mrs Tori
6) Bat Wreath by Whistle and Ivy
7) Black and White Pumpkin Painting by Homemade Ginger
8) Eraser-Stamped Halloween Shirt by Cutesy Crafts

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

24 thoughts on “DIY Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives

  1. Eric says:

    Just discovered your site and I love it! I am reaching out to sites I like and want to see if you would provide feedback on my etching supplies if I sent them to you free. Will you please let me know by email? I will try to come back to this page later to see if you replied in the comments too. Shipping of the supplies will be free as well. Urgently, waiting for your reply. Thank you Eric

  2. […] you walk in the door the first sign of anything spooky are the etched ghost votives that I made a few weeks ago.  I love how they look when the candles are lit and they are perfect […]

  3. What a great idea! I am going to Pin this! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  4. […] Roasted Green Beans by Life a Little Brighter Bold and Fancy Yellow Chair by Petticoat Junction DIY Spooky Etched Votives by My Tiny Side Kick Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a […]

  5. […] Roasted Green Beans by Life a Little Brighter Bold and Fancy Yellow Chair by Petticoat Junction DIY Spooky Etched Votives by My Tiny Side Kick Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a […]

  6. Etching cream. Adding it to my growing list of craft supplies I must have! 😉

    Love this project!

    I would love for you to share your post at my Show Me Saturday party! We go live each Saturday at 7:00 am EST are live now! My readers would love this craft!

    ~ Ashley

  7. […] Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy 2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine 3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick 4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin. 5) Countdown to Halloween […]

  8. Featuring this Sunday @ Inspiration Monday Party, Corey! Thank you for for continued link ups!! ~ Julie redheadcandecorate.com

    1. Awesome Julie! Thank you so much 🙂

  9. Oh, so cute! Easy & not so spooky Halloween decoration! I love crafts that you can do with kids like this! Pinned!

  10. This has got to be one of the cutest Halloween projects I’ve ever seen. Adorable, Corey!!

    1. Thank you so much Amy. I have a hard time every year cause we don’t do scary Halloween, but I still want to get in the Halloween spirit (one of my jobs as a mom I guess.) Thanks for coming by girlie!

  11. Loved these, Corey! I’ve always wanted to try etched glass, turned out great! Pinning and sharing.

  12. These little guys are so cute! I was actually going to do the same thing. Great minds think alike! I hope you have a great Tuesday!

  13. SO, SO cute Corey!!! I’ve been dying to try some etching! This is such a fun idea!!!

  14. I need to get into etching, I have the supplies but have never done anything with them! They actually came with my Cricut a few years ago. I love this idea for Halloween!

    1. You’ve got to try it! It is so much fun. I made my husbands some custom beer glasses for father’s day too and they turned out great!

  15. […] Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy 2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine 3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick 4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin. 5) Countdown to Halloween […]

  16. These are adorable! Totally a fan of not-too-spooky Halloween decor, don’t want to scare the littles! 🙂

  17. I love these, Corey! You’re making me want to do some glass etching!

  18. Wow I can’t believe how great the etching shows with a candle behind it!! So cute & spooky!

  19. Cute! I actually have some of that same etching stuff laying around from a project I did a long time ago. I have never thought to use it on candle votives!

  20. These are SO cute!! I love the way you staged them on the candle holders!

  21. […] Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy 2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine 3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick 4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin. 5) Countdown to Halloween […]

  22. […] Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy 2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine 3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick 4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin. 5) Countdown to Halloween […]

  23. These are so cute Corey. I need to pick up some votives and try this out!

  24. These are SO CUTE! I love that they’re etched, not painted- fun idea!
    xo-Brook

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