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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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) 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 […]

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