Halloween Moon and Witch Decor from a Glass Globe Light Fixture

Halloween Moon and Witch Decor from a Glass Globe Light Fixture

I’ll admit it, when it comes to vintage light fixtures, I am a full-fledged addict. For whatever reason, they are a constant source of inspiration, particularly during Halloween. I had nearly forgotten about this glass globe light fixture in my craft room. But upon re-discovering it, I immediately had a vision of a flying witch in front of a Halloween moon!

Glass globe light fixture for upcycling project

And yes, if you were thinking that I had already upcycled a very similar light fixture for Halloween before, you’re correct! But that one was turned into a jack-o-lantern lamp…

light up pumpkin and jack o lantern

But back to my latest project! After mulling over different ways to bring my vision of a light up moon and witch decor to life, I gathered some craft supplies and got to work. 

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Light Up Moon from a Vintage Light Fixture

Creating a light up moon required me to recreate the texture of our moon with the valleys and craters on its surface. I mulled over different ways to achieve this…

In the end, though, I decided that sponge painting would be the best bet for a naturally textured look.

Transforming a vintage light fixture into a Halloween moon

First, I selected a putty-colored craft paint that was darker than the glass globe. But it wasn’t TOO much darker, which seemed like a more natural way to create realistic moon texture.

I also nabbed a natural sponge (pilfered from an unsuspecting Beach Vacation Memory Jar), I went to work.

I used very little paint on the sea sponge, and simply dotted the paint around the interior of the glass globe light fixture.

Sponge painting inside a glass light globe

Admittedly, this was fairly easy for me to do. The light globe had a large opening, and I have dainty hands and wrists. So, keep that in mind when shopping for the right light globe to make this Halloween craft idea.

By the time I was done, I had touched on paint throughout the entire inside of the globe. And I did so without creating coverage that was opaque.

Making a light up moon with paint in a glass globe light fixture

I purposefully did an uneven paint job for a more natural look.

Adding the Witch Decoration to a Halloween Moon

Once the paint inside the light globe had dried, I moved onto the next step: adding a flying witch to the Halloween moon! I found some clip art online, which I re-sized to fit my Halloween moon before printing it out.

Flying witch clipart to go on a Halloween moon

Next, I cut out the flying witch clip art as carefully as possible to include each angle and curve. 

Then, I traced it on some heavy duty black card stock from the craft store using a white fabric pencil.

Tracing a flying witch on black cardstock paper

I just had one more thing to do before my Halloween moon was complete! I needed to remove the light socket and paint the base of the light fixture.

Base of a glass globe light fixture

Of course, the vintage labels inside the base were too fabulous to paint over. So, I left them alone!

Painting the base of a glass globe light fixture

And while painting the base wasn’t a necessary step to creating a Halloween moon, I figured it would look better during the daylight hours than the naked brass.

Halloween Moon and Witch Decor from a Glass Globe Light Fixture

Finally, I attached the flying witch to the Halloween moon with a bubble of painter’s tape. 

Witch decor on a light up moon

Why tape? So that I could remove her easily and store her safe and flat for the remainder of the year!

Ready to see what my Halloween moon looks like at night? I used a jumbo amber LED tea light (from Party City) that I turned on and placed on the base.

Repurposing a vintage light fixture as a witch decoration and light up moon

Isn’t it seriously awesome?? And so easy to make!

Ok, I’ll stop squealing with glee…for now…But I am SO looking forward to having this in the window on Halloween night.

AND I’m so excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you love working with flannel or fabric crafts in general (sewing and non-sewing), then you will LOVE “Crafting with Flannel”!

Craft book on flannel fabric

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for indoor Halloween decorations, then you’ll love how I gave these plastic pumpkins a rusty finish!

Plastic pumpkins as primitive Halloween decor with rust effect paint

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. I love this idea!!! It turned out amazing! Where did you get the witch to trace?

  2. Fonda Rush says

    You done good! It’s amazing that when you take a chance on something and it turns out just like you wanted it to — or even better! If it didn’t work, we would never have seen it. I’m not a Halloween decor person, but I love this moon! I would use it all the time — no matter what time of the year. (Maybe you can find a way to block out more than half of it and make a crescent moon! I know…I’m getting carried away!) Love this project!

  3. WOW, so glad it worked out for you. I love it!

  4. TA DA!! look at you all clever once again! looks cute 😉

  5. Sarah, what a clever idea. It looks terrific. I saw your post at the Elizabeth & Co. party.

  6. Absolutely love this craft project! So simple, yet with such great effect!

  7. You are just so darn clever! Another fabulous repurposing job! Thanks for sharing the tutorial at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  8. Coolest light ever! Now I need to scour the thrift store for a light.

  9. This is spooktacular!!! Love this and great tutorial.

  10. This is amazing! Someone else would have left the “moon” white – or painted it flat. Your dabbled effect makes it look real. Just LOVE it!

  11. You did an amazing job on this. It really looks Great! Love it! Now I will be on the lookout for old light fixtures.

  12. Yes, it is seriously awesome! I made a globe into a moon with a witch, but I LOVE the way this one glows from the inside. I need to find a light fixture now…and I want to make some of your wonderful ghosts, too!

  13. Nice job! you could add Tinkerbell or Peter Pan and use in a child’s room!
    I’ve sponge painted over mats in picture frames to change the color too.

  14. I L❤️VE this!!! I am confused as to how it lights up without an electrical cord. How does it work?

  15. So clever! Love how it turned out! Have a great week 🙂

  16. What a cool idea! I’m loving this. I have a few witch-related Halloween decorations already so this would fit right in at my house! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  17. This is awesome!!

  18. What a cute idea! Very creative! She’s going to look awesome in your window. I really like how you sponged some paint on the inside, really makes it look like the moon.

  19. This is such a fantastic idea! Love it!!!

  20. I’m in love with this !!!!! This is such my style and I’m definitely going to try it !!! Yes you rocked this 100% !!! Thanks for coming by Welcome Home Wednesdays. Laci @ Sequinsinthesouth

  21. I’m back! You are seriosuly the coolest! I would never come up with something like that. It looks AMAZING!

  22. blissranch says

    I have a whole bunch of light globes just begging for a glowing witch.

  23. I absolutely love this wickedly wonderful light. I would keep this up all year in my house. It is beautiful!

  24. What an awesome idea!! I don’t think that I could stop staring at it every night when I turned it on. Your guests are going to love this when they visit you!

  25. What a SUPER cool idea! It totally looks like an October moon! Love it!

  26. WOW! Awesome idea, great project and perfect Halloween decoration. TFS new subscriber 🙂

  27. What a great idea to use a sponge! The result looks great!!

  28. Seriously the most clever way to use a vintage ball light fixture ever. There is a new vintage link party Vintage Charm starting up this coming week on Thursday October 15th and I would love for you to join at http://bluewillowhouse.com. Hope to see you there.

  29. How cute and creative! Love it!

  30. Just LOVE this. Very clever and turned out spooktacular!
    Stopping by from Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  31. This is such a cool idea and it really looks like the moon! I would have never thought to do something like this! thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!


  32. OMG Sarah, this is absolutely awesome!! I would love if you could share this with us next week at #OMHGWW, http://sweethings.net/oh-my-heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday/
    Pinned as well!

  33. Fantastic idea….you really have a successful makeover here…would be a fortune at a craft show…would love and owl on a tree silhouette also…or even a cat, jacko—-great idea! Thanks, Sandi

  34. Oh my gosh! This project is amazing! I love the way it turned out! Definitely pinning for some Halloween DIY inspiration. 🙂

  35. hilkayaker says

    This is too cute! Would love to make this!

  36. Very clever project which turned out great! There is no telling what wonderful goodies lurk amongst the craft room storage, are there! #merrymonday

  37. That’s too darn clever and cute! Gave you a shout-out on FB today! Thanks for sharing it at the VIP!

  38. Whhhhhat?! This is amazing! Totally love it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  39. This is AWESOME!!! How creative! Makes me want to go the “ReStore” and make one for my mantel.

  40. Your moon is absolutlely beautiful!! Such a fun way to use old light fixtures. I LOVE using old light features as Halloween props. I made this last year: https://instagram.com/p/u1Xw43MG0s/

  41. tylerthestripedhouse says

    Oh my gosh, I wish I had your creativity! This is so brilliant 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Circle 🙂

  42. I love this!! It looks fantastic. Very clever.

  43. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your Vintage Light Fixture Halloween Moon, and I’m featuring you as my pick for the Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed! As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! Grab your friends and come vote at URL The MEGA Rockstar gets loads of love including: 1. The Mega Rockstar project will be featured on all of our social media networks (that’s FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and G+ shoutouts from five different bloggers!!!) 2. Each host will visit the Mega Rockstar’s blog that week and we’ll pin a bucketload of any other great content we find to some of our largest group boards! 3.The Mega Rockstar of the week will get an invite to our secret group Pinterest board where you can pin your own great content. We go through that board each week when we are looking for great, new content to pin, so this means that even months after you’ve won the Mega Rockstar of the week, we can still find and pin your newest awesome content! Congratulations and Good Luck!!! Love, Gwen

  44. That is REALLY cool. I love your idea!

  45. This is so creative!! I love it when projects turn out perfect. Thanks so much for sharing with the Creative Circle!

  46. Hi Sadie! I love this!! Super clever girl! You are one of my Featured pics at this weeks Spooktacular! Sharing on social media today!

  47. Brilliant!

  48. I LOVE IT, looks fantastic!

  49. You have the best ideas ever!! THanks for sharing on MMM! See you at the next party! 🙂

  50. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to let you know that you are this week’s MEGA Rockstar from Creativity Unleashed! I will be shouting you out on all my social media outlets and will have tons of pins going up tonight on my biggest boards starting around 7:30EST. I’ll also be featuring you in my weekly newsletter on Friday. I hope you get LOTS of love this week! You totally deserve it, girl!!!

  51. Wow, Sara, this is so darn cute, clever and all-around awesome! I chose you to be featured at tomorrow’s Vintage Charm Party #2, going live 8am EST, 7amCST over at http://charmbraceletdiva.blogspot.com! Can’t wait to see you there again! xokathleen

  52. Just stopping by to let you know that you are going to be featured at tomorrow night’s Throwback Thursday party! Woohoo! Can’t wait to see you there and hope you bring all your friends!

  53. I have the same globe, definitely doing this! Thanks!

  54. Ok sister I gotta hand it to you! This was brilliant! Being a fellow Halloween lover I will surely be looking to do a variation of this. Thanks so much!

  55. cecilia Jacobs says

    I made a Fairy Moon Globe….I used a car decal, rated for outdoor use up to 7 years. Put it on a post in the garden. I am going to see if I put a solar light under the globe if it will charge through the paint, then it will not matter if I forget to turn on the flameless candle.

  56. Such a cute idea, a fun way to light the night of Halloween!

  57. Wowwwwwww!!! Did I say wowwwwww?? Easy and beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  58. I am blown away, I would never have thought of this..so glad I stopped by your blog! Now I’m going to be scouring thrift stores for old globe lights! You’re so talented!

  59. I pinned this! How cool, i would’ve never thought to do that. It’s perfect!

  60. You always share the best ideas! Fantastic! Love this and pinned it!

  61. Another amazing idea!! pinned – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

  62. Please don’t stop squealing and I hope you have patted yourself on the back several times. Beautiful job and thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  63. This is so awesome, LOVE it!

  64. That is so cool and so much easier than I thought it would be when first seeing the picture of it!

  65. Girl! You are FULL of good ideas!!!

  66. That is very creative! It turned out great. Love. It.

  67. So very cool…. love this!

  68. Oh Sarah! How amazing! You always amaze me with the vision you have to create crafty things like this! I will be featuring this on Monday night at Celebrate Your Story! Thank you for always coming to the party!

  69. Hey Sarah! I wanted to let you know that I chose your fabulous post to be featured this week at Dishing It & Digging It- http://www.angiethefreckledrose.com/dishing-it-digging-it-119 Thank you so much for sharing with us & hope to see you back again this week 🙂

  70. That is so darling! I love it.

  71. Sarah, this is so cute. I don’t have a light fixture like this one, but now I’m going to look for one. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  72. This is too cool. You always come up with such amazing creative ideas! Thank you for sharing it at The Crafty Corner link party. I hope to see you there again (new party starts tomorrow at 6 am EST).

  73. Love this! Super darling and easy, too! 🙂

  74. Sarah, what a fun repurpose!!

  75. Theresa Sambrano says

    This is so awesome! I am headed to Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill to hunt for light fixtures!
    I can see doing a series on my front porch railing…one with a kitty! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Theresa!! This project is from a couple of years ago but it’s STILL one of my all-time favorites that I’ve made! 🙂

  76. I don’t have a memory jar with a piece of sponge, so I’ll have to improvise on that part, but my dainty hands fit nice in my wide mouth globes so I’m gonna get to crafting!

  77. I made one of these the first time you posted it. I went to the resale store and found the perfect one Globe. I had a gel window stick-on of a witch in black and it turned out really good. This year I think I’ll put some more orange and yellow to get that eerier look!


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