Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crafty Thursdays: Blood Splatter Ornaments

Kerry Hammond is back this week for Christmas in July and she's been working on her crime scene tree...

Today’s craft is a Christmas ornament for any tree. Well, any mystery lover’s tree, maybe. They are Bloody Balls and very easy and inexpensive to make. 

Set of Clear Round Glass Ornaments (purchased at any craft store, such as Michael’s)
Red Craft Paint
White Craft Paint
Latex Gloves or Paint Brush
Empty Egg Carton or Dixie Cups
Stick (I use those chop sticks you get for sushi takeout)

Step One: Paint Inside Ornaments
Remove the ends of the ornaments and set aside. Squeeze enough white craft paint into each one to coat the inside. Tip or swirl the ornament to get the paint to coat the entire inside, then tip the ball upside down in an empty egg carton, or in a Dixie cup (depending on the size). I used the egg carton for mine and put a stick across the egg indents so that the ornament would hang upside down with enough room for the excess paint to drip out. Dry overnight. If you notice any spots that aren’t covered, repeat this step.

Step 2: Apply Blood
You can use a brush to apply the red paint to the outside of the ornaments, but I put on a latex glove, set the ornaments in the snow outside, poured paint over my gloved hand, and flicked the paint onto the ornaments to look like blood spatter. Return to egg carton or Dixie cups to dry overnight.

Step Three: Replace ends

Carefully return the ends of the ornaments to each and hang on your tree.


  1. I have one of these that Kerry made and it is amazing. Love it.

  2. Very clever and sounds easy enough, except for the snow.

  3. I love crafty Thursday! These look perfectly doable and very cute. I'm hoping that, at year's end, we get a view of the crime scene tree in its entirety.

    1. Pattie - you won't even have to wait that long. We have one more ornament and then the tree skirt. Then you will get a view of the overall tree.