Ok, ok, I am a total liar. I seriously THOUGHT I had shared my actual tutorial for my glam witch crash that I made 2 years ago! But no, I just took all the pictures for the tutorial, and never posted them. So hang in there with me, these pictures are 2 years old, and I’ve gotten a bit better since then. BUT! The witch has lasted for 2 years now, so you can make her with confidence that she’ll last! I came up with this, what we’ll call “procedure” like out of the blue. So it might be a bit scrappy, but it sure does the trick and it will cost you probably around $20 or so. Which really, isn’t bad for a craft like this.
So without further ado, I give you, for real this time, not for fakes, my Step by Step Glam Witch Crash Tutorial:
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1. Round laundry basket from a dollar store, you want one that’s really light weight and 20″ or so round on the bottom, I don’t know EXACTLY but kinda like that ok!
2. 2 yards green tulle or mesh netting (for the witches skirt) mine came in a roll in the holiday supply section at Joanne’s
3. 1/2 yard fabric for witch’s bloomers
4. 1-2 yards of sheer black fabric for witch’s skirt
5. A pair of black and white striped tights (they have these at craft stores and Halloween supply stores)
6. 4 sheets of glitter foam (for shoes, mine are purple plus a little black for the taps on the bottom of the witches shoes)
7. 2 36″ dowels or sticks
8. Wire, zip ties or heavy twine
9. A poster board size foam core, mine is white but black makes more sense now…
10. Some stuffing for the witch’s legs
11. A hot glue gun, duh
12. Sewing machine optional
13. A stick for the broom, I took one off a tree I think…and some twigs or sticks for the brush part. Look around the fake floral section at the craft store. Or you could use straw. Or an actual broom I guess…hello!
So, here’s my laundry basket. I placed it on a piece of foam board, and cut a circle so that the foam board was like about the same circumference as the wide part of the laundry basket. It doesn’t really matter what size it is, it’s all relative people.
Choose a sheer fabric for the witches skirt, this way you don’t have to hem it and it will lay better. I hot glued the black fabric around the bottom of my foam board circle. I maybe did 2 or 3 layers to give the skirt body.
I liked this netting I found in the Halloween supply section at the craft store, but tulle would work too. I started by stuffing and hot gluing a few layers on the inside of the basket…
And then moved the the outside of the basket.
I just like stuffed the crap out of it into the little holes. Haha, I used hot glue too, you could totally make this nice and neat and use some yarn and stitch it in place. But you guys, I’m like a renegade crafter. I’m so hard core.
I think what I did here is I tried to glue the bottom of the laundry basket to the foam core board, but it didn’t work. I slipped the basket inside the black skirt, if you can see that.
Here’s a better picture of that before I had the green stuff in there.
So what I ended up doing was using some embroidery floss and a big needle to stitch through the foam board and the holes in the laundry basket. You just need at attach the basket to the board. The stitching KIND OF worked, but some zip ties or wire is a better idea. Last year I went through with some wire (like some from the jewelry section or floral wire will work) and secured things.
Here’s what she looks like sans legs.
I’m crafting at night now! Yes, you can see my soda cup too. My desk looks about the same 2 years later…anyway I put one stick in each leg of the tights. I didn’t cut the tights or anything. Then I pushed fiber-fil stuffing around the dowels.
As you can see, I didn’t stuff the WHOLE leg, because they would have been too long for my witch. So you should use the sticks to measure before putting them in the tights, and determine how far you want her witchy legs to stick out.
Then I made two little bloomer legs for my witch. I hemmed like a sleeve of fabric that would fit around her thigh. If you don’t sew you could just hot glue the hem. I’m not giving you measurements, because again, it’s all relative. Depending on how thick the legs are, how long they are. But I have faith in you, you can DO THIS!
Then I shimmied the bloomer up around her thigh…hahahaha this seems so dirty. And I used matching thread to tie off what would be the elastic part of the bloomers, if these were functioning bloomers.
To attach the legs to the basket I used wire again. I just wrapped the wire around the leg and through two holes in the laundry basket. And twisted them off. I did it more to the side of the basket, but you just have to kind of play with them to get them how you want them. Then you want to stuff some more tulle between her legs…ha…so you can’t see the basket or up her skirt.
Here’s the broom I constructed by tying twigs to a stick.
I attached the broom the same way I attached the legs. I really think zip-ties would be awesome. You should try them. Haha.
And here’s like how I made the shoes. I used the pink and silver here to kind of show the shape of the pieces I figured out. I’d like to give you a stencil but I just don’t have the time at this moment and I think you can figure it out just looking at a shoe! I swear you can. For her heels I just made a little tube and glued a circle of black on the bottom for the taps.
To attach the shoe to the leg use hot glue. You can’t use real shoes because they are too heavy. I tried. But you could use like slippers maybe! Or socks, and stuff them in a foot shape, if you don’t want to make these glittery shoes.
UPDATE! I’ve found these things while out and about this Halloween and these would work well for shoes as well:
To hang the witch I used some of the wire that was sticking out on the back of the foam core. Then I tied some string to it, and used that to hang her. Like I said, this isn’t scientific, but she’s lasted Fall storms and two Halloweens of trick or treaters, so I’m not messing with it! Questions?! Let me know. I’ll do what I can to help you out! The kids in the neighborhood love my witch. And I love her too!
And I love you. Oh my gosh, there is so much love right now!
You know I’m like usually so specific with my tutorials, so this one is kind of hysterical. But I really want a lot of glam witches all around this country…so let’s do it!