Another Halloween…Oh, how I love Halloween! There has been a LOT going on at our house in preparations for the big day! Let’s begin with the WITCH! I remember as a child I would watch my mother make witch faces out of pantyhose…Super weird, I know. However, also super cool! My mom helped me make one of my own about 15 years ago. The poor girl had seen better days and so, I ventured out on my own to make new witch! Having a pantyhose witch in my home is pure selfish, I am recreating my own childhood Halloween memories. And, so it is…I am diving deeper and deeper into the realm of becoming my mother! It is a good thing I like her, she is where I get my crazy!
Making a pantyhose witch is all in the imagination! Plus, a little trial and error!
Get yourself a pair of pantyhose. (I don’t even remember the last time I bought a pair!) Stretch them out a little. I would not go as far as to say put them on! Next, stuff the “buttocks” of the hose pretty good. Once stuffed, tie the waist off with a knot. Then, tie a knot in the bottom of the head using the two legs. TA-DA! The beautiful beginning!
When you are deciding how to create your witch face, imaging where a face might “go in”. The sides of noses, nostrils, eye sockets, chin dimples, cheek bones. Using doubled thread, (or Floss) a giant knot, and a long needle, begin creating. This may take a little practice. Don’t be afraid…the uglier they are the better!
I love making a weird chin, deep cheek bones and of course, a WART! I like two warts; one on the nose and one on the chin. Once I have tugged and pulled her face how I want it, it is time for eyes. I used black felt for the eye sockets and the biggest googly eyes the craft store had to offer! I also used felt for a generous eye brow! And for the finishing touches, I added a little depth with some powered blush. Isn’t she a beauty!?!
For a wig, I cut and stretched an old black t-shirt. Once I had enough bulk, I tied the stretched pieces of t-shirt together in the middle. I also gave her new t-shirt wig a haircut, the old girl needed some softening around her face. She needed a little aging so I also added a layer of white “hair” using the same method!
Her body was created using crossed wooden sticks. The horizontal stick would be used as a base for shoulders. All it needed was a little bulk. I am super tricky and duct taped a pillow to the frame. This gave my witch plenty of bulk for a body and a hunched back. Her head was then tied on above the shoulders using the left over length of the pantyhose legs.
Then…cloths! I used a black nightgown I found at a thrift store. All witches need hats! A few more accessories and she it perfect! (feather boa, a broom, and feathers in her hat) I love her! My six year old daughter asked me to move her from the family room because she did not want the witch looking at her. She does create quite a presents.