I Put a Spell on You

OK, This is a little late.  First Halloween was postponed till the Saturday after Halloween due to weather.  Then I just didn’t get around to writing about it as I put away all the Halloween decorations and winterized the yard.

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Here’s my Winifred Sanderson Costume.  Let’s beak it down:

  1. The Wig – highly recommend
  2. Buck teeth
  3. Purple Dress
  4. Green stripped stockings
  5. Awesome witch shoes (and comfortable too)
  6. Green velvet robe
  7. Snake Robe Clasp
  8. Witch symbol Stamps
  9. Snake Stamp
  10. Green 25 Yard skirt
  11. Crochet Corset
  12. The necklace

OK, that’s a lot to wear.  I started with the purple dress and wore the Green 25 yard skirt over top of it.  I pinned up both skirts because I wanted to show off my stockings and shoes and I also didn’t want to trip.

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Next I added the corset that I made.  The pattern was from Etsy.  Pretty easy to follow, I didn’t have any issues with this pattern.

The robe I tried to embellish using stamps and gold then yellow ink, but it came out very faded.  You can see them if you look at it close, but they are not noticeable otherwise.

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I love these witch shoes.  Love, love, love them!

The snake clasp came all the way from Australia.

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Additional accessories induced the buck teeth, long annoying press on nails, and a black mesh sleeve.

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I made the necklace out of gold wire and beads.

Finally, putting it all together now.

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If I were to do it again, I’d try to modify the robe more, make it more fitting and perhaps fix the stamps.  I also tripped on that thing all night, so maybe it should be hemmed a little.

Hocus Pocus Halloween

This year’s Halloween theme is Hocus Pocus.  Since they closed our office and we are all working from home, I decided to decorate my house instead.  I already shared the Billy Butcherson that I made and Booook.

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I divided the front yard into three areas, the Devil’s house, the graveyard, and Sanderson Cottage.

Starting with the devil’s house I took my skeleton and dressed him up like a devil.  Then I added the pitchforks, little white picket fence and flames.  I gave him a candy bucket with Clark Cups (they don’t make Clark Bars anymore).

Next comes the graveyard.  I bought a bunch of headstones and used cobwebs all around.  I have my garden skeleton that comes out of the ground.  I have my Billy Butcherson and his tombstone that I bought on Spirit Halloween online.  There are some dollar store graveyard fences.  I also made a skull pyramid with Styrofoam skulls.

 

The front porch was decorated like the Sanderson cottage.  Some of the stuff I just had as witchy decorations, other things I bought specific for Hocus Pocus (the doormat, the museum sign, etc.).  I painted some signs with slats of wood from our wood pile.  I made a skeleton in a cage using an idea I got from this pin.  More Hocus Pocus pins and ideas are available on my Hocus Pocus board.

I found the giant cauldron at Party City.  I filled it with tulle and some LED green mini lights.   This makes the cauldron glow green in the dark, without the risk of fire.  I have a fog machine I’ll use on Halloween night, but I looked at various ways to make the cauldron smoke and thought, hmm, I don’t want my house to burn down.

Next post will be my costume as Winifred Sanderson.  That will probably come next weekend, after Halloween.

Billy Butcherson

My next prop for Halloween is Billy Butcherson.

After Halloween last year I picked up some styrofoam body parts on clearance, a skull and a torso.

I started off the project by covering the styrofoam in a sealer. I picked one up at one of the craft stores, but don’t remember which one. They are usually in the same location as the styrofoam.

After sealing the styrofoam, I started to use my model clay to make a nose and lips for the skull. I’m not an artist, but I’m pretty happy with that nose.

Now comes lots of painting. The torso wasn’t so bad, the face had many, many layers of paint. Plus adding eye balls and eyelids (clay).

I finally smoothed our the face with some watered down paint and Hodge Podge. Oh and seeing the lips closed too! I purposefully had his lips protrude out some so I could see through them.

The final step after all the painting was to spray paint the torso and head with polyurethane to help water proof his paint.

I inserted some wooden skewers in the torso and attached the head. The wig is actually an Edward Scissorhands wig. I used a black drape for his coat. A spooky cloth for his ascot thing. And some zombie hand stakes for his hands. I also inserted a sturdy garden stake into the ground and pushed his torso on over top it to stake him into the ground.

I think I’m pretty proud of him.

Halloween Ghosts

I was at Walmart this morning, and I saw these cute little ghosts.  I said to my husband, “Wouldn’t they be cute hanging from our tree?”  And he said, “You could make that.”  The original ghost was $3.98 each.  I went back to the craft section and picked up some plain white cotton fabric, some Styrofoam balls, and some pipe cleaners.  Total cost = $7.00 and enough materials to make 6 ghosts, but I could have bought one less pack of cloth ($6.00 total).

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Nurse Mildred Ratched

Halloween for me is almost like a cosplay.  Last year I did Bride of Frankenstein.  This year I’m doing One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest.  I’ve completed my props and I kept them simple this year.  I made the PA system, a sliding glass window to dispense the medication, and a padded wall.  And my costume is a bit of a Cosplay of Nurse Ratched.

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Spooky Spider Web Shawl

About a month ago, Shaina E on  The Crochet Addiction Facebook group posted a photo of a spider web shawl/poncho that she designed and free-handed.  I thought it was so clever, and I thought I could probably recreate it.

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This would be the first time I ever tried to recreate something by a picture.  I did recreate her design, and I think mine came out pretty close to hers.  She said she just used all treble crochet (tr) and chains, but I had my stitches grow from double crochet (dc) to quadruple treble crochet (qtc).  I may have made that last stitch up.  I haven’t seen anything written about that one, but I imagine it’s out there somewhere.

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Bride of Frankenstein

My Halloween theme this year was Bride of Frankenstein.  I’ve been working on this theme all year, so it was great to see it finally come to life.  Many of my props I’ve been posting over the past week, but there were plenty of decorations as well like the Mad Scientist Lab Combo and the Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein wall decals.

My costume I made following the Little Miss Monstrous Costume pin on Pinterest and I also tried another pin to erase my eyebrows.  I’m not great at makeup, but overall I think my makeup came out pretty decent.  Also, my friend did the eyebrows because I knew I would mess those up.

For the costume, I followed the directions for the drape and arm wraps.  The wig, I crocheted.  I also made some gloves to cover my hands as well.  If I were to do it all over again, I would not have used ace bandages for the arms wraps.  They were not comfortable and kept slipping all day.  I think I’d probably just make wraps from rags.  Perhaps using a cheap bed sheet?  But I do love the final costume.  This pin has also been re-pined from my board probably at least a hundred times by now.  I hope there were a lot of Brides of Frankenstein out there this year.  And yes, this costume is much better and more authentic than the one I saw at Target.

So, my cubicle won 1st place at work and my costume won 3rd place.  I’m very happy with my results.  And I have at least two more Halloween ideas in my head to keep me going for the next couple of years, although it would be pretty difficult (and expensive) to top this one.

Frankenstein’s Lab Props Part 5

Part 5 in the Frankenstein’s Laboratory prop series, leading up to Halloween.  The next prop for Frankenstein’s Lab was also inspired from pictures of the movie set.  This one is a giant wheel.

Materials:

  1. Two Large wire wreath frame
  2. Styrofoam rod
  3. Styrofoam disk
  4. Newspaper
  5. Flour
  6. Water
  7. Brown spray paint

Note:  I just did this one by the seat of my pants with no plan.  If I were to do this one over again, I think I could have made it much better.  I’m going to provide instructions on how I think it should have been made, rather than how I actually made it.

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Completed wheel

Steps:

  1. Cut the Styrofoam rod in half.
  2. Space the rods evenly around the Styrofoam disk and trace the circumferences onto the Styrofoam disk.
  3. Cut out the rod circumferences around the Styrofoam disk to about 1 – 2″ deep, judge the depth off of the position of the wreath frame.
  4. Place the Styrofoam rods into the Styrofoam disk and make sure they position so they fit inside the large wire frame.
  5. Place the Styrofoam rods inside the two large wreath frames (sandwiched) and tied the wreath frames together.
  6. Mix the flour and water together for the paper mache.
  7.  Rip the newspaper into strips.
  8. Paper mache the newspaper strips around the wheel frame.
  9. Do about two coats around the entire wheel.
  10. Once dry, paint the wheel with the brown spray paint.

OK, Since this was my first time doing paper mache in many, many years, I found that I made many mistakes,  The paper split.  Not sure why?  I tried to smooth it out with plaster of Paris and that was a big mistake.  Overall, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end product, but I didn’t feel like ripping it apart and starting all over again.  Hopefully these instructions are better than the process I initially followed.

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Wheel prop in progress