Waiting really paid off for me—for once. Yeah, I usually hate to wait.
This time, though, I ended up with this FUN project!
glass bottles with wide openings
colored rocks/marbles/quirky stuff
patterns for witch hat and bat wings HERE
needle and thread
black spray paint
drill and 7/64 bit for drill
pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)
about 20 inches black ribbon
brown distressing ink
pattern for small sign HERE
Use black spray paint to paint the inside and outside of the lids to the bottles.
Put a small amount of rocks or marbles in each bottle.
After painting each figure (see individual instructions), glue the ribbon onto the head.
Put a dab of hot glue on one end of ribbon. Immediately put the glue and ribbon over the hole in the head of the clothespin. Use the wood skewer to stuff the ribbon into the hole.
And, a little note—I painted the eyes at the end of each project, so the pictures may be slightly different from the instructions. And, I didn’t always insert the ribbon right away either. Go with the instructions because they are written the way I realized I should have done things after the fact. Isn’t that the way it usually works?!
Make each figure following the instructions below.
Glue the black ribbon to the inside of the jar lid. Mine were much shorter than I expected, but I didn't cut anything until I stuffed the figure into the jar and made sure the ribbon was allowing it to hang the way I wanted it to hang.
Carefully stuff the figures into the jars. The witch is a little tricky because she is more bulky. Use the skewer to poke things into place after you have her in the jar.
Screw the lid on the jar. You may want to embellish your jar, but I thought it was busy enough and wanted the focus to be on what was in the jar so I left mine plain.
You can add a little card which says “specimen display” if you would like. Print it (HERE) on cream cardstock, cut it out (I didn’t keep the whole thing—I cut on the inside lines) and use brown distressing ink on the edges.
Instructions for each figure
Hot glue the side edges of the the dress together at the back.
Make a bow tie for the ghost using a small scrap of purple chiffon. Cut a narrow strip, double it over, tie in a bow and cut off the ends. Hot glue to the neck of the ghost dress. (I apologize if your ghost is a boy! ;)
Paint head white and let dry.
Use end of toothpick dipped in black paint to make round eyes. Let dry.
Insert ribbon (see general instructions) in the head.
Tear a strip of white fabric by making a small slit with scissors and then ripping the fabric in a strip. Mine was about 18 inches long and I didn’t need all of it.
Put a small dot of hot glue on the end of the fabric strip and adhere to the head. Wrap the fabric snugly around the clothespin. When you get to the bottom, wrap it back towards the top a few times and glue the end down. I adjusted the fabric here and there so it didn’t look too uniform.
Adjust the fabric so you can slip the pipe cleaner through it to insert it in the holes for the arms. Wrap the ends into little loops to form the hands. Bend the pipe cleaner to make the arms go the direction you would like.
Trace bat pattern HERE onto black felt and cut out. Glue it to the back of the clothespin.
Use scraps to make two tiny triangles for the ears. I actually glued mine on and then cut them a little smaller so I had a place to put the glue. Use your skewer to press them on while the glue is hot.
Use end of toothpick dipped in white paint to make round eyes and 2 little lines for fangs. Let dry. Using the toothpick, add black or red dots to the center of the whites dots for the eyes.
(Note—make the witch last so you can use the wood skewer on all of the other figures first. It comes in very handy. You will then use it for the witch’s broom.)
Paint head green and ends of clothespin (“feet”) black.
Insert ribbon (see general instructions) in the head.
Make a black dress in the same manner as the ghost dress except do not glue the dress together yet (if at all). Put the open edges to the side where one armhole is located.
For the other armhole, cut a tiny hole by folding the fabric and cutting a tiny slit, then folding in the opposite direction and cutting another tiny slit to form a small X in the fabric. This should be positioned right over the armhole.
Slide a chenille stick in through the armhole holes. Leave it longer than you might think you need so you can position the arms correctly to hold the broom. You will do this last.
Make a cape out of purple chiffon in the same manner as the dress except it should be double the width and then folded in half. Run your gathering stitch across the top where the two raw edges are. Your folded edge should be at the bottom.
Hot glue the cape around the neckline from one side to the other. Do not glue around the front of the witch.
Using small scrap of green fabric, rip tiny strips for the hair. Glue around the head leaving the front clear. You can layer it to look more full and more crazy. Be careful not to glue the ribbon that is inserted in the hole in the head. You will be covering most of the top of the head anyhow, so don’t worry about getting too close to the ribbon.
Using the pattern found HERE, cut a circle and a cone section out of black felt. (The circle should be about 1 1/2 inches in diameter--or slightly smaller--when you print it out)
Fold the circle in half and then in quarters so you have a tiny little pie slice shape. Cut off the tip so, when it is opened again, you have a small hole cut out of the center.
Insert the witch’s ribbon from the head through the black circle.
Glue the circle to the head at a jaunty angle.
Lay the ribbon over the cone section on a flat surface. Keeping the ribbon inside the cone, carefully roll the flat piece into a cone shape and glue the edge down. You will want to make the hole small and the cone fairly skinny. You can also do this part first and then insert the ribbon through the cone using the skewer. It works either way.
Glue the edges of the cone down to the flat black circle that will make the brim of the hat. Be sure to hold the witch by the ribbon (she will be hanging) as you do this so you can see where to glue the cone to the brim. Otherwise, it will hang funny.
Use white glue (Elmer’s glue) to make dots on the hat. Pour glitter over the dots and shake excess gently off.
Use the skewer to make a broom for the witch. Cut off a small section for the broom handle. Tear tiny strips of white fabric for the broom part. Hot glue them on. Use a larger strip to tie the tiny strips (which are also glued) to the broom handle. Cut the ends or glue them so they hang down with the broom bristles.
Place the broom in the witch's hand(s) so that it is more vertical than horizontal. This way, it will be able to fit in the bottle.
Whew! This seems really long, but it is really easy and lots of fun.
My children painted clothespins with me and are excited to finish their little Halloween figures so I would definitely say it is a project you can do with children.