How to Make a Little Witch to Welcome Halloween

Halloween witch

Meet Ginger: my little Halloween Witch.

She was created entirely of farm produce - gourds and corn mostly. Well - there IS a bit of help from felt tip markers and hot glue - so MOSTLY all farm produce!

Actually, something quite similar could be done using fresh squash or pumpkins - but once cut, your squash will likely only last a couple days before it begins to mold. But that is true of pretty much anything made with fresh squash or pumpkins.

While sharing the secrets to Ginger's construction below, I offer some suggestions for those of you wanting to use fresh squash that should allow you to keep your own witch most of the season.

Truth be told, Ginger didn't turn out exactly as I pictured her and that caused me disappointment and frustration - after all, I had been looking forward to making her for a whole year! However, my brilliant and wise daughter helped me to let go of that picture and enjoy Ginger just as she turned out.

I am sharing how she was made in case some of the tricks I used will be useful when making a witch of your very own.

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I selected these gorgeous gourds last fall with this little witch project in mind.

Halloween witch

The only cutting necessary - cut off the part of the gourd that is going to be the hat. I use a fine tooth pumpkin carving saw to cut my gourds.

Fresh pumpkins and squash come in so many fabulous shapes as well - find one that says "I am definitely a witch" and then look around for a great hat!

The "body" does not need to be cut at all. The hat, if cut from a fresh squash, will need to be cleaned of seeds and enough pulp to fit nicely on the witch's head.

If you are using a fresh squash or pumpkin and you want your witch to last the whole season - create a hat from paper or papier mache or dried corn husks!


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The body and hat are easily decorated with Sharpie felt tip markers! And felt tip markers work just as well on fresh squash as they do on dried gourds.

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Even after decorating, Ginger's hat needed something - dried Indian corn husks hot glued around the edge as a "ruffle" did the trick...

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- almost.

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A little something was needed at the edge of the gourd. I had lots of fresh sweet corn in the fridge so I harvested the corn silk and twisted it together into a loose cord and hot glued it into place.

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Fresh corn husks make perfect hair! Shred all the husks from at least one ear of fresh corn as is done in this tutorial and then hang in bunches to dry. In no time they will begin to twist and turn and curl! Very witchy hair!

Once completely dry, glue the dried husk pieces all around the head as shown - leaving just enough area free for her face to peak through. Since her hat will cover most of her head, it is not necessary to cover the entire top of her head.

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The final steps - glue on the hat with hot glue and add a nose made of the tip of a gourd or a jewelry gourd or even a very cool pumpkin stem. Ginger's nose is half of a jewelry gourd held in place with Blu Tack (not permanent in case I ever find the perfect nose).

I don't know how well hot glue will react with a fresh pumpkin - but it just might hasten it's demise. So I am thinking that if you make a witch using a fresh pumpkin or squash, attaching the hair and hat might be best done with something like Blu Tack.

Ginger's broom? A wheat broom (see how to make one here) embellished with a braid made using strips of fresh corn husks.

Ginger's cauldron - the other half of the "hat gourd" - painted black and filled with dried corn silk.

There is lots of room for creativity here! Lots of potential witches hiding out there in those pumpkin fields or in the dried gourd bins.

I hope some of you are inspired to make a witch of your own this season and try some of the little tricks I have shared here.

Small flat gourds make great

Small flat gourds make great faces with the stem for a nose.

I absolutely second the

I absolutely second the BRILLIANT! It's amazing to me that you can do so much with so little!

Pam, you are out of your

Pam, you are out of your gourd!!

hahaAHAAHAAHH!!! Get it?

Okay. I think the name Ginger is fabulous. And the purple! Come ON! I am loving purple and orange. And this is, of course, about me.

Over the years you have made me such a fan of gourds.
Ooh! A gourd fan!! Make that! Make that!!

This is brilliant! Would have

This is brilliant! Would have never thought of this & when I first saw the decorating, I thought it was painted - Sharpies are great & your witch is adorable.

She is to cute! Are witches

She is to cute! Are witches meant to be cute or scary ;)

Your gourd projects are the best, just when I thought there was nothing more a gourd could become!


Super cute Pam and very

Super cute Pam and very clever. Loved seeing the process and it's probably as close as I will get to Halloween as it's not that big a deal here ~ although, I think over the next few years it will catch on in a bigger way.

Pam, She is wonderful! Now I


She is wonderful! Now I have to grow some gourds!
A small pumpkin stem would be great for a nose.


this is an intresting cool

this is an intresting cool tute!!! In the Netherlands we don't have still many of them.
Because we really don't celebreath halloween.
but... by influences of other countries it blowing over.LOL
I didn't knew that you could mold them and to let them dry in that shape.
this is brilliant.
love the witch and how you all made it. You can't see that the hat is made of paper mache. well done!!!!!
love her.XD
thank you Pam to share this with us;-D XO's

If she's a witch, she's an

If she's a witch, she's an adorable witch! You are so talented!

Very cool. Love it!

Very cool. Love it!

Lordy woman you amaze me more

Lordy woman you amaze me more every day on this blog of yours,can't wait open it up see what you done next,Have good weekend...

Whoo! What a frightening

Whoo! What a frightening witch! And the color combination green and purple is very "witchy"! I absolutely love the nose! Great tutorial! thanks