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How to Make a Little Witch to Welcome Halloween
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 05:18
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.
I selected these gorgeous gourds last fall with this little witch project in mind.
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!
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.
Even after decorating, Ginger's hat needed something - dried Indian corn husks hot glued around the edge as a "ruffle" did the trick...
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.
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.
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.