Thursday, October 7

artful thursdays #25....halloween witch tutorial


we met for our art group last week and i taught everyone how to make these halloween witches. their bodies are made with wool or cotton wrapped pipe cleaners. i thought you might like to make one of your own, so today's artful thursday project will walk you through the steps to make a wool wrapped doll for you to decorate for any holiday.

the basic supplies you will need to make the doll are wool roving, cotton pipe cleaners, and a paper face. for decorating you might gather bits from your little art shop: crepe paper, vintage book paper, tinsel, stamens, lace, stars, felt, anything sparkly, and some tiny trinkets.


step 1. fold two 6 inch cotton pipe cleaners in half and shape into a body by twisting the two pipe cleaners as shown. my pipe cleaners are the ones really used to clean pipes made by dill's.

step 2. start wrapping your wool roving on the figure in this order: arms, legs, then the body. start at the end of the hand or foot and wind your way into the body with thin wisps of wool pulled off your roving. never cut the wool fibers as they won't wrap back and catch on themselves as well. you can get some great wool roving at ornamentea.

step 3. wrap wool roving around the head to finish the figure and tuck the ends around the neck. use a bit of spray sealer to hold the wool in place if you need to or i like just a bit of tacky glue smeared on my fingers to tuck in any stray bits.


step 4. start designing the clothing. i made a little crepe paper skirt and glued it in place.

step 5. glue on little sleeves. i used some vintage loopy trim tucked over each arm.

step 6. glue on a bodice. i used a piece of halloween garland from last year. the tiny stamens are just glued in place with a black bit of seam binding tied around the middle for a sash. the sparkly tinsel is glued on top.


step 7. make a little witch hat. cut out a cone shape and glue the ends together. i decorated this one with a bit of ribbon trim and a glittered star. the black paper is vintage photo album paper. add a circle base to the hat if you like. glue on your paper face for your doll and then the hat. any old photo copied onto paper will do well. my face is about 3/4 inch tall.

here are the spooky girls made by some of the gals in my art group. i usually don't bother to take photos as the building we meet in has horrible overhead lights and a bad background. this time i just went for it. it was totally fun using just the stuff on the table to set up the photo. thank you my art friends for such a lovely evening!
this one is by Diana and photographed on her gorgeous carpet handbag.


with roller skates and a lovely porcelain head, this little witch is by cheryl.


this sparkly baby with all the ruffles is by candice


lori made this darling doll using a vintage jello mold!


amandas happy girl holds the cutest mask...


heidi was making a doll for each of her kids in their favorite costume. luke skywalker was going to be next, awesome right.


this cutie by lorraine looks like she just won the trick or treat pageant


amazing how each one is so different even though we started out with the same kit. this little pumpkin fairy i made for my pretty little felts book. her pumpkin is a wool bead with a bit of embroidery. hope you enjoy this project. spooky wishes, julie

25 comments:

paperbird said...

Julie I love how your witch turned out... I knew she would be wonderful!

kt said...

These all put me in the mood for halloween, they are the sweetest witches! Thanks for the instructions.

lisbonlioness said...

Oh, they are gorgeous!

miss lynn said...

ohmygosh!
i love this!!!
thanks so much
for the
inspiration!!!
i hope to
try this over
the weekend!
happy day!

Jingle said...

Oh, your witch is so wonderful and I am so excited that you shared instructions! Thank you so much!!!

Jeanne said...

How frightful and delightful!!!
xo
jeanne

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Your art group sounds like so much fun! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Threads of Inspiration said...

These are absolutely adorable!

Karin said...

I love these! So adorable...

Suzy said...

Very cute! Love them all! And your tutorial makes it look simple.

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chrissy said...

julie...these little witchy dolls are so clever. each one turned out so sweet. what a lucky art group. thanks for taking the photos anyway....they are so inspiring.

Heidi said...

I love these little witches!

Diana P. said...

OMG they are all so sweet! If I can find the time I'm going to have to try to make one too. Thanks for sharing this!

Kelly_Deal said...

Oh how cute! Every single one of those witches is adorable!

Little Pink Studio said...

Julie, I adore your tutorials. Thank you so much for doing them.
This is definitely on my must try list.
Cerri

Flora said...

These are the cutest withies I've ever seen!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Blessings,Flora

chinamommy said...

just found your blog...love it! bookmarked it too..
~m

fine as frog hair said...

just wanted to let you know that something lovely happened to me today…I found your blog…delightful

Whosies said...

what a great and simple thing to make up! i love the variety.

Regina said...

I love this!! I know my little niece would love being made into a litle fairy witch. Perfect!!

Amy Elise Feisthamel said...

Thank you for sharing all of those darling witches and the how-to-make those cuties! I am looking for some little projects to make with my boys for Halloween. Amy :)

philippine gifts said...

Cool! Thanks for guiding me through this. I will try to make something like that this weekend. Keep posting!


-yumi-

Melissa said...

These are so stinkin' cute!!!! Thanks for tute, I really want to try to make some of these for Christmas!
Smiles-
Melissa

Halo Hill said...

These are absolutely DARLING! Love them!

Sheila

Anonymous said...

What type of spray sealer did you use and what did you use to dye the wool yellow? Thanks

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