October is one of my favorite months. I love fall and especially Halloween. I was looking through my stash of Halloween decor for something to hang on my front door.
I really wanted something different than the usual Halloween wreath. So I decided to just make something new.
And for some reason, I love anything with witches for Halloween. So I decided to create a wooden Halloween door hanger with witch legs.
So out to the garage I went to hunt for some wood pieces that I could make this out of.
Here are the items you will need to recreate this piece if you want to:
1/2″ Plywood Boards
Wire & Picture Hangers
And the tools that I used for this project:
I found a piece of plywood that would work for the large circle and another piece for the witch legs.
Now, my first dilemma. I needed to cut a large circle from the piece of square wood. I wanted the circle to be about 22″ round. I couldn’t find anything that large.
So I went to You Tube and found this great video on how to make a larger circle. I am attaching the link in case you want to see how it works.
Now, for cutting the circle out. I had a little help with my cutting process. Yay for me. He is better a using the power tools than I am.
Then the edges were sanded for a smoother finish.
While the sanding was being completed. I started on the witch legs.
I drew out some legs and then traced it onto the other piece of wood. You don’t have to cut out two different legs, just turn the pattern over to reverse the direcction of the boot.
The witch legs measure about 14 1/2 inches long from top to bottom of the heel.
Then we used the jigsaw to cut the legs out. I mostly watched. Ha!
Now we have our two witch legs that have been sanded. I used a Dremel to get into the tight spots on the witch boots.
Then I gathered my paint, brushes and glue. Below is what I used.
I had all the necessary supplies for this project so I didn’t have to go out and purchase anything. I always use the Apple Barrel acrylic paints. You can check them out here if you need paints. And I like to use Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue.
I love using foam brushes for my projects as well. These are very inexpensive and are really good to paint with. I usually wash mine out and re-use them for several projects.
I normally keep a bunch of these on hand. You can buy them in bullk bags, which is what I do.
You can find them here if you are in need of any.
Also, if you need paint brushes, I always just by these in a bulk package as well, you can check these brushes here.
Now, ready for painting.
I painted the wood circle first using the yellow paint to represent the moon.
I put three coats of yellow on this. This paint dries quickly. That is why I like using it.
Then I painted the witch legs all white first and the boots black.
Next, I wanted to add some stripes to the witch legs to look like socks. I measured and marked the stripes, about 1 1/2″ apart and marked it with a pencil.
Once that was dry, I painted every other space purple. I used dark purple because that is what I had on hand. But I think a lighter purple or even green would look better.
I painted three coats of purple for the socks and let that dry.
Once everything had dried, we attached the witch legs to the yellow moon.
I placed them on the moon and let everything dry overnight.
Then I decided to add some dimension to the moon and boots.
I took one of the foam brushes and dabbed a little black paint onto it. Then I wiped off the excess paint then took the brush around the edge of the moon to give it a shadowed effect.
I also wanted to do something to the witch boots. So I painted a white buckle to the shoe and then took the white paint around the edge of the boots like I did the moon.
I think I should have shaded the stockings with black like I did with the perimeter of the moon. I may do that later.
I added a bat to the upper corner. I already had this bat cut out for another project and just decided to use it for this one. I added the shadowing effect to it as well.
Then I added the words “Trick or Treat”. I just lettered the words with a pencil and then used a small paint brush to get the desired thickness I wanted.
You could use different words like “Happy Halloween” or “The Witch is In” would be cute or even the word “Boo”. Whatever you want.
Once I got that finished, I let it dry overnight. Then I used some picture hangers and wire to attach a hanger to the back.
Oops…..I forgot to take a picture of the installation. It was pretty basic. I just nailed the picture hangers on each side of the back. I just eyeballed it. Then threaded the wire through and twisted it around the hanger and then rolled off enough wire for the hanger and then twisted the other end around the hanger.
Next I wanted to add some kind of embellishment to the front. I just used what I had which ended up being a piece of burlap.
I just basically bunched it up to look like a bow and then tied another piece around the middle and glued it to the moon.
Once it was dry, I was ready to hang on my front door.
Now my front door is ready for all the Trick or Treaters.
I would love to hear how you decorate for Halloween and how you decorate your front door.
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