This was a birthday gift from my sister. It came unmounted and unpainted, with just a coat of primer. I was so excited when I saw it! Last year about this time, I went to visit my sister and saw this witch sign amongst her many Halloween decorations. I wanted it. I really, really wanted it. When I asked her where she got it, she told me she had made it.
One day while surfing the web she came across some craft classes--one to make these witch signs. So my sister looked at the picture, she showed it to her husband and the two of them came up with a pattern. When I saw it, I asked her for a copy. Although it was less than a week away from Halloween at the time, I thought we could do it for an upcoming family craft day. Unfortunately, she never gave it to me. When the end of September came around this year I thought again of that sign and I was just about to start bugging her for the pattern, but before I could--voilà!, she gave it to me without me asking. Aren't sisters great?
Sparkle Mod Podge
4 googly eyes
Decorations for witch hat (I used glitterly pipe cleaner, ribbon and spider)
Witch hair (I used chenille pipe cleaners, my sister used orange yarn)
1 5/16" button (for nose)--you can also use this for the cat nose if you choose not to paint it.
36" x 5" piece of wood to mount your letters
These are the wooden pieces you have to work with. Mine were already primered.
Paint the following pieces and allow to dry before adding a second coat.
- W--orange. T, wooden button (nose) and witch's face--green. C--purple. H, cat head, witch's boots, hat brim, top of witch's hat and witch's dress--black. Decorate the legs as you wish.
- Mod Podge scraps of coordinating paper to each letter, the dress of the witch and to the dowels for the socks. Trim the edges. Remember to cover the entire surface with the Mod Podge so it will all look the same, especially if you are using one of the glittery or sparkly types.
- Glue your googly eyes on the cat face. Paint the nose and mouth. I mixed a little black and white together to get the color I used for my cat's face. Use the same color and a fine brush to paint the lines around the cat's face and ears.
- Glue the googly eyes on the witch and with a fine brush and black paint add some eyelashes. Then attach the nose. Paint the mouth, I used a fine brush and black paint. For the rosy cheeks, I used some of the orange paint mixed with white and began stippling it on (the harder you dab the darker the color). I crosshatched some fine lines with black to finish off the cheeks (you can always use a fine black sharpie in place of a fine brush and black paint). Glue your hair in place. Attach the brim of you hat and decorate as you wish. I added a couple of pieces of glittery pipe cleaners, two different ribbons, and a spider. Glue the dowels in place for her legs and attach her boots.
- Tie/add bows where you wish!
This was the first time I used the sparkle Mod Podge and I loved it!
This is my sister's sign. The one that started my obsession with this project. This is not the best picture. It's kind of hard to see the witch's face clearly, but you can get the overall gist.
And for any of you who would like to make your own sign, please e-mail me for the pattern. I will be more than happy to send it out. I tried to upload it to this post, but it just wasn't working. :(