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Do you love DIY Halloween decor ideas? Then you have come to the right place! Halloween decor at the yellow brick home is always over the top! Halloween is so much fun and I love having unique decorations to delight guests for the holiday.  I like to make my own decor or “upcycle” and repurpose old ones for originality. One of my favorite Halloween DIY projects is this “bewitching makeover” I gave a yard sale witch.


Easy DIY yard sale witch makeover DIY Halloween Decorations

A few years ago I purchased this witch at my mother-in-law’s yard sale for $10.00. I have always wanted one of the life size animated witches like the ones in Grandin Road, but I could never bring myself to pay full price for one. I was thrilled to get a hold of this old gal because I knew with a little creativity she could be awesome. She looked like she had seen one too many Halloweens, so I decided to give her a shabby vintage makeover!

Fun DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas Glamorous Witch Makeover

The first thing I did was add some false eyelashes. I used a cheap black eyeliner pencil to reshape her eyes, and give her some brows and lipstick. I even gave her a new ugly witch mole beauty mark.

Halloween Decorating Ideas Shabby Chic Witch

The next step was taking her hair out of a ratty old pony tail and letting it down. Now she is rockin’ the awesome silver hair like we are seeing all over Pinterest these days! Then I started adding style and bling with a spider scarf and vintage brooch. I also reshaped her hat and glued a black and orange glittery rose on the side.

She was looking good at this point, but when I added her blingy reading glasses, Alakaazammm! Makeover magic! (She mainly only uses her reading glasses for reading potion recipes).DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas Shabby Chic Thrifted Witch Makeover

Bewitching! Her eyes light up and she cackles along to the sound of thunder and screeching cats meowing in the background! So funny! And now she’s just too stylish to be creepy. The neighborhood kids love her and I am hoping now that my niece won’t be afraid of her like she was when my in-laws had the witch on their porch!

Bewitching Makeover Shabby Halloween Vintage WItch

“Eye of Newt and stone of bling, make me seem a lovlier thing!”

Altered Halloween Hang Tag Witch Hang Tag Primitive Halloween Tag

I was going through some old Halloween decorations and found this cute tag…”She tricked and treated and ate candy all night long…” Such a fun touch!

Awesome DIY Shabby Chic WItch

If this isn’t a case for proving the power of makeup and bling, I don’t know what is! I found the vintage rhinestone brooch for .25 at a yard sale earlier in the summer and the scarf, glasses, eyelashes and eyeliner came from the Dollar Tree. The rose was a clearance sale special at Jo-Ann Fabric, so I spent about $6 on her makeover. $16 total-Works for me!

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I love  having her seated at the top of our porch stairs holding this large Haunted House ticket sign to greet Trick-Or-Treaters. She is the neighborhood Halloween “Hostess with the Mostess!”

Because of the  sound effect of a cat meow and screech I got the idea to put my vintage blow mold cat at her feet. Now it sounds like it’s coming from the cat!

My witch has quite a green thumb, literally! Just look at these gorgeous, vibrant orange mums with deep black petunias! She must have used some magic to create this stunning arrangement!

Halloween Flowers fall garden fall flowers orange mums and black petunias

I love how this witch turned out and I think she looks even better than some of the more expensive animated witches I have seen in big brand catalogs and stores. I really don’t celebrate the “dark side” of Halloween and I like that by adding a touch of beauty she loses the “evil” and foreboding look and becomes more whimsical. Even if you aren’t a makeup artist, you can certainly do a makeover like this one on any second hand witch you may come across on your junkin’ adventures. Or you can always “bling up” a newer witch to give her a little more character and pizazz!

Shabby chic Halloween Witch Halloween Porch Decorating Ideas

This year she will probably be getting new scarf and I just can’t wait to see what kind of garden magic she works with her green thumb! Come back for my 13 Days of Halloween Home Tour, (October 16-28) to find out what she comes up with and to be inspired by a lot more enchanting  Halloween decor ideas! You can also see my early fall home tour here in case you missed it.  I hope you are inspired!

Now if you really, really love Halloween Ideas, come on over and link up all month for the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party HERE!

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See you at the party!


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  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    your little lady looks so glamorous, I think I need one of your 6 dollar makeovers! The mums are gorgeous, and I love that adorable little kitty!

    September 25, 2017 at 3:15 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Debra! I have held on to my black petunias all summer but this 80-90 degree September was more than they could take. I was hoping to do something similar this year. Now I am going to have to try something different. Oh well, could be fun!

      September 26, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply catherine

    Hi Amber
    Great witchy makeover! Love the sign she is holding too. Well done!

    September 30, 2017 at 12:40 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Catherine! I am so glad you visited! By the way there is Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link party going on here on the blog all month and I would love for you to link up your beautiful pumpkins!

      October 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Thanks for sharing your Halloween decor at Vintage Charm & your mums are gorgeous!

    October 2, 2017 at 2:52 am
  • Reply Ann Krucek

    Oh my!! You did a fabulous job making over your witch!! She looks stunningly scary now!! I never in a million years would have thought of adding false eyelashes to her – your $6 was a great investment because she looks better than most of the expensive ones!!

    October 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I will be sharing a lot more ideas all month long at the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Link party that just went live on here today! You are invited to come on over and link up any Halloween Decor you have too! Thank you so much for visiting today!

      October 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Holy Majolie Amber that is one STUNNING porch! and I need to know the next time your MIL has a garage sale, she purges some awesome goodies!! I love your porch, it is epic. Sharing it on SM for ya, thanks for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Hope you had fun and met some good friends.

    October 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Christine! I am so glad you visited today. Looking forward to linking up to the party regularly! I also have a fun Halloween Party going on here if you want to join, the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party. Thanks again!

      October 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Oh she is a bewitching beauty Amber! I love her makeover and the ticket is the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    October 5, 2017 at 2:57 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I really like her Jann! I am already thinking of how to display her this year.
      Thanks for hosting such a great party. Linking up today!

      October 6, 2017 at 2:33 am
  • Reply Krstin

    Amber, she is beyond amazing! I want one just like her now!!! The bling and glasses! She’s perfect! Love the tag too!

    October 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Lori

    I so enjoyed seeing your witch at the front door and how you made her up! What a treat for your neighbourhood to see her and with that sign – it’s perfect!

    October 8, 2017 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Lori! Today I got the idea to give her a fresh look for 2017! I usually don’t put her out until the week of Trick-Or-Treat but I think I am going to start giving her another makeover next week and hopefully I will get it done in time to do another makeover blog post. Thanks for stopping by today!

      October 8, 2017 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Rhonda Hallstrom

    Amber I’m loving the witches makeover!

    October 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Rhonda! I am thinking of refreshing her look again. The masquerade masks you shared in your post made me think she might want one for Halloween too!

      October 11, 2017 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Sam - Raggedy Bits

    How fun, Amber! Your neighbours must love seeing her sitting on your front porch!! Love her sign that she is holding!!

    October 7, 2018 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Debbee

    I love your witch makeover! So clever and creative.

    October 7, 2018 at 11:30 am
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