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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
“Eye of Newt and stone of bling, make me seem a lovlier thing!”
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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See you at the party!