Friday, October 18, 2013

UMBRELLA WITCH

Did you know that there is a full moon tonight?  An October full moon means Witches Nite Out and I'm throwing a party!  I've had a lot of fun decorating for it and this is my favorite project.
Isn't she fabulous?  I told you earlier in the week that I saw this project "online" several years ago, long before I knew what a blog was.  I have no clue whose idea it was or what blog it came from, but I fell in love with it and every Halloween, I've wanted to make it.  Two years ago, I told my dear friend Judy about it and she even sewed the legs for me and still, I didn't get it assembled.  This year, I finally did it.  
I took my umbrella witch outside and hung it from a tree so you could get a good look at her, but if you hang her inside she looks like she's floating right down from the ceiling.  Her wickedly wispy tulle skirt moves with the slightest breeze and although it was pretty windy the day I took these pictures, I did manage to snap one while it was calm so you could see it a little better.
Here's the how-to just in case you want to "magik-one-up", as my friend Heather says.
You need a pair of legs.
Now I told you my awesome friend Judy made mine for me, and they are way better than my plan, which was to use some tights and stuff them inside a pair of kids boots.  I like her idea better.  Those curvy toes and high heels on the boots are just perfect!  I stuffed the legs with poly-fill.  In the above photo, you can see one stuffed and the other is not....because I was so excited to finally do this project that I realized that I had not taken a "before" pic of the legs.  Stuff em as tight as you can without ripping the seams.
You need an umbrella.  Mine came from the Dollar Store.  Open the umbrella and snip off the handle as close as you can just under the little catch that keeps it open.  I used some bolt cutters, but it was serious overkill...the handle is very thin and you could do it with wire snips.  Now wrap up that cut end with some electrical tape or duct tape because if you don't, you will cut yourself on that sharp end and you might say some swears.
Leave that huge open umbrella in the middle of the living room where it's in everyone's way for a couple of days, and then cut some tulle strips for her skirt.
After totally frustrating myself trying to cut flimsy, slippery tulle into strips and possibly saying some more swears, I called my friend Judy.  (She's like my craft guru hotline.)  Seems the solution is to fold it as best you can and then cut your strips with a rotary cutter.  Worked like a charm!
Make yourself a whole pile of them.....
I cut some long and some short to give her skirt a more raggedy effect.  There are 8 skeleton ribs on my umbrella and I attached 12 strips to each spine.  You do the math..I'm too lazy.  Attaching them was simple...just tie the strips onto the umbrellas skeleton ribs with a double knot because that tulle has a mind of it's own and you want it to stay put.  (FYI:  I had to google umbrella parts because I wasn't sure what those were called....skeleton ribs!..perfect for Halloween!)
The only thing left is to attach the legs to the umbrella.  I thought about this for a long time.  After leaving the legs and the open umbrella out in the living room where it was in everyone's way for one more day...I figured it out.  With the ordinary magic of zip-ties, I was able to get this umbrella witch hanging in no time.  I used two small zip-ties to close the top of the legs.  You could sew them closed if you want, but I didn't think it was worth getting my sewing machine out for.  Most of my regular readers already know that my sewing machine is possessed.  I call him Damien and I rarely let him out of his cabinet.  He has horns and he scares me.
I need an exorcist...seriously.
But I digress...I used a humongous sewing needle and some dental floss and just ran it through the top of both legs to hold them close together.
After the legs were secured together, I ran a medium sized zip-tie in between the witches legs (around the floss) and attached it to the umbrellas skeleton ribs in the center.  I used one more zip tie as hanger loop, just poked it up through top of the umbrella.  (Zip-ties are to me, what duct tape is to my husband.  Throw a few in your purse...you'd be surprised what you'll need them for!)
Now my Umbrella Witch is finished and ready for transport to the party.  Yep...I'm not having this party here in my home...I'm having it at my local bar.  I mean, it's Witches Nite Out after all.  The owner, Marchelle was kind enough to allow me to use her awesome bar as my party venue.  She's dressing up like a witch too.  She's giving us our own corner of the bar AND...I hear she created a special shot just for us!  So fun!!  What crazy, fun friends I have who will meet me at the bar tonight..all dressed like witches.  I'll share some pics if they're fit to post!  Here is one friend I'm looking forward to seeing.  Her name is Renee and she came out to my pumpkin patch dressed like a witch one year....
Isn't she awesome??!!  I wrote my second ever blog post about her and you can read it HERE if you are so inclined.
So...as a final note to this already too long post, I have a plan to cute my witch up just a little more, but...I wanted to get this post up and running so I could link it up to my good friend Mel's party over at Mellywood's Mansion.  It's a fun one and if you have a project you want to link up...head on over to the link at the bottom of this post.
Linking up to any of the fine parties listed HERE as well as....
 
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51 comments:

  1. 'Love the witch! How cute! And poor Damien... Are you sure he's possessed? Maybe he's just misunderstood and has a quirky sense of humor? ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. I! LOVE! IT!!!
    Turned out great. Have a great party.
    Happy Friday too.

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  4. This project turned out delightful. I mean frightful.
    I want to hang out with your coven.
    I have a project for which I need to cut up a bunch of tulle. Can I have Judy's number?
    I am glad that I'm not the only one that leaves projects-in-progress in the middle of the room so people have to walk around them.

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  5. Danni - this is one of my favorite Halloween projects - it's just too freaking cute!!!
    I can't wait to hear about this party - AND see the photos!
    And btw - I always thought that photo of your sewing machine was something your created on Pic Monkey - it actually LOOKS like that???
    XOXO

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  6. Wish I could go to the witches night out!!! This is so great!! Love it! I thought the sewing machine was picmonkey too!! lol

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  7. OMG....that is TOO stinkin' CUTE!! If Damien can't rise to the occasion on Halloween , then when else?

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  8. heeheeheeee! She is hilarious and a little bit spooky. The party plan sounds awesome, wish I were coming!

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  9. Oh Danni I love this witch!! It's a full moon? Maybe I'll go into labor tonight...lol. Enjoy your party!! I'm also laughing so hard about that sewing machine picture...lol.

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  10. Wow!! I love her!! And your sewing machine is hilarious. Have a great time tonight!

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  11. Ok, this is just way too cute! I LOVE it!

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  12. That is so cool, I think everyone should have one on their front lawn~ Lisa

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  13. There are so many things about this post that I love. Your project turned out so cool. You are the queen of Halloween crafts. I can't believe you used dental floss to sew the top of your witch legs closed...only you :). Glad you didn't need to use Damien for this project. And, lastly, I wish I could attend witches night out. It sounds like so much fun!

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  14. So stinkin' cute and fun Danni!!! I want to go to the par-tay!!! Can't wait to see pics!!!

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  15. This is the best {and I mean the very BEST!} Halloween craft I have ever seen, Danni! Love it, but I am real glad I'm not your neighbor during Halloween as your frightfulness would surely give me a heart attack !

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  16. This is the most awesome Hallowe'en decoration I have seen yet! I'm pinning this for sure.

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  17. Wish I was attending the Witch party...looks like so much fun. I love your skinny legged witch and I'm looking forward to some pics from tonite. There had better be pics, Danni! ;)

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  18. Girl, where is your pin it button? This is the cutest thing I've seen in a very long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I want to make one next year. I need a photo otherwise my little brain will not remember it!

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  19. Okay, I remembered I could save the photo to my computer, but I still want to pin it. This project is flipp'n awesome.

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  20. How cool is this!!!! And the party sounds like a blast! You really know how to have a good time . . . especially around Halloween! Have fun tonight!

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  21. How glamorous she turned out - have fun at the Witches Nite out!

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  22. You've outdone yourself!! I was lovin' your Witch Hand the other day and now an Umbrella Witch? The curly toes and tulle are just to die for. She's really kind of pretty in a Halloweeny kind of way :) I hope you have a fabulous time at your party, sounds like so much fun!! And thanks for the zip-tie tip. I'll put that one in my back pocket (or purse) Have a great weekend ~ Amy

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  23. Aw I want to go to the party too!!!! I hope it was heaps of fun. I LOVE this umbrella witch Danni - you are seriously my hero! So darn creative!!!! Love ya

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  24. Danni, this is just simply too fabulous and I absolutely LOVE it (and loved the whole post!) Pinning of course. Have a great time at the party and I would love to be going along with you! :) Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Love it! Pinned it! Sharing it! ;)
    Thanks for linking up at the party and for the laugh, too.
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

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  26. This is so amazing. Seriously. AMAZING! Pinning and sharing and all that fun stuff, my friend!

    :) Linda

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  27. No witch should ever be seen out without high heeled boots, that is so cute.

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  28. Witchy-wonderful! But I can't decide whether I should pin the project or Damien!

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  29. I came over to see how to make the witch. My daughter would love to make this one, I think. Great project, Danni.

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  30. FREAKIN AWESOME Danni! Hope you had an awesome party. *pinning*

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  31. I agree that this is "freakin awesome"! Hope the party is fabulous!!!~~

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  32. This is so awesome Danni! And that pic of "Damian" is frickin hilarious.. You're too funny. Hope you have a great Witch's Night OUT!

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  33. That umbrella witch is bloody awesome

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  35. That is so cool! I think I'm allergic to tulle, though. Every time I try working with it, vulgar cursing starts spewing from my mouth.

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  36. This is the cutest thing ever! And you're so stinkin funny!!!!!

    -andi

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  37. Ummmmmmmmm....sewing machine....devil....scared.....evil.....horns....goat eyes.....blood and gore....nice legs. :)

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  38. This is adorable! A great idea! I hope your party was a blast. I want to come down next year!

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  39. Your umbrella witch is fabulous, and so is Damien! That was my nickname for my son when he was
    2 1/2 and having some seriously evil tantrums for about a year. He's 18 and lovely now! Phew!

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  40. Danni that is so fantastic seriously awesome, yay for Judy as well great set of pins on her

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  41. That is awesome....I want one! I guess that means that I will need to learn how to sew :( Or maybe I can make my daughter do it...I like that idea!!

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  42. I have never seen anything like this and love it. Any new twist on Halloween decor is a hit in my book! THank you so much for sharing. It is just too much fun!

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  43. Wow...I absolutely LOVE your umbrella witch! What fun...and I love that you named your sewing machine "Damien!"

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  44. I just adore this!! Thanks so much for linking up to our Best Of The Weekend party last Friday! This is being featured on my site when the party goes live again tonight at 8PM EST. Feel free to come on over and grab a button off my sidebar and have a great weekend! :)
    xoxo

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