Make a Kid's Witch Costume for Halloween
A no-sew tutu, pointy craft-foam hat, DIY broom and striped tights are paired with a black T-shirt for a wee witch's costume that's cute enough to cast a spell on even the biggest Halloween humbugs.
- long-sleeved black T-shirt
- 2 pieces black foam
- 4 yards black tulle
- 1" wide black elastic band
- 2-1/2 yards black ribbon
- sewing tape measure
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- 15-20 small twigs
- 3' stick or dowel rod
- 2' hemp twine
Make Tutu Waistband
Measure child's waist then transfer that measurement to black elastic band (Image 1). Mark with a pencil then cut band at marked line. Cut two 20-inch pieces of black ribbon then fold one ribbon over each end of elastic band (Image 2). Pin to secure then sew (Image 3).
Cut black tulle into pieces that are approximately 25 to 30 inches wide with sharp scissors, varying the lengths to give the tutu a jagged edge (Image 1). Roll tulle, measure, then cut in three-inch sections (Images 2 and 3). Set aside one 25- to 30-inch-wide piece of 3-inch wide tulle to embellish hat. Next, cut strips in half by folding lengthwise and cutting at fold (Image 4). Finally, cut all ends at an angle to emphasize the jagged look (Image 5).
Stack 2-4 strips of tulle together and fold in half to form a loop (Image 1). Wrap loop around elastic band and pull ends through loop's center to attach the tulle strips to the elastic (Image 2). Repeat with remaining strips, sliding them close together, until the entire elastic band is covered.
Form Cone for Hat
Roll one foam sheet to form a cone (Image 1). Place cone on child's head to make sure it will fit; if not, adjust the size. Draw a straight line with a ruler and pencil to mark excess foam to be cut (Image 2). Use scissors to cut off the excess foam then trim along the cone's bottom to make it straight (Image 3). Apply a dab of hot glue where foam overlaps at tip and squeeze until glue cools (Image 4). Apply a small bead of hot glue down remainder of seam and press overlapping foam onto it (Image 5). Hold in place until glue cools. Tip: Applying a small amount of glue will prevent squeeze-out.
Create Hat Brim
On second piece of foam, trace around a large dinner plate with a pencil then cut out circle with sharp scissors (Image 1). Set cone on top of circle and center. Trace around base of cone with a pencil (Image 2). Cut about 1/2" inside traced line and remove inner circle (Image 3). Cut 1/2" excess into tabs and fold over to crease (Image 4). Apply dabs of glue inside base of cone and press tabs into glue to secure cone to hat's brim (Image 5). Hold in place until glue cools. Repeat until all tabs are glued to inside of hat.
Tie reserved piece of tulle around hat (Image 1). Secure with a simple knot in back held in place with a dab of hot glue. Cut black ribbon into two 20-inch lengths; these will tie around child's chin and help hat to stay put. Attach ribbon's ends to inside of witch's hat with beads of hot glue (Images 2 and 3).
Purchase a dowel rod or find a stick that's approximately 3' long and 3/4" in diameter. Collect 15-20 twigs to fill out bottom of broom (Image 1). Bunch twigs around base of stick (Image 2). Trim a 2-foot length of twine with scissors (Image 3) then wrap twine tightly around bunched twigs to secure them to base of stick (Image 4). Add a few dabs of hot glue to loose sticks, if necessary. Tip: This broom is simply a costume prop and should not be used as a toy.