It’s almost halloween again and I have been enjoying my Spook so much over the last year that I just had to give him a friend… a Girl friend! This sweet witch is just as easy to make and also sits perfectly on a step or a tree stump. She sports a awesome hairdo and perfect boots! Let me show you how to make your own DIY Concrete Witch Ghoul!
DIY Concrete Witch Ghoul Body Supplies:
- 2 balloons
- 2 litre Soda Bottle
- Masking & Duct tape
- Yarn, rope, cording, or mop head & scissors
- tongue suppressors or paint sticks
- tin foil
- paper towel
- styrofoam tray
- Fabric that has some absorbency (I used velour)
- Cheesecloth or large mesh fabric (halloween mesh)
- Quikrete Portland Cement (mixing tools/container/utensil, water, gloves/mask )
- Optional acrylic paint
Step #1: The body
To make things easier later on I have used a double layer of balloon for the head this time. Put one balloon inside the other and blow them up together. It may be a bit more difficult but you don’t need it very large. I used 2 so that I was assured of no bursting…(don’t ask how I know this)
The beauty of using the bottle for the torso is that it is easily cut later and it can be filled to provide a nice stable weight. Tape the sticks or tongue suppressors across the back and the balloons at the front of the bottle. I know she does not have the best posture but she looks comfortable.
Every witch needs a hat! Don’t be too fussy as it will be covered later on. Make a brim out of cardboard, and then roll a cone until it fits as you like. Tape it securely and then cut to fit the brim.
To make some arms use whatever wire you have on hand. This is covered copper wire but you could use coat hangers as well. Tape it to the shoulders. To add some ‘bulk’ (muscles) wrap some plastic bags around it. Tape the bottle to the styrofoam and add some ‘flair’ out the back with some tape.
She needs skinny little witch legs and some boots. Again using wire, add the shape by forming with tin foil. Some pointy toes and little heels were in order. Make a couple long rectangle boxes for her 2 legs/thighs and tape the wire legs to them.
Step #2: The Hair
She needs great hair! I wanted some curls so I untwisted a cording that I had on hand (reason to keep practically everything) but you could also use rope, or even a mop head. It should have some fibre for the concrete to absorb into.
I made a ring of ‘hair’ to go around her head (under her hat) that included her bangs and long sides.
Be creative, and imagine it with the draping…
Step #3: The Fabric
I like to do a test-drape to make sure I have the right amount of fabric. One rectangle for each leg and one large rectangle for the sleeves and back coat. If there is extra it is easily tucked underneath.
Step #4: The Cement Work
The Spook has held up really well to all the temperature changes here in Canada so I have used the same mix on this. It is Quikrete portland cement. If you are new to concrete you may start here.
Mix Portland cement and water to a slurry that is somewhat like melted ice cream. Set your armature Witch on a step and cover it to protect from the concrete.
Start with the feet and legs. To cover the boots I used the slurry concrete like paper-maché.
Rip small pieces and layer the feet/boots and smooth it out. Give it a few layers and roll some paper towel for the ankles. They can remain quite thin
Dampen the fabric before dipping into the slurry, as then it will not suck out all the moisture from the concrete. Work it well into the concrete so that the fibres absorb enough concrete.
Drape each leg over the thighs first. Fold over a bit at the bottom, and tuck any extra under at the sides.
Then use the large rectangle and drape it over the shoulders tile it meets the floor at the back and around the front arms. Play with the folds and how the sleeves rest on the legs. A brush helps smooth the cement.
The hair was a bit tricky as it was somewhat fragile in the mix. Some strands needed to be reattached. Perhaps a mop-head would be perfect! It’s like playing with mud…
I dipped a coarse mesh fabric (sold for halloween decor) into the slurry as well and wrapped it over the hat when in place. Brush extra cement on to give it a good coverage. It creates great texture and absorbs the concrete well.
It comes together quite quickly with the cement. You can fuss with the hair, and add cement to keep the strands in place.
Step #5 The Finishing
After the cement cured over a couple days I pulled out the bottle and popped the balloon. Pull out any pieces like tape and cardboard. The cemented fabric should be stiff enough.
I then added another brushed layer for good measure. It probably didn’t need it. I included a bit of acrylic paint into the thin concrete ‘paint’. I tend to be a bit fussy with finishes… my bad.
Misting it with water slows the setting which does help to add strength.
I couldn’t help but smile as she was coming together… Such a cool DIY concrete witch Ghoul! Her weight lets her sit well in a step or stump.
Since she is hollow, you can add some light. (battery or solar operated are the easiest) Make her a broom stick in case she needs it…
She will keep an eye out for any wayward spooks…
The best thing… you don’t need to sculpt a face. You just have to use your imagination to ‘see’ a face.
They make the best pair; perfect for halloween. I think I can hear them whispering… I know you want one of your own DIY Concrete Witch Ghouls or Concrete Step Spook or The Cat
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She looks great! One question: you use the terms concrete and cement interchangeably. Are you using concrete OR cement? (Both?)
Thanks for sharing this project 👍🏼
They can not really be used interchangeably. Concrete is portland cement and additives, cement is referring to the portland cement. The fabric acts as the ‘aggregate’ here so there is no stone or sand. Sand can be added but I find it just stays in the bucket since it does not absorb into the fibre unless it’s really nubbly. Since it is a portland and an ‘aggregate substitute’ I do refer to her as being ‘concrete’ though. More can be seen here and different concrete mixes here Happy making!
This is just awesome! I just ran across many of your items and plan to try some of your ideas this year – if I have the time. I’m always working on at least one project a year for Halloween, but I begin in the summer. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, I know, it seems once september hits Halloween is around the corner! I have some ideas as well… I better get cracking!
I just finished your ghoul. It was so much fun. The witch is next. Your instructions & pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.
I bet there are many ghouls out there! I should make a montage of them all! Glad you made him… Don’t forget the other 2!
This awesome witch kept coming down my facebook feed for sale.. i felt it was a scam so i came here and sure enough it is your craft. Amazing
That is odd as I do not sell them! Beware Facebook ads have always been scam products for me! Some steal the image and then send some completely different product.
Did you know there’s a website using your photos to sale a statue that looks like yours?
Every week it seems another site pops up with stolen images from me and other great designers! I bet it’s the same thieves except they keep changing sites so as to not be accountable. It ridiculous!
I have a question about your beautiful witch. How do the legs hold, I don’t see how they are attached to the rest of the body.
The top jacket fabric ends up draping over the legs like arms and therefore attaches the legs that way. The inside remains empty (ghost) and then no water will collect either. Hope that helps!
I made the step spook the other day and I’m OBSESSED!!!! I didn’t even know you had a witch and scarecrow. I’m SO EXCITED to go make both! THANK YOU from one out of touch artist to another who is clearly killing it. Thank you for your generous instructions and how to’s. I know it must be infuriating (although feel good) to have images stolen and used without your permission. That’s your hard work, not theirs and not cool. But thank you for sharing your creations with the rest of us. My family is also obsessed with our new friend and I have decided it’s a boy. He needs more friends now. Can not wait!!! 😂❤️
Wow! I bet I don’t really know that there may be thousands all over the world! Everyone should send me a picture of theirs!!! That would be amazing! ‘Spooks across the world!’ Oh, there’s a cat too!!!
I meant happy as in so many people want one of these cool creations. But ridiculous that people feel the need to steal and scam others. My post must have autocorrected and I don’t know how to edit so felt I must clarify because it sounded wrong and not what I typed.
I made a witch ghoula. She sits at the corner of our property on a log as a Halloween greeting for my neighbors! It’s an intersection of two streets that dead end. Thanks for the tutorial! I made her in about 8 hours spread over 4 days. Totally worth the effort. I have extra cement to use up on something cool.
Wonderful!!! She needs a friend; like a Step Spook, Cat or Scarecrow! Thanks for letting me know!