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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
  • wire
  • tin foil
  • paper towel
  • styrofoam tray
  • Fabric that has some absorbency (I used velour)
  • Cheesecloth or large mesh fabric (halloween mesh)
  • Cardboard
  • 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

barbmaker

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This Post Has 24 Comments
  1. What a delight you are! I am so happy to have stumbled on your website.

    I am going today to get witch parts.

    Thank you.

    1. I agree, I just found you yesterday and think this is my new favorite website. I can’t wait to explore your site and learn from one very talented and imaginative lady.

      I love to create and repurpose things, your site is a treasure chest of ideas and how to’s.

      Thank you

      1. Thank you! It’s been a labour of love and still needs to grow! I need more hours in the day… or some elves. ( and now I picture a concrete elf in my head) And so it goes…

  2. Hi Barb. I am in love with this project. I would REALLY like to show you a little girl I made several years ago using a similar method…but no photo share option in your comment section. I’ll have to figure out another way to do so. Thank you SO much for being so generous with your ideas and artwork. You are inspiring me to get back at it after way too long a hiatus.

    ~Roni

  3. Wow, ok, I’ll try to close my mouth now. This is so fabulous, I could not believe how beautiful this turned out. Forget just using this for Halloween. I love it as a yard sculpture for year round. You so nailed this. I too, am so happy that I found your site, because its so rocking.

    1. Oh thanks. I’m lucky to have a long history of making including dolls at one point. You will notice how eventually things come together… It’s uncanny. I just a memory pop in my head, of some crazy craft of making dolls from ‘old apples'(ya, really!) They also had a wire body.

      1. Hi Barb!
        Big fan. Am in the process of making one of your geode tables and have also been working ona yatd sculpture for one of my besties. I am so glad I found this as I have done a similar “painting” concrete technique and was worried about it sitting outside. So glad to know yours held up so well but I do have one question.Did you seal tue concrete or spar it or anything?
        I was also planning on painting parts of it, have you ever done that? Then it would definitely need some sort of sealer.
        I was also wondering if you have ever colored your “slurry”? If so, what type of paint did you use?
        Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

        1. As I see on old houses with painted foundations, it seems if the paint is quite thick and there’s any moisture it will peel. Driveways seem to need repeated sealing as well. It also darkens the concrete. I guess I just take the risk rather than have the repeated maintenance. If the paint is more sparse I think there’s less chance to peel. I have added acrylic paint to the slurry and it does give a slightly different colour. It will also strengthen it a bit. I have noticed though that it makes the slurry instantly thicken. You can also use the concrete colours as they are prob a higher concentration of pigment. ‘Hope that helps…

  4. Awesome! We have always been into Halloween. I couldn’t stop reading and hopefully get a chance to make them!
    Thank you so much for showing them and the instructions. Have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing more!

    1. Thanks for the nice words! The ghoul sits out on a stump as does the witch where I can see them. It’s fun to have some personality in the garden in any weather, including the crazy snow we will soon be getting… They are not that difficult since the armature is done before hand. I’m starting to love the draping and dreaming up some new ideas for spring.

  5. I am so glad I came across your website! I love this project! I have a question about the end where you remove all the plastic and tape. Do you leave the cardboard and wire for the legs? I am trying to figure out how they stay in place if I take it out. I am making them as soon as the weather warms up!
    Thanks
    Diana

    1. Thanks, I have been watching her sit on a tree stump through the crazy winter we’ve had! Yes, you can leave the cardboard and wire in the legs. It’s like the rebar they put in patios. As long as it is well covered with concrete it will be fine.

  6. Amazing. I’m happy to have stumbled on your site as well. I have been interested in the concreting for some time. Thank you for all the detail steps and DIY’s. I have messed with papier-mâché lots and this was the next step I wanted to take . Love the Ghoul and witch combo I will have to try those along with other things you’ve posted.. Again Thank you without people like you some of us crafters would not be able enjoy different mediums. Which I enjoy do all of them 🤗

    1. There’s just something cool about being able to make something pretty permanent in a short time. I remember as a young crafter asking my parents for a kiln and sadly they said no. Maybe it’s my way of compensating so many years later…

  7. My wife and I have really enjoyed both of these projects and have even tried making them ourselves. Our neighbors asked us how much we want to sell them for, but we have no idea what to say to that.

    1. Don’t be too cheap (it takes a lot of time to make these and make the tutorials) as then the appreciation is much less. I’m in the midst of dreaming up an addition to the family…

  8. Really great! I am from Germany and last year saw the ghol on pinterest and wanted to make it but unfortunately I did not find the instructions. And it was already too cold here ..
    This year, the witch came. Very nice!! And now I have your guide found yeah.

    Now it can start. …

    Only one thing I still do not understand what you mean by flair. Google does not translate that correctly. I mean the “flair” on the back of the witch

    And thank you for your extremely great description thank you

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Hi Germany ( I have special feelings for Germany as that is where I was born!) The ‘flair’ is what I meant as the skirt/cape has a fullness draping outwards. It’s like what a skirt does. I hope you understand. It’s funny when I was in Germany I just could not get the word for concrete, now I know it is ‘beton’! Good luck!!! Viele Grüße!

      1. Thank you, now I know what you mean …
        Yes, it’s called “beton”
        The funny is “concrete” I did not understand at first too, I had thought it means “konkrete”that is used here like the word “cool”.

        That’s nice, where were you born?
        Funny would be Baumholder that’s right
        arount the corner from were I live.

        I’ll let you know how it worked ….. Thanks

        Greeting Silke

  9. Im in love with this Barb..she’s just gorgeous! Im gonna make this asap. Thanku so much for sharing this project…Im gonna make the goul too 😆

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