How to Turn Vintage Portraits Into Fun Halloween Witch Decor

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What says Halloween more than a witch!?

I'm going to show you how I used thrifted vintage portraits, a dollar store frame, a little paint, and cardstock to make the cutest little witch decor for Halloween!

I found this frame at a local euro store. It was the perfect size for the photograph I wanted to use. I really liked the pretty vintage style detailing on the frame.

I had this black acrylic paint on hand; which I used to paint the frame.

After a couple coats of paint, this is what the frame looked like.

I found this picture at a thrift store. I love vintage photographs. I thought this cutie would make the perfect little witch.

If you don't feel comfortable using your own family photos, you can always find vintage portraits at thrift or antique stores.

I used basic black cardstock to make a witch hat for the child in the photo.

If you have a paper cutting machine, you can easily make little witch hats, which I have done in the past.

I wanted to share a way to free-hand a hat, for those without a machine.

I simply drew a witch hat onto a section of the cardstock. The fun part is, you can create a hat you like! If you do an internet search of witch hat clip art, you can find various styles to copy.

I then carefully cut the hat out using scissors.

I don't like to ruin vintage photographs, so I always use removable mounting putty to attach the hat. I have had great success using this on walls and photographs. You may want to test a less important photo first before applying it to your vintage photo.

I have only used the Scotch Mounting Putty

I just used a small amount of putty and placed it on the back of the hat.

You may find you need to trim your hat down a little if you find it overlaps the frame.

Simply press the hat onto the photo! That's it!!

Super cute!!!

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Suggested materials:
  • Frame
  • Vintage photograph
  • Black cardstock
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