How To Make Yard Witches

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Do you like decorating for Halloween but don't want to break the bank doing it? I'm sharing how to make yard witches on a budget! You can see more of my crazy creations here

I started with a regular sized tomato cage and placed it upside down on the floor.

I put a plastic pumpkin pail upside down onto the 3 stakes of the tomato cage. Depending on the weather and where you're putting them you can use twine to tie the pumpkin pail handle to the tomato cage for stability.

I placed a yard sized garbage back over the pumpkin pail and tomato cage, and used twine to tie a waist for the witch under the pumpkin pail. Later I decided to switch this to some yarn I had on hand but you could also use ribbon, or anything you want.

I hot glued another pumpkin bucket to the top for a head. You could use the face of the pail or place it backwards as I did. I'll left mine blank but you could also draw or paint a face on if you like.

Optional step. I bought one of these battery operated LED lights from the dollar store and placed it inside so my witch head would flicker at night.

I added a witch hat to the top of the pumpkin pail. If you put an LED light inside you'll need to be able to reach inside and turn it on. If you aren't putting a light inside you can hot glue the hat to the head. To make the hat stick up right I filled it with a couple recycled grocery bags.

I made 3 of these witches. To create their arms, I cut strips of another garbage back, made a knot in the middle to represent a hand, and hot glued the ends to each witch. This is the corner or shoulder of the garbage bag. On the witch ends, I hot glued a strip to the shoulder and made a knot at the end and left it hanging out.

I love how the witches turned out!

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  • April Rose-Sharp April Rose-Sharp on Sep 08, 2021

    Fantastic idea. You made me so excited to make them. Halloween is my favorite Holiday. When you got to the part of adding 2 more, I thought of the Sanderson Sisters lol.

    Does anyone have any idea where I can find a black plastic cauldron??? Hopefully it's not to late in the season to find one, thank everyone.

  • Mag53429331 Mag53429331 on Oct 05, 2021

    How do you fully secure this thing? I can’t get mine to not knock over. The pumpkin underneath slides which causes the pumpkin on top top slide. I have out rocks in the top pumpkin to help and still gets knocked over.

  • Ile53531152 Ile53531152 on Oct 08, 2021

    I love the witches but the problem I am having is keeping the hats on I do not want to glue them because I want to put a light in and be able to grab it to turn it on and off any suggestions I need help thank you

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