October is my favorite month. Only having my birthday during this month would make it better, but at least one of my babies was born smack dab in the middle of October, so we can have Halloween themed birthdays and decorate early, sometimes I start decorating in September. Is that bad?
Since I love decorating for Halloween, I make a few new things each year to put out and add to my Halloween arsenal. This year I decided I needed witch shoes to put out with my cauldron and broom. And not just any witch shoes but a pair of fabulous witch shoes.
I went to Goodwill and found a pair of shoes that I thought had the potential to build out into a classic witch’s shoe shape. Using a lightweight cardboard to build out the heel, I gave it a squared off shape rather than a rounded heel and then stuffed it with paper to give it more support. I added newspaper and taped it to the toe to elongate it. I added a couple of inches and brought it to a rounded point. Then I added the lightweight cardboard to the tongue with masking tape and gave it shape by bending the cardboard.
The hardest part of the whole process was getting the paper mache all over it. It was messy and because of the curves of the shoe, it was a bit difficult. I had fun peeling the glue off my hands like a little kid, though. 🙂 I let the shoes dry overnight.
Of course, I painted them black like any good witch shoe but they were too boring to leave flat black.
All along I thought I would be adding skulls and spiders, maybe a little lace to the shoes but once the shoes were painted I wasn’t feeling any of those things, instead a moon and a star appealed to me.
Still, they needed something. and I had bought silver leaf Rub ‘n Buff for another project I’m working on. It turned out awesome. They look old but not too old. My witch also likes designer shoes so I painted the bottom of them purple.
Here is the final look.
Do you make your Halloween decorations or do you buy them? I mostly make mine but I do pick up a few things that I think will fit in.
I will be linking up with these parties.