Thursday, October 20, 2011

All About Witch Shoes



Just in case you missed our fun tutorial  for The Monster Craft Bash
we'd thought we'd post it again.
 We have a soft spot for anything Halloween,
and it's pretty obvious we have a fetish for Witch shoes too!
If you have wanted to try your hand at decoupaging
there are some great tips you want to take a peek at!
This project is pretty simple and unlimited for your imagination!
We knew we loved witch shoes...
but there's something about those socks that are so funny!
You will need some witch shoes cut from 3/4" MDF or pine,
 a 22" section of 2x4" wood,
Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and embellishments.
We grabbed our paper from Hobby Lobby and used K&Company,
which by far has the cutest Halloween paper that we love!
First we drew up some styles we really liked
and sized them to fit together.
We don't have a clue how to do free printables-
but feel free to blow up these pictures on your computer screen
and trace away!:)
These shoes range from 6"-9" tall and about 6" wide.
Ideally you'll need a scroll saw to cut these babies out.
They aren't hard to cut out, I promise!
Second, you'll need to base coat them with a coat of paint.
We always do a 2/1 ratio of paint with water.
The water helps the paint go on smoother with no globs.
Third, trace your shoe shapes right side down with pencil
and cut out each shape.  It's okay to leave a little overhang
which you'll next sand off.
For the sock we cut strips of colored paper and glued them onto white card stock
to create the perfect witch sock.
Another little tip~make sure to pre-cut your "sock" to the edge of the shoe.
That way you won't have a weird bump overhang that you glued over.
Using a very thin coat of Mod Podge, adhere your paper into place.
If you put it on too thick your paper will buckle.
Make sure to rub it all over and especially along the edges to ensure good contact!
Now it's time to sand the edges off!
This is what gives the shoes a painted on look!
You can pick up inexpensive files at your local hardware store for just a couple of bucks
and they are a must for these curly shoes!
You can also use a nail file to get in those tiny spaces.
We cut our lettering out with our Cricut
but you can write it on with a paint pen easily too!
We used Mod Podge to adhere the lettering to the board.
Now here's the fun part!
Tie on any and all embellishments to your heart's desire!
You seriously can't go wrong with these!
We even drilled some holes to lace up which was easy and fun.
Need some buckles?
We cut ours out of scrap cardboard and then glittered them
That stuff is gorgeous!
We even added some to the spider for pop.

Then just wood glue your shoes into place and
you've got a fabulous Witch Shoe centerpiece anyone would envy,
cuz ya know.....It's All About The Shoes!
Make sure to check out all the other great Halloween ideas
for the Monster Craft Bash!
They are to die for!
 hee hee....Sorry, I couldn't resist!!

2 comments:

T's Daily Treasures said...

These are so great! You girls are always having so much fun over here. Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

Cary M. said...

They are awesome!!!
Have a great weekend.
Cary

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