I think this witch cast a spell on me as I have be sooooooo slow getting this project done, but spell or no, here it is, THE WITCH’S KITCHEN….hopefully in time to add to your Halloween fun. Yes, I know, the witch is a bit scary but I decided I wanted to use a skeleton & it is a bit hard to make them “cute”. One reason I chose a skeleton was because they are so easy to come by that everyone that wanted to could create their own & secondly as a challenge. But you certainly may choose a sweeter version for your little kitchen. If Halloween, witches, and all are not your thing, I have added a couple of pictures at the end of this posting that may inspire you to make some sweeter magic. At the very least, you should find some bits and pieces herein to add to your miniature DIY collection.
This vignette sits on a base of a 5” x 7” picture frame. All was removed from the frame and then it was painted black. The back of the frame faces up. Next it was sanded here and there for an aged look. A full-sized vinyl tile (an inexpensive, home improvement store purchase…lots of interesting patterns to choose from) was cut to fit in the frame opening with a craft knife. It was sanded a bit to get rid of the sheen and then glued in place. You could also choose to have a stone floor such as the type found in my June 2011 blog project, The Potting Bench.
You will need: I/16” thick matboard or bookboard or basswood, acid free + tacky glue, Crafter’s Pick used here http://www.amazon.com/Crafters-Pick-60134-Ultimate
Instructions: As you work, take your own measurements before you cut your material as slight differences in the thickness of the materials you use and your cuts may alter them slightly.
You may choose to use 1/16” thick matboard, bookboard or basswood or a combination of the three to construct your cabinet.
Glue the back edges of the side pieces to the face of the back, all edges flush.
Cut 3 top shelves 3-7/8” x ¾” (Check the space between your sides to make sure this size will fit your cabinet and make any necessary adjustments to measurements). Glue one shelf (which is actually the sub-top) to the face of the back piece and the side pieces, top edges flush. Glue the other two shelves to the back and side pieces, placed as desired to accommodate what you want to display on them. You may even decide to eliminate one for higher storage space. As seen are they spaced 1” apart.
Cut a counter top per pattern. Glue into cabinet 3-1/8” down from the inside of the top piece and so the extensions on the sides of the piece rest on the front extensions of the cabinet.
Cut two bottom shelves for the bottom section of the cabinet. Glue them in place in the cabinet, one ½” up from the cabinet bottom and the other place as desired, You may also choose to omit this last shelf, depending on what is to be stored.
Cut a bottom kick plate 4” x ½” x1/16”. Glue it to the face of the cabinet across the bottom.
Cut a 4” x 3/16” x 1/16” kick plate trim and glue over kick plate, top edges even.
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Set to print at actual/exact size or 7.73"w x 10.66"h
Cut two bottom side trim pieces 2-1/4” x 3/16” x 1/16”. Glue to front sides of cabinet from under the counter top to the kick plate.
Cut an under counter top trim piece 3-5/8” x 3/16” x 1/16”. Glue it under the counter top and to the bottom side trim pieces.
Cut an under top trim piece 4” x 3/16” x 1/16”. Glue it across the face of top of the cabinet, top edges flush.
Cut two, top side trim pieces, 3” x 3/16” x 1/16”. Glue these to the face of the sides of the cabinet, side edges flush with sides of cabinet.
Cut a piece of matboard 4-1/8” x 1” x 1/16” and another piece 4-3/8” x 1-1/8” x 1/16”. Glue these two pieces sandwiched together, back edges flush & and a 1/16” over hang on each end. Glue this cabinet top to the top of the cabinet, back edges flush, and centered, side to side.
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Set to print at exact/actual size or 7.93"w x 9.38"w
WITCH’S WORK TABLE
Each leg is made up of assorted wooden beads including plastic skull beads (approx. 3/8” or 9-10mm… check your local or online craft and jewelry supply sources.
Each leg should be approx. 2-3/8” to 2-1/3” high. The top and bottom beads should have flat sides so the stretcher bars can be glued to them. As seen each leg had two skull beads.
The beads are “strung” on thin (approx. 1/16” thick bamboo skewers with tacky glue…look in kitchen & import stores for these thin skewers (why bamboo?...because they are pliable and will not break easily). Make six legs.
Paint the leg assemblies as desired. As seen they are painted with an avocado green acrylic craft paint. When the paint had dried, antique them with a dark brown water based gel stain, wiping it back off until the look you want is achieved. Lightly sand off some of the paint and stain for a slightly distressed look. Make sure the skulls show up by adding a bit of white to the teeth and black to the eyes, etc.
Cut a table top 4 ½” x 2 ¼”, from either 1/16 to 3/32” sheet wood, bookboard, or matboard. Sand edges smooth. Paint with a raw sienna color acrylic (make sure to paint both sides at the same time to prevent any warping). When paint has set, use a fairly wide, flat bristled brush to apply dark brown water-based gel stain from end to end to create a wood –grain look. Set aside to dry.
For the table apron pieces you will need, 11” to 12” of ¼” x 1/8” stripwood. For the stretchers you will need about 12” of 3/16” square stripwood. Paint & antique these wood strips to match the table legs.
Turn the table-top upside down. Measure and mark a line 1/8” in from the edges all the way around. Glue a leg, upside down, to each corner of the table, just inside the marked lines. Glue a leg centered between each of the legs on the long sides. Let glue set.
Measure and cut apron pieces to fit between tops of legs (do each one separately for accuracy). Cut stretchers the exact length of each apron piece. Touch up the ends with paint. Apply glue to a narrow edge and ends of an apron piece and apply it to the underside of the table top, with the ends centered on the top beads of the legs. Glue the ends of the matching stretcher piece between and to the bottom beads, centered on the bead, or sitting up approx. 1/16” from bottom of bead. Repeat so there is an apron and stretcher between each leg. Cut & glue in place another stretcher to fit across the center table legs on the bottom bead section.…this should be the same length as the end stretcher pieces.
The first thing I did was create the witch’s shoes so they would be ready when she was dressed. To create the shoes I used plastic, fashion doll (Barbie?) boots as molds. These type of boots can be found packaged with other shoes in toy departments of just about any store….they are quite inexpensive.
Cut the front and bottom of the boots open on the seam line. Hold it closed with a rubber band, or what-have-you. Mix up a bit of Plaster of Paris, carefully following package directions. Drop/pour it into the boot mold, making sure it goes into the heel part...tapping it sharply should do the job. When it is full tap it some more to get rid of air bubbles that can occur. Let the mold sit for several hours overnight. Carefully open the mold, watching to see that the narrow heel does not break. Let the boots dry thoroughly before carving…you can usually tell when the plaster is dry by the touch…when still damp it will feel cold. Drying can be hastened by placing the pieces in a warm environment or with the use of a heat gun. I would suggest making extras in case of breakage.
To carve the shape, first cut off the top of the boot. Then use files, knives, Dremel Moto Tool, sandpaper, or what-have-you or what you are comfortable with to get the shape. Paint your shoes with black acrylic. I used Folk Art’s Metallic Sequin Black by Plaid because it resembles patent leather. Cut or twist off the feet of the skeleton and make a hole in the shoes deep enough to take the end of the bone. When all else is done on the witch, glue the shoes on with tacky glue..
I used these photos as an inspiration
I took a very easy approach to dressing my witch, no sewing involved. You may sew yours, but I love glue. To do approximately what I did, start with a piece of black, lightweight cotton fabric. Paint both sides of it with black acrylic craft paint and hang to dry…or hurry the process with a heat gun.
Twist the arms off of the skelly. Using Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue wrap a 5” length of wire (of a gauge that is strong enough to not bend easily but is still flexible…yes I know I should give you a gauge, but……..) around the arm, starting at the wrist and letting the excess wire extend off the top. Cut arm pieces from prepared fabric. Fold in half and glue together with a small seam. Cut end of sleeve onto ragged points. Paint the wired arm with glue and insert it into the sleeve so the seam is to the inside, the bottom of the sleeve hits just below the wrist, with the wire extending out the top of the fabric. Let glue set for a bit and then hold the sleeved arm to the skeleton and wrap the extending wire around the neck/backbone until it is secure. Repeat for the other arm. The wire will allow you to position the arm as desired.
Cut a 5-1/2”w x 5” long piece of prepared fabric for the dress. Glue it into a long tube with a small seam. Turn back a hem on the top of the tube…the hemmed end will be the top of the dress. Cut arm sections out of each side at the top (making it look somewhat like a jumper). Paint glue on the top half of the inside of the tube and slip it on the skeleton from the bottom up. Fit dress to body, arm cut-outs around sleeves, and draping and shaping using more glue as needed. There is no particular way to do this, just play with the fabric until you are pleased with the dress. When you have finished the dress should be just above the feet so the shoes will show so trim if necessary. Cut the bottom of the dress into ragged points. Add black sequin stars down the front for buttons if desired.
A cape may be added…I “cheated” and used one taken from an action figure. But making a cape with the prepared fabric should be fairly easy. Measure and cut, pleat the neck edge a bit and drape on the back of the dress with glue, letting the bottom flow out a bit. Add a black silk ribbon tie around the neck.
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Set to print at 5.79"w x 7.07"h
For the hat cut a brim and crown from black cardstock. Lay the crown on a giving surface and roll over it with a round pencil or something similar, following the shape of the cut-out, causing it to roll up on itself. Glue the side over the tab. Cover the outside of the crown with a piece of unpainted black fabric. Cover both sides of brim with unpainted black fabric. Cover the outside edge of the brim with thin black cording, starting and stopping at center back. Glue the crown onto the brim over the cutout. Let glue set. You may wish to add some trim to the hat.
Before putting the hat on the witch, add her hair. I used snippets cut from grey faux fur but you may choose to use other materials, such as gray yarn, frayed out. It is not necessary to cover the top of the head with hair as the hat will cover it. Glue the hat in place and when the glue has set a bit, scrunch up both the brim and the crown, as desired.
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Set to print at actual/exact size or 6.02"w x 3.26"h
Add the shoes.