Introduction: Cheap, Quick and Easy Wicked Witch Halloween Costume
Been caught short this Halloween?
No money to make a costume?
Well worry no more you shall go to the Halloween ball!
In this instructable i will show you how to make a cheap and easy wicked witch costume using materials you can easily acquire and the whole costume can be made in under an hour if you have the materials to hand (30 mins for the mask and about 20 for the cloak)
Steps 2 to 5 are a previous instructable on how to make a Wicked witch mask that i have condensed down and incorporated into this one. if you are already familiar with this and just want to skip forward to the Cloak head straight to step 6 after you have checked out what materials you need (step 1)
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Stapler and staples.
Cutting mat (or alternatively use the back of an old magazine)
2 x A4 sheets of green card.
1 x A4 sheet of black card (or paper)
double sided tape (for masks I prefer the spongier foam tape to give it a more 3D look but any tape will do)
String (or better yet elasticated cord)
4 x black bin bags (3 if your making it for a child)
Step 2: The Mask
all the shapes are fairly simple and can be drawn out by hand but i will also include a template image should you wish to print them straight onto the card instead.
Once you have your mask template on the card either via print out or drawing it on cut it out, cutting the 3 lines at the top and bottom (6 in total)
Next using your craft knife cut out the eyes, mouth and around the nose flap.
This next bit is a bit fiddly. over lap the edges at the cut at the top and staple them together, repeat this for all the cuts. NOTE: you may want to ensure that the staples go from the inside of the mask out as they will be less likely to snag on hair.
Step 3: Mask Features
Once you have the base of the mask assembled its time to cut out the features.
going from top to bottom we have:
Lip and brow
Once you have cut out the cheeks bend them slightly to make them curve (kinda like a pringle) Then put a sharp fold along the straight edge (one the template it has a dotted line) you want the fold to make the piece look vike an upside down Nike swoosh from the top.
Once both pieces have been curved and folded attach some double sided tape to the curved edge and the straight "tab".
line up the straight tab with the edge of the nose slot on the base mask and stick in place, then curve the rest of the cheek round and stick in place. repeat for other side.
Curve the card as with the cheeks and then fold the tabs at the ends. the tabs should fold under the curve (like a Capital D)
Now attache double sided tape to the tabs and attach them to the mask lining up the upper most tab just below the mouth and the lower tab on the lowest part of the chin.
To add the lip attach some double sided tape near to the staples that hold the jaw of the mask together.
Taking one of the long curved strips, making sure that it curves down (like an "n") attache one end to the mask and then curve the strip round and attach it to the other side. You may have a bit of over hang, just cut that off.
Take your nose section and fold it in half.
Then fold the tabs so they are inside the shape of the nose.
Attach double sided tape to the tabs and attach them onto the tabs of the cheek sections so that the nose flap can still move inside of it.
Take the curved strip that you have left and attach double sided tape to both ends.
making sure that the curve of the strip is like a U attach on end above the cheek section (around the temple area of the base mask) and curve it round to attach the opposite end to the other temple.
NOTE: make sure you leave enough space for you to see out of the eyes.
Step 4: Hair and Warts
Fold your black paper in half and from the fold cut out some eyebrows (don't be afraid to go as evil or as bushy as you want)
From a bit of the scrap you will be able to cut out a good old witchy wart.
Using double sided tape attach them to the appropriate places on your mask.
Now take the remainder of your black paper and cut it into strips to fashion into hair, you may want to use the springy paper chains as mentioned in my previous instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-springy-paper-chain/ or just crunch/fold/curve them to give a scraggly feel.
The hair can be attached with double sided tape or staples (just remember if using staples, from the inside of the mask out)
Step 5: Stringing It Up
take a good length of string. it should be long enough to go around your head with extra to tie knots into.
Cut it in half and tie a knot at one end of each.
Take your knotted end of the string and staple it in place to the inside of the mask making sure the knot is behind the staple (and that the staple goes from the inside of the mask out)
and thats your mask finished.
Now for the cloak.
Step 6: Cutting the Bags
Take your four black bags (3 if its for a child) and cut the sealed ends off to make them onto tube shapes
For quickness you may want to fold them up and cut them.
Step 7: The Sleeves
Take one bag and cut it diagonally from corner to corner.
After you have done this staple up the edges you have just cut leaving a gap at the narrow end big enough for your arm to fit through.
once you have done that you can put them to one side (sleeve them alone for a bit....sorry)
Step 8: The Body
If you are making this for a child you will want to skip this step and make it shorter.
Take two of the remaining bags and lay them open end to open end (it doesn't matter which end)
Taking the two edges flat against each other staple them together and continue all the way around.
Step 9: Attaching the Sleeves
Lay the body of the cloak flat out and position the sleeves at one end with the bottom edge of the arm hole aligned with the edge of the body.
Staple the bottom edge of the arm hole to the body
Step 10: The Hood
Now that you have your body and sleeves assembled take the remaining bad and staple it to the body much like you did in step 8 remembering to leave a gap where the arm holes are.
the over lap of the arm holes can be stapled to the top bag.
once you have attached the hood take one edge of the uppermost opening and bring it down to the seam that attaches the hood to the body, bunching it up as you go.
put a few staples in to hols it in place (you don't need to staple the whole edge, one or two will do)
Step 11: Turn It Inside Out
carefully turn the whole thing inside out to hide away the staples
Step 12: Make It Tatty
Take the bottommost bag and cut strips into it. If your doing this for the child size you will only want to go half way up the bag.
Step 13: Finished
Spookily enough in 13 steps.
The cloak can also be used for other costumes such as the scream villain or druid.
I hope you have enjoyed this as much as i did and Happy Halloween!