So adorable and so easy to make, this Witchy Woman Treat Box has been rambling around my brain for a couple of years, so I’m glad it finally was realized for this year’s “Macbeth Witches” Halloween theme.
Have you seen the stacked boxes for Christmas treats, printed to look like a snowman or Santa? Well, a few years ago I found this paper mache tall round box at a craft store (Joann, $4.99), and thought it would be perfect for the face on a stacked witch treat box set. I even had the round hat boxes on hand to make her body. But then I got stuck trying to figure out what kind of clothes she would be wearing, and how would I even make them? I couldn’t paint them all on (I’m so not an artist!), so would I use fabric, paper, what? I couldn’t find pre-printed witches costumes, and how could I make that on the computer? And the hat?! I thought of covering a foam cone with black fabric.
If a craft isn’t dead simple, I’m not likely to do it–end of story. I put away all the pieces and with them, the idea.
Until this year … I found a paper mache witch hat (Michaels, $2.99) and thought, hmmm, could this be the perfect proportion for that tall round hat box? Yes it was! And then I SIMPLIFIED the project and decided the face and hat would be a super cute, easy project with little or no drawing required.
- Tall round paper mache hat box (6” by 6”)
- Paper mache witch hat (10” diameter)
- Lime green acrylic craft paint
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Black permanent marker
- Black self-adhesive felt
- 2 wiggle eyes
- Red rick rack trim
- Hot glue gun
- Double-sided tape
- Black feather trim
- Rhinestone button
- Black and white scrapbook paper or gift wrap
1. Paint the hat all over with the black acrylic paint. Allow to dry and apply another coat of black paint. Because I knew I would cover the bottom of the hat with decorative paper, I only painted a 1 inch band around the underside of the brim. If you’re not using decorative paper, be sure to paint the bottom of the hat completely.
2. If desired, trim the hat with black feathers using hot glue and add a rhinestone button. You may substitute whatever trims you like, using whatever you have on hand or whatever catches your eye at the craft store. Try grosgrain ribbon and a buckle, or a ruffle and a moon-shaped pin.
3. If desired, cut a piece of decorative paper to fit the bottom of the hat and adhere with double-sided tape .
4. Paint the entire lid of the box, and the outside and bottom of the box with the green craft paint. I mixed Apple Green and Light Foliage Green, both by Delta Ceramcoat, for my box/face. Apply two coats, allowing the paint to dry in between coats.
5. If desired, cut decorative paper to line the underside of the box lid and the bottom inside of the box. Adhere with double-sided tape.
6. Decide where the center-front and center-back of your face will be and mark reference points lightly in pencil, making the mark across both the lid and the base so you can match them up later.
7. Using the center-front reference as a guide, create a face for your witch. (If you like, you can draw all the features on with black and red markers.) I used self-adhesive black felt for eyebrows. Simply draw a basic curve shape and cut it out; use the cut out, flipped over, to trace out the other eyebrow. Apply the eyebrows.
8. Apply wiggle eyes under the eyebrows using hot glue.
9. I debated how to create the nose, and noticed that some off cuts of the black felt were gently curved, so those became the nose. One long and one short piece did the trick.
10. Make a mouth with red rick rack.
11. Draw on hair in pencil first. Starting at the center back, draw a spiral for a bun. Then, turn the piece around and determine where the hairline will start on the front of the face, marking the starting point roughly equally spaced from the facial features. With the lid in place, begin drawing (in pencil) rows of sweeping lines from the top of the lid to the bottom of the box, curving until the lines meet the bun in the back. Repeat on the other side of the box. When you’re happy with your witch’s hairstyle, draw over the pencil lines with black marker. Erase any obvious pencil lines and the reference markings.
12. Draw in bangs on the forehead with black marker. I repeated the number “6” to make curls.
13. Hot glue the hat onto the head.
Your Witch Treat Box is now ready to be filled with treats!! I suggest crispy rice bats and ghosts, peanut butter eyeballs and ogre fingers. This makes a great gift for a teacher, neighbor, or grandparent.