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Voodoo Witch Costume




Craft a bewitching costume for Halloween from simple household items.


  • Cheese grater
  • Cheesecloth
  • Large safety pins
  • Muslin or similar fabric
  • Sturdy fabric belt
  • Jute or other natural twine or rope
  • Plastic skeleton bones
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Raffia, seashells, and other found natural objects
  • Old necklaces and assorted jewelry
  • Pincushion
  • Straight pins
  • Spray bottles
  • Coffee
  • Black fabric dye
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Step 1

    Start by using a cheese grater to shred and distress a package of cheesecloth. Pull apart to produce a cobweb effect.

  2. Step 2

    To create the base of the skirt, use large safety pins to attach 5 yards of muslin (or similar fabric) to a sturdy fabric belt, draping and swagging as desired as you go.

  3. Step 3

    Add distressed cheesecloth to skirt, draping and pinning as desired. Save a piece of cheesecloth for scarf.

  4. Step 4

    To create neck scarf, use jute or other natural twine or rope to tie plastic bones to old necklaces and jewelry. With hot glue, further embellish with raffia, shells, and other natural found objects and attach to piece of cheesecloth saved in step 3.

  5. Step 5

    Create skirt embellishment in the same manner as the scarf -- with raffia, shells, and other found and natural objects. Secure to skirt with safety pins and hot glue.

  6. Step 6

    Finish skirt embellishment by covering a standard pincushion with a scrap of muslin and tying in place with a piece of jute twine. Insert straight pins into cushion.

  7. Step 7

    Fill three spray bottles with coffee, black liquid fabric dye, and gray acrylic paint diluted with water and spray skirt, scarf, and embellishments liberally to distress. Further distress by using paintbrushes to apply the same three liquids.



Reviews (8)

  • KanHirsch 29 Aug, 2014

    I would also like to see a picture of the full view, all around shots of the costume. I plan to make it, have started purchasing materials, but would love to see more of the costume. Thanks,

  • Cara Randall 23 Aug, 2013

    I have news for you: there are real life witches who practice witchcraft, too. Of course, not of the Hollyweird variety, but it's still called witchcraft. There are unsavory characterizations of us every year, everywhere, at Halloween. Only we don't care. It's fun, it's all meant to play and enjoy, and we get over it. There's nothing more insulting about the voodoo stereotype than there is about the one for witches and it's rife throughout the entertainment industry. Oh well. Move on. :)

  • TealTigress 3 Jun, 2013

    This looks pretty racist... Voodoo is a real religion that people follow. Dressing up as a stereotype of someone from another culture is disrespectful. There's lots of other costumes you could do instead. This one could easily be altered to a generic witch, for example.

  • sannerkate 31 Oct, 2011

    What an easy to make costume. And how scary it is with the makeup. I have no creative talent and yet I could make this. Fabulous! Photos circulated among friends who had no idea who it was. The instructions were easy, the make up was easy. Couldn't find dreadlocks so used a long black curly hair wig and a tophat. Truly my favorite costume ever!!

  • angiemath 15 Oct, 2011

    I am in the process of making this and it would really help to have a full length view, back and front . Please post, thanks, love all the Halloween shows !

  • fw_suzyq 14 Oct, 2011

    We have one of the only homes in our addition that goes all out with decorating our home for halloween. I have been dressing as a witch and zombie for years because I couldn't find the right costume for me.
    It is easy to do, it takes a little time to make but I do not believe you can mess it up because of the style.

    I can't wait to make.

  • fair_raven 14 Oct, 2011

    Would be nice to be able to see the full length of the costume

  • marthajunkie 13 Oct, 2011

    Do you have any photos That show the whole dress/costume?? Please post them as soon as you can!!