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Voodoo Witch Costume

Source: Martha Stewart


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

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

  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. 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. 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. 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.

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