Halloween Light Bulb Witch
Recycle a burned out lightbulb to make this Halloween witch craft.
Wouldn’t she look great added to a Halloween wreath, or used as part of a Halloween centerpiece?
By Jane Lake
You will need:
- burned out lightbulb
- craft paint – black and green
- dimensional glitter paint, or white craft paint, for hands
- permanent dark green, red or black marker for mouth
- small oval goggle eyes
- black felt for hat
- curly doll hair
- small piece of green chenille stem for nose
- optional: Halloween confetti, including a pumpkin and a bat
- tacky glue
- paint brushes
1. Begin by washing the lightbulb with dish soap and water; dry thoroughly. If desired, repeat the cleaning with rubbing alcohol. The entire light bulb should be very clean and grease-free to help the paint adhere.
2. Paint the entire lighbulb in apple green. Set aside to dry.
3. Cut a half circle of black felt large enough to form a cone-shaped hat that will sit easily over the metal threads of the lighbulb. You can leave the hat in a simple icecream cone shape, or fold up part of the brim at the front, tacking it in place with a small dot of glue. Set aside.
4. Examine our photo to help you paint on the witch’s black cape. Leave a long oval shape in apple green for the face. Below the face, paint the edges of the open cape, as shown, continuing the bottom of the cape in shallow scallops similar to the shape of a bat’s wing.
Tip: It might be helpful to pencil in the paint lines before finally painting the cape all around the bulb in black craft paint.
5. Cut a small piece of dark green chenille stem (about 1″ long) to use as the nose. Fold one third of the stem at right angles to the remainder. This is the section that you will glue in the middle of the face. Bend the remaining section into a lumpy nose. Glue the small section to the middle of the face, directly below the eyes.
6. Draw a mouth below the nose, using dark green, red or black marker.
7. Use dimensional glitter paint, white craft paint or permanent marker to make two “mitten” shaped hands that seem to emerge from the middle of the cape.
8. If you are using the Halloween confetti, glue a small plastic pumpkin between the witch’s hands, then glue a small black bat as the “fastener” of the cape.
If you don’t have suitable confetti, glue a tiny ribbon bow as the cape fastener. You could also paint a pumpkin, or cut a small pumpkin from construction paper, felt or craft fun foam to glue between the witch’s hands.
9. Spread tacky glue over the metal threads of the lightbulb and attach strands of curly doll’s hair.
10. Finally, spread a generous amount of tacky glue on the inside of the felt hat. Pull the hat down over the metal threads and the witch’s hair. Hold with your fingers until the glue “holds” then release.
Add your witch to a Halloween wreath, or use it as the central focus of a Halloween table centerpiece. She would look neat nestled in a pile of silk autumn leaves, as part of a Halloween door swag, or sitting on top of a miniature bale of hay!