Monday, October 22, 2012

There's a Witch in our Fireplace !

You've probably all seen the witch legs in the fireplace that originally came from BH&G. I featured it in my Halloween Pinterest Picks post and I knew that I was going to copy it for our house.

What do you think? I LOVE it and think that it is adorable, plus it was incredibly easy to make!

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Check out the little witchy frog that she brought along with her when she was trying to sneak into our house!
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The boots came from our local thrift shop (for $3) and started out like this ~




It's hard to tell from the picture but they were a dark bronze/brown color.  Leigh cut the shafts off, leaving jagged edges and we spray painted them black.

Here is a complete list of the items you need to put together your own Fireplace Witch Legs - 

1.  Boots or shoes (paint if needed)
2.  $ Store Pool Noodle -cut in half
3.  Striped Panty Hose (ours came from Wal-mart in the Halloween section) Cut the legs off the panty part.
4.  Wire
5.  Skirt - black and orange tulle or a strip of fabric, and 2 lengths of ribbon
6.  Hot glue gun

The first step is to determine how long you will need to make your pool noodles.  I was lucky that in the front of our flue, where the screen is, there are ventilation holes that I was able to use to hang the legs from.

Just a word of advice - leave the pool noodles too long and take off some to make them fit later.  I actually cut one too short and taped it back together with packing tape - so don't worry - you can make it work.

Then cut a piece of strong wire (I don't know what gauge this is since we've had this roll forever!) about 2 1/2 times as long as your pool noodle. Fold wire in half and insert down into the hole in the pool noodle leaving about 3 or 4 inches coming out of each end.



Cut the loop in half and press each end down against the side of the pool noodle.


Cut another small piece of wire and twist it over the two pieces you had inserted in the middle of the noodle.

Then twist each end up.  This is the end that you will insert down into the boot.  Thread one leg of the hose over this end and then twist tie the stocking around the wire coming out of the top of the leg.


I was lucky because the once the Leg was dressed it fit snugly into the boot, plus the wire gave me the ability to actually bend the pool noodle slightly to insure an even better fit.

To make the skirt you will need 6" wide orange and black tulle and 2 lengths of ribbon.  The ribbon won't show, so it doesn't really matter what color you use.  I started with the orange tulle and gathered it by hand and glued it on to the ribbon at the same time.  Then I did the same with the black, letting it hang down a little longer and glue another ribbon on top of the black tulle.  I used straight pins to attach it to the pool noodles after I had them hung in the right position.

That's all there is to it! 

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Of all our Halloween decorations that we have made, this is by far my favorite!  Oh, yes and I have to give credit for the skirt to my BFF Marty! I was trying to come up with some way to dress up the boots - using ribbon or something, and she asked if I had any purple satin? She said that the witch needed a skirt! I didn't have satin, but did have the orange and black tulle that worked perfectly.  

The skirt was just the finishing touch that she needed ~~ Thanks to Marty!

Happy Halloween!

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53 comments:

  1. This is just awesome! SO cute:)

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    1. Thanks Lena - it makes me smile every time I look at it!

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  2. So totally fabulous! Pool noodles for legs....genius! I love it all right down to the cute frog!

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    1. The frog was the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for dropping in!

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  3. I LOVE this. I've seen the mannequin legs upside down in the planter but this is way cuter! I posted chalk board table and chic americana to knick of time party:) Following you now. Follow me to at www.sewsweetvintage.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm following you now too!

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  4. Hysterical! I bet your guests get a kick out of your visiting witch.

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    1. I hope so Vickie! We are really looking forward to our party. Happy Halloween!

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  5. OMG this is GREAT! Thanks for coming to party with us at Whimsy Wednesday! I have to pin this:)

    Kelly,
    Smart! School {House}
    www.smartschoolhouse.com

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Appreciate the pin! I'm your newest follower!

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  6. This is sooooo hilarious! I had never seen it before (sorry I missed your earlier post) If I have time, I might have to create my own fire-place witch....
    LOL!!!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

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    1. Hope you have time, 'cause it is the finishing touch to my fireplace and just makes me smile every time I look at it! Happy Halloween!

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  7. Oh my goodness gracious! This is such a fun idea! I had not seen this before. Too cute!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Kathie and thanks for the kind words! Happy Halloween!

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  8. OMG! This is so cool and so awesome! I love it! I'd love for you to share these witch legs and any other crafts at my linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!

    T'onna
    http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/10/submarine-sunday-3-features.html

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  9. I had that same picture pinned on my pinterest board and made one last year. How did you hang yours in the fireplace? I do something shifty and could use a better idea. I love how you used real boots, mines weird looking, You can see it here- http://shelstringblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/stuck.html
    Yours if adorable!

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    1. Michelle - I used wire and inserted the wire into ventilation holes in the front where our built in screen is. I originally thought that I might have to open the flue and thread the wire over that. Thanks so much for the kind words! I just love Halloween - don't you?

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  10. This is great. I am going to have to remember this for when we have a Halloween party. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

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  11. LOVE it!!! LOL - too cute, I must say!

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  12. I love this. So glad I found you!!!! :) I might have to steal some of your ideas!!!!!!

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    1. Steal away Danielle! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in my book. So glad you dropped in!

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  13. Adorable - you did a great job! Hmm, maybe in December we could see Santa??

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    1. You read my mind! I've got to hit the thrift store again to find a pair of men's boots. Thanks so much for visiting us!

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  14. Okay that is very cool, another reason my next house needs a fireplace. Love It

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  15. Just perfect! I love the noodle idea. Happy Haunting.

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  16. Oh this is a truly great idea!!! I'm pinning it for now but I will be making it for the grandkids for next year:D
    And if you have time, check out my Eyeball Flower Wreath at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4310643357733.2161891.1036342162&type=3

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  17. this is so incredibly cute! I LOVE it!

    new follow!

    <3 Bethany @ thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com

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  18. Too cute!!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  19. OH my goodness, this is fantastic!! SO clever and fun! LOVE it : ) Saw you on One Artsy Mama linky and came to say hello : ) I'm pinning this!

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  20. I am sooo making one of these to hang in my tree! Thanks for sharing. Joining from Shine on Fridays - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

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  21. I knew I should have kept those old boots! But that is what they made Goodwill for. Ha ha. I've pinned this one! http://subjectschosenatrandom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Di! I love thrift stores - such a great place to get these kind of craft supplies! Happy Halloween!

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  22. What a fun Halloween project! I'm not sure what my husband would say if there was suddenly a witch coming down the chimney. So creative! I wanted to invite you to share your project on my blog's link party this week. I know my readers would love to see such great Halloween inspiration. Hope you'll join us!
    http://confettidiaries.com/2012/10/wednesdays-goody-bag-link-party-7/

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    1. Thanks Natalie! We'll be sure to link up this week!

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  23. This is very cool! I wish I had a fireplace!

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  24. That is awesome! We have an insert, I so wish I could do that. My kids would go crazy! Thanks for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  25. Very clever! I love this idea!!

    Thank you so much for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up this week! Have a nice weekend!! xo, Meredith @ http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  26. This is fantastic I love it and am so pinning to do for next year! Thanks for linking up at Miss Information!

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  27. What a great idea, I'll have to remember this for next year!! Thanks for sharing.

    Shirley

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  28. I LOVE THIS!!!!! It's so adorable, I'm pinning this for next year. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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    1. Hi Ladies,
      I featured your witch at this week's link party.
      http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/11/our-favorite-things-link-party-21.html
      Have a great week.

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  29. This is so cute! I wish I had a fireplace to do this with. I'm going to be featuring this tonight at my link party! Thanks for linking up.

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Kathryn! Happy Halloween!

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  30. Too cute! I'm a lazy decorator but I enjoy everyone else's decorations. LOL

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  31. that is genius! I am stopping by from the Mix It Up Monday Linky, would love to have you stop by http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/

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  32. So creative!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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  33. This is a real crack up! Thanks for the laugh. You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create!
    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  34. You have truly outdone yourself this time!! I love this!!!! So creative and fun. It's cracking me up. :) Thanks so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I love seeing your great, creative projects.

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  35. How creative and fun! And festive! I love everything about this. Thanks so much for linking up to our Pinteresting Link Party!

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  36. Hey! I'm stopping by to let you know that I'm featuring your lovely Witch in the Fireplace @ Submarine Sunday #5. Come on over and grab a feature button!

    T'onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

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