I am beginning to realize where all my time went this year. I had forgotten just how many new projects went towards this year’s Haunted Trail until I put all the images together in order to make these tutorial posts. Another thing is perfectly clear, I need to take more pictures during the build phase. I tend to get wrapped up in the project and forget to snap pictures at key progress points. This is one of those times. I’ll have to talk you through some of the interesting design choices – will make it a point to do better for next year’s efforts. Living in the now, welcome to another Halloween 2017 project. This one was more of a challenge than a new concept. I saw a decoration for sale in one of the high end boutique Halloween catalogs. You know, the ones that have a few unique items if you are willing to mortgage your house. In this year’s catalog, there was a ring of 6 witches, with light up globe heads. The cost for that decoration – ~$190. Of course this was deviously disguised since they showed the ring of 6, but sold them in a set of 3 so it looked half the price. Oddly enough, Oriental Trading Company came out with a similar idea in the $160 range (now on sale for ~$120) again, implying more but sold in 3s.
It was a pretty cool decoration, but paying that much for cheaply made props just seems like a complete waste. The other aspect of this was being fairly tame on the scare side so it could go on the early part of the Haunted Trail. That side hasn’t been getting much love the last couple of years and wanted to give the younger guests something new.
First task, design a pattern that would limit the amount of wood I needed to buy. Assuming a 4×8 sheet of underlayment (same wood used for the Zombie Silhouette project link here). With those dimensions, I could get three patterns out of each side as long as I kept the bases in the 2 foot range with a foot for the head width (2 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 2 on other side). With those constraints, came up with this pattern.
Hit the jump to see how this witch project turned out!