Oct 3, 2010

Halloween Yard Decor …. Part 1

We officially started decorating today. Today’s decor was inspired by Martha Stewart. A few years back she featured this witch on the cover of her magazine. She has tutorial on her webpage, which you can find here.


I am going to give a tutorial of what we did.

Our Supplies:

  1. 2 sheets of 4’ by 8’ OSB or Plywood (1/2” thick or more)
  2. New Jig Saw Blades (need sharp blades for precise cuts)
  3. Repositionable Spray Adhesive
  4. Conduits (Piping), Conduit Straps, and Screws
  5. Black Paint
  6. 60 Sheets of Printer Paper & Ink
  7. Lantern & Tea Cup Hook
  8. Broom (we are making a broom tomorrow)

First Print out the templates from Martha Stewart’s tutorial.


Line up the template on the sheet of wood. It is easier to line it up from the bottom first. Spray some of the repositionable adhesive on the board and place the the template on the board. Their are circles on each sheet to help you line it up.

Yard Witch  (13)

Yard Witch  (2)

Their will be some gaps in the lines doing it this way but it’s so much faster than cutting it out and taping it. Just touch up the lines before cutting.

Yard Witch  (10)

Clamp board to the table and start cutting.

Yard Witch  (14)

Yard Witch  (21)

Yard Witch  (26)

Peel off the paper, while posing for pictures.

Yard Witch  (31)

The Happy Couple.

Yard Witch  (34)

Now pose her all over your driveway for fun.

Yard Witch  (35)

Paint both sides black. (ignore the big pothole in my driveway)

Yard Witch  (36)

Repeat this process with the cats.

Yard Witch  (39)

Paint everything and wait about 1 hour for it to dry.

Yard Witch  (42)

Once dry attach the conduit bars to the back of each figure with the conduit straps and screws. Place in the yard and push the extended portion of the bar into the ground.

Yard Witch  (47)

Attach a teacup hook to the left arm and hang a lantern.

Yard Witch  (55)

Place a spotlight behind the display and adjust at dusk for an eerie look.

Yard Witch  (60)

I love it. Tomorrow I will post how to make a broom and attach it to the witches other arm.

I am adding a few bad Halloween jokes to each post until Halloween...

Did you hear about the cannibal who was expelled from school? He was buttering up his teacher.

Have you seen Quasimodo? I have a hunch he's back!

How do you fix a jack-o-lantern? With a pumpkin patch.


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Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, I simply love these!! What fund yard decor :)


LisasCreativeHome said...

Beautiful job! I have this issue of MS Living. I was just loking at it over the weekend for inspiration. She has some wonderful ideas!

Dolly said...

Fantastic project-love it!!!!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I love your witch and cats. It looks great all lit up.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Lisa said...

EXCELLENT job!! You have the perfect front yard for it too!

Christina said...

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Jeni said...

That is so clever!! Love it!!!

greatdecoratingideas.com said...

you are so creative! I bet your neighbors are jealous of your adorable Halloween yard decorations!

Sommer said...

You are my hero! I saw this on the website recently but haven't found the will power to do all the cutting lol. You just might have inspired me, and you deffinitely gained a follower =)

Katie said...

AHHH! LOVE THIS! I'm so jealous. I wanted my husband to make a very similar silhouette this year and he already has too many other halloween wood working projects he's working on, so I'll have to put it on the list for next year! He did a great job!

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