Celebrate Halloween with a fun little “witch craft” and conjure
a floating witch using an umbrella from the dollar store.
Happy Thursday! I’m revisiting a fun little “witch craft” today.
Black Hat Society Members and followers might remember this
DIY Floating Witch from a few years ago.
This is a fun project that will have you cackling with glee and is easy
to conjure using an umbrella from the dollar store!
‘Brella, as I like to call her, <|;>) got a petticoat refresh,
along with a lacy overlay ‘skirt’ with some feather boa trim.
The original DIY details are below, along with new photos and her frilly skirt update.
Additionally, you’ll find 15 more creative crafts from my
blogging friends with their links at the bottom of this post.
This fun DIY starts with a pair of witch legs and an umbrella.
I picked up an umbrella at Dollar Tree. Open the umbrella and break off the handle below the spring that keeps it open. This was easy to do with a dollar store umbrella, just bending the handle back and forth until it snapped off. If you’re using an umbrella you already have or one that’s more substantial, you might need a pair of pliers or snips to cut off the handle.
Fire up your broom and fly to craft store. You’ll need a pair of witch legs, I got mine at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $8.00.
Note: Hobby Lobby doesn’t have any Halloween merchandise this year so check Michaels, Target or Walmart.
I had black chenille stems and a roll of black mesh in my supplies left over from my Witch is In Wreath. I found some 6-inch wide glittery tulle in 25 yard rolls in orange and black to match the legs at Hobby Lobby. I used two rolls of black and one of orange.
To conceal the sticks in the witch legs, I used the black mesh, bunching it up and threading the stick with the mesh.
Next I wove the black mesh under the umbrella stretchers to give her “skirt” some volume.
Cut your tulle in lengths long enough to hang down to create a skirt and loop them or to tie onto the umbrella stretchers. You’ll want to play around with your tulle and cut it to your desired lengths, depending on the length of your witch legs. I like when the lengths of tulle vary and they’re not all the same.
Every good witch needs some bling, so I added some glittery spiders that I had and I picked up a couple of rolls of sparkly tulle with sequins that I found at Michaels for 70% off.
Once I had the upper part of the witch legs covered in mesh, I tied them off with black chenille stems, then tied them together. I had to use a little hot glue to keep the chenille stems in place and from slipping on the sticks of the legs.
I used a couple of chenille stems twisted around the remaining part of the umbrella stem and used them to secure the witch legs to suspend them from the umbrella.
Here’s a view from underneath with her “bloomers” showing! Make your witch petticoat as full as you want, varying the lengths of your tulle, no need to be perfect.
To hang the umbrella witch, I slipped a chenille stem under the ‘button’ on the top of the umbrella, twisting it around to make a secure loop.
To refresh Brella’s petticoat, I picked up a couple of rolls of glttery tulle ribbon,
tying them to the umbrella stretchers.
I found the silver confetti glitter ribbon at Hobby Lobby this year in the fabric area and
orange glitter tulle ribbon came from JOANN fabric and craft store a couple of weeks ago.
‘Brella said she doesn’t mind her bloomers showing when she’s flying
but is protesting that this position is most undignified!
To add a ‘skirt’ to the umbrella, I used two lacy spider web table runners
I purchased on clearance last year at Hobby Lobby for 60% off.
I untied the chenille stem that was wrapped around the umbrella button,
and threaded the two ends through the open stitches in the runners.
I crisscrossed the two runners, placing them in an x pattern to
cover of the top which left a little of the umbrella fabric exposed.
Rather than cutting the ends, I decided to tuck them up under the umbrella stretchers
so they’re still usable as runners, should I want to remove them.
‘Brella is a girly witch so when I asked her if she’d like some
feather boa trim on her skirt, she cackled with glee! <|;>)
The feather boas came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago but I’ve seen them at Michaels,
Party City and even Dollar Tree in years past.
To test how the feather boas would look, I clipped them on the edge of the umbrella
using binder clips. I decided I could hide the clips in the feathers and I
would have the option to reuse the boas if I chose to later.
Use a glue gun if you prefer to attach the feather boas or trim of your choice permanently.
‘Brella is enjoying our beautiful fall weather, floating among
the tree branches, in anticipation of her midnight ride on Halloween.
Hang your floating witch from the ceiling for a Halloween greeting,
over a table for a witch’s tea party, or suspend her from a chandelier!
Fly over HERE to see her at the table. . .
If you can’t find any witch legs, you can make your own with stockings or tights,
stuffing them with polyfill and adding a pair of thrift store shoes.
Make a trio of witches to suspend from the ceiling and let your cauldron bubble with fun! <|:>)
There’s still time to enter my ‘Home is Where the Broom Is’
7th Annual Halloween Giveaway.
Fly over, HERE, to join The Black Hat Society and
throw your name into the cauldron for the giveaway!
Mary, Brella is over the top adorable! I love the addition of the feather boa and lacy spiderweb runners. Your photography of her floating in the tree is fantastic. Thanks for the Halloween fun this morning!
Mary, As you know, I’m a proud card carrying member of The Black Society so Brella’s update had me cackling with glee. I love your creativity and your Halloween posts have always been a favorite of mine. Happy Thursday! Teresa
Too cute! I MUST make a “Brella” for myself and my sister who is crazy about Halloween! Thank you for the excellent tutorial. Wish me luck finding my supplies.
Brella is beyond amazing. I just realized I could do this in the cottage and hang her from my chandelier. You are always so creative and amaze me with your ideas. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial! Have a wonderful day, Mary 🧡
BRELLA has always been my favorite of your DYI Halloween decor…as a BLACK HAT SOCIETY member, I will add to my Brella! You are correct about HL having no Halloween…I visited the store several times looking for Halloween Decor…NADA!! Went to Michael’s and yes they have lots but have been really slow getting it out…Home Goods had some but not like usual…I have noticed many stores are sparse on Halloween decor….let me say this too…if you see something in any of these stores that you THINK you might use, better buy it…items, especially in craft stores just fly off the shelves…the same for any artificial flowers…went back the next week to add to my Fall stash, what I bought the week before was already gone…
Brella is is a beauty. Her 2020 refresh is fabulous. You inspired me & my sisters when she first debuted…..we used dollar tree tights and antique cotton slips to display in our booth. We also had old pairs of lace up women’s shoes and boots to make it more authentic. :)
Oh how fun Rita! I bet she was a scream for your customers. I would love to see a photo if you took one. I bet you could sell them in your space if you were so inclined too. :)
Mary, I find Bella absolutely bewitching and bee-ut-a-full! Actually, the original umbrella witch suspended over the table is still one of my favorite Halloween Tablescapes of all time. My low ceilings couldn’t accommodate the umbrella, but did inspire my Zelda the witch running into the decorated chandelier a couple of years ago. Now I’m thinking my son’s new place with soaring ceilings and floating staircase would be a great place for a Bella. And, I have a black spider fireplace mantle sort of runner I never use to decorate the top of the umbrella.
A good project to conjure up while I’m hopping on one foot lol!
I have always wanted to make one of these, Brella is really rocking her makeover! I haven’t been shopping at all, and was shocked to learn Hobby Lobby has no Halloween this year! I love Brella hanging outside in a tree anticipating her Halloween ride! Great tutorial Mary, I bet there will be a lot of Brella wannabes flying around this year!!
Oh my – this is wonderful and so full of humour! I’m pinning Brella as soon as I finish this comment – lol!
Mary, what a clever umbrella repurpose–such a cute idea and fun tutorial! It is a pleasure to be joining you again for this hop. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Fun to watch you play during one of your favorite times of the year!
Mary, I love your sense of fun! Brella is a fashionista with her new feather trim and lace skirt! Your love of Halloween is contagious, I want my own floating witch now! 🎃
Brella is ready for her midnight soirée! Loving her new look!
Brella is ready for the black hat society ball. Her refresh is snazzy. Love the instructions. The spider web runners add a wonderful layer to Brella’s skirt. Love the way you make it possible to reuse items. I do that with all wreaths when possible. Enjoy this wonderful fall weather. Clara 🍁♥️
Mary, You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Thanks for sharing this cute idea!
Oh Mary this is so cute. I love this. So creative. Love it!
There’s something about a witch that gets everyone talking! And Brella is at the top of the conversations! How sweet and adorable is she! And I love her makeover!
Mary, we are always in for a treat when visiting your blog. Your diys are so fun and inspiring. Brella put a smile on my face. Pinning!
I made this several years ago after you first posted it and had such fun with the design! She flew over our dining room table for all to see! Thanks for the fun and creative ideas!!
How adorable! You are so creative!
Brella is the cutest witch I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to try to conjure one, thank you for the terrific directions!
How fun is that! Halloween is my favorite and I just love this. Wonderful crafting with you and thanks for sharing!
Awww Mary, Brella is absolutely adorable!! The lacy runners really add to her beautiful costume. You give the best ideas and tutorials.
Now all the other witches are gonna want some fancy feather boa trim! Too darn cute!!!
Adorable and I am impressed with your resourcefulness. Brella would be the hit at any party.
Ha, ha, the mesh bloomers crack me up Mary:@)
Mary, OH MY GOODNESS! This is the cutest way I have ever seen any of those witch legs used! I don’t remember seeing this before, but it is SO darn cute with all of the ruffles and the feather boas! Fantastic project! As always, you inspire me!
I made 3 of these for a tablescape for charity. The new improved version is making me wanna get her legs back in action! I got rid of the rest, hard to store. She will fly again!!!
Oh my hat!! This is such an AWESOME Halloween decor idea!! I can see a few of them hanging from the front porch! Such a great idea!
I love your umbrella witch. What a clever and unique idea. It’s so cool I would be afraid to put it outside! Thanks for being in the hop.
What an amazing craft, Mary! Brella is so fabulous! My daughter would go crazy for her…I may just have to make one to decorate her room. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It’s always a pleasure to hop with you :)
Mary, this witch may be the cutest, most creative ever. You are the Halloween queen. I am so impressed with your ingenuity and inspiration.