Just taking a breather from cleaning up all the rain to show you my newest pride and joy - a circus-themed Halloween Costume Contest!
This entire project has actually taken me a year to complete. I started it last Halloween, ran out of time...or steam...I forget which....and decided it was time to finish it.
Originally, this wagon is from Boyds Bears and was just stained wood. I took some black, orange, white, and purple paint to it for a more festive Halloween look. The Halloween sign is on both sides of the wagon and is encircled in vintage silver garland. I wrapped dark purple garland around the top and added retro orange flowers for a pop of color.
Love this tiger! He's solid rubber and doesn't look too happy with his costume! Isn't the little boy in the top hat cute?
Nothing beats old-fashioned paper dolls! I had bought a reproduction booklet of these "dancers" a few months ago, knowing I'd use them for something. Since they all had costumes, it was perfect for this project.
But, what's a circus without a clown?
And what's a Halloween costume party without a witch?
Or a jack o'lantern?
The jack o'lantern's face is sculpted from paperclay and a real twig is used as his stem. His body is made from wire and wool that was needledfelted and sculpted into his body. His black gown is pure wool and he's shaking his chains to try and appear spooky. But, he's not fooling anyone. He's too cute to be spooky!
His motley crew.
OK. I had WAY too much fun making this clown - and I hate clowns!! His face is hand-sculpted and painted. He wears a vintage plastic top hat cupcake topper with a purple flower. Like the JOL and witch, he was also created using the wire and needlefelting method.
Reminds me of my group of friends.
Toil and Trouble!
Our green witch wears a rust-colored babushka to cover her head, a black cape and dress. Like her friends, her face was hand-sculpted and painted.
Something wicked this way comes.