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How voodoo you do it?

Posted by Liv Heeney Oxfam Fashion blogger

16th Oct 2013


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I think it's fair to say that Halloween is becoming bigger, better and more popular each year, coinciding with costumes becoming wackier and more original. However, ready-made Halloween costumes can be very expensive, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't want to fork out for a costume which I will more than likely be getting just the one wear out of.  You may not know, but as well as being for sale on the Oxfam Online Shop, many of your local Oxfam shops will have an array of Halloween costumes on sale too.

As a volunteer at Oxfam Bold Street (Liverpool) I get to see first-hand Oxfam's build-up to Halloween each year.  Halloween is generally Oxfam's busiest time which is carefully anticipated throughout the rest of the year. As soon as the Halloween of the previous year is over, the Oxfam Bold Street get to work saving any fancy dress costumes we get donated and put them aside for next year's Halloween. It is also a great time to be a volunteer in the shop; we all dress up on the Saturday before Halloween, and I've had some hilarious moments helping people find last minute Halloween costumes, including a bloke who wanted to be a geisha girl!

This Halloween I am going to a voodoo themed ball at The Kazimier (tickets cost £6 if any readers from the Merseyside area are looking for something to do for Halloween). Where else but Oxfam would I be able to get the ingredients to create a Halloween costume fit for a voodoo priestess ?

You will need

  • A tribal style gown/ dress or the fabric to make one -  I purchased mine from Oxfam Bold Street
  • A packet of plastic skulls - I purchased mine for £2 from Sainsburys
  • A ball of string
  • A wooden modelling figure (optional)

As I already had my African style dress, all I needed to complete my voodoo look was a skull garland.

Step-by-step

Step one

Drill holes through the plastic skulls. I got a pack of 8 skulls but only drilled 7. Odd numbers work better as they allow one of the skulls to hang in the middle. 

Step two

Measure the string to your desired length to create a necklace. Leave a bit of extra string on the end as you will need to tie knots along the necklace. You can always trim it down a bit after.


Step three

Tie the first knot in the string (I used a triple knot otherwise the knots would be smaller than the drill holes and unable to secure the skulls into place). Then feed the first skull onto the string. I used a plastic needle to feed the string through the skulls. Tie a knot on the other side of the skull to secure. Tie another knot about a 3 inch gap away from the skull ready for the next skull. Repeat this process with however many skulls you wish to have on your necklace.

Step four

Knot together the end of the string and cut off any excess. Then ta-dah! You have your voodoo garland!



Blog post written by Liv Heeney

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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