For millennia, witches have been using poppets of various sorts as ways of applying sympathetic magick to people, for various reasons. These small, handmade dolls, used for all sorts of magickal purposes, are easy to create and cross all sorts of boundaries in magick, today. Because it is such a simple way of getting magick focused to target a specific person, it has only become more popular as time goes by.
For the most part, creating a poppet is a simple matter of choosing your medium, adding a few magickal items to the poppet, and then linking it to the person for whom you are creating the poppet.
Cloth Poppets: Choosing fabric is easy. All the witch has to do is cut out a shape to resemble the person for whom you are creating the poppet, stuff it with various materials to help focus intent, such as herbs, flowers, stones and personal items, like hair or fingernails, relating to the person and voila! You are ready to link it to the person and start casting. If you have a piece of clothing worn by the person repeatedly, it is a simple matter to use it for a poppet. If not, go to a fabric store and look for solid color remnants or even patterns that can assist with the magickal intent, hearts for love, night scenes for banishing nightmares, prints with cats or dogs for animal poppets, skulls for harming magick, etc. Each witch can best determine for himself/herself what color or pattern best suits their needs for each specific poppet they create.
Wooden Poppets: If a witch has a talent with carving, they may choose to carve a poppet that resembles the person they are casting for, if not, wooden artist manikins can be found for less than $10, in various online stores. Wrap it with a metal wire relating to the magickal purpose, string the wire with stones, or not, as pleases the witch. Dress the poppet with scraps from clothing the person has worn, draw a similar face and add a few strands of hair to the head, do a simple spell to link it to the person and you are ready to begin.
Wax Poppets: Get wax chips or a block of wax, then use a slow cooker to heat the wax until it becomes malleable. Be careful that you do not let the wax get too hot, or you can burn yourself. Also, please remember that beeswax gets a great deal hotter than paraffin style wax. Once the witch can begin handling the wax, add items from the person, such as fingernails and/or hair, and be certain to add several magickal items into the wax prior to shaping it as the person for whom you are casting the spell. Add herbs and stones for healing, or anoint it with spell oil for bringing them wealth, etc. If the witch chooses, he/she may even use wax of a specific color to aid with the magickal working. After linking the poppet to them, you can begin to cast actively for them.
Paper Mache Poppets: Recipes for Paper Mache are easy to come by online. Usually a few household ingredients can be combined to create all the Paper Mache you need. Using a few tiny balloons as a base will give the shape you need. Inflate them to the desired size, hook them together with a length of waxed dental floss (for easier removal, then, cover it with the Paper Mache and leave a spot uncovered to pop and remove the balloons once the poppet is dry. After removing the balloons, add leaves from trees, herbs, stones, written parchment spells, fingernails, hair, etc. and use a bit of tape to close the opening to keep the items inside. Color the Paper Mache to aid the magick, or use white and paint the resemblance onto the poppet. Link the poppet to the target person and you can begin to cast magick for them to break a bad habit, improve their confidence, or cast whatever spell work the witch desires.
Modeling Clay Poppets: A witch may choose a commercially created clay, or use the Internet to research one of the many recipes for clay available online, in order to create their poppet. Shaping the clay into the likeness of the target of the magickal working and then inserting small stones, pieces of metal, and herbs, as well as fingernails and hair from the target. Even adding fibers from clothing that the target of the spell has worn, or dressing it in scraps of clothing the person has worn. If the clay is one that dries when exposed to air, after dying thoroughly, the witch may choose to paint it to resemble the target. Then, link the poppet to the person and let the magick begin.
Other Natural Poppets: Corn Dollies, potatoes, Mandrake roots, etc. can be use as poppets, as well. Shape a corn dolly from the shucks of an ear and add personal and magickal items into the head area before tying it off and forming the limbs. Carve a potato into the shape of the person and insert fingernails stones, herbs, and other magickal items into the meat of the potato, or dress a Mandrake root in clothing belonging to the target, wrap it with metal wire pertaining to the magickal intent. Once the poppet is formed and the magickal items added, link the poppet to the person and cast your spells, as you wish.
Just as with any other magick, the intent behind the magick, the tools a witch chooses to use and the imagination they use to tailor the magick toward their specific needs is all subjective to their process. Every witch has to decide for themselves how, when and if to use poppets in their witchcraft.