Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fascinator Witch Hat

Halloween is coming up and a friend asked me to make her a mini witch hat. This is probably one of the easiest projects I've ever done, and the cheapest. I spent only a 1.50 making this, but if you don't have poster board, ribbon, felt, and a spider ring lying around it'll still only cost you about 5 dollars. 

What you'll need:  

  • 1 sheet of stiff black felt
  • 2 sheets of regular black felt
  • Poster board
  • Hot glue
  • 10 inches of black ribbon (optional)
  • 1 black, plastic, spider (optional)

First, you'll need to cut out a poster board circle. I like working with tangible measurements so I traced a Disneyland Hatter hat but feel free to free hand it.  

Then cut a smaller circle out of the circle you cut so that you have a brim about an inch wide. Stab a hole into the center to cut around from the inside rather than cutting through the brim. Cut out a piece of black felt just slightly (about a centimeter) bigger than the poster board and cut the center out of that as well.

Then roll a piece of black felt (make sure it's the stiff kind- it costs more at about 1.50 but your hat will be floppy if you use regular) into a cone and fit it into the brim of your hat. Trim the edge of the felt hanging past the brim to no more than one inch and cut slits all along the felt to fold up onto to bottom of the brim. Use hot glue to secure the edge of your stiff felt closed along the cone of the hat and then hot glue the cut strips to the brim securing the cone in place. 

Then attach the felt circle you cut out to the top of your brim and apply hot glue all along the bottom brim. Place the hat down onto a piece of black felt making sure to glue the bottom side of the top felt down around the poster board.  Then cut around the edge of your hat making sure that the edge of the poster board does not show through.

You could put this on a headband, a ribbon, or attach clips, but what I did was attached small hair ties to make loops to bobby pin the hat in place. I knotted the hair ties, glued one side down, and for extra security glued a small scrap of felt onto of the hot glue. 

Finally, add a piece of ribbon around the brim and accent your mini witch hat with a spider for a subtle, creepy touch. 

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