Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

I love adding witch hat embellishments to my Halloween decorations.  Big or small they strike the perfect (for me) decor balance - not scary, but undeniably Halloweenish.  My favorite house from my Halloween Village is the one topped with a small witch hat, and I have a few more up my sleeve for last minute decorations.  Here's the fast and simple way that I make witch hats:


You'll need some felt, tulle and thin cardboard.  The size of the witch hat you'll be making determines how much of each you'll need.  For this hat (only 4 inches tall), I only needed a small piece of a felt sheet and a 2 1/2 inch strip of tulle.  For small hats, I usually use the cardboard from cereal or kleenex boxes - for larger boxes I have used poster board or even foam core.

Mark off a 1/2 circle, in your desired size, on the felt


And cut out


Roll the 1/2 circle into a cone shape and dot with hot glue to adhere


To make the hat brim, place your cone shape on the cardboard and eyeball your preferred brim size.  Draw a circle to mark the edge of the brim as well as tracing the circumference of the cone.


Cut out the brim and the shape of the cone, careful to cut slightly smaller than the trace line.


Once cut, check the brim size by slipping it over the cone.  It should stop just short of the bottom of the cone. 


To cover the brim, cut out two pieces of felt.


Cut the first larger than the brim


And the second to fit


Cut slits along the outside and interior of the larger piece


Using your hot glue, adhere the felt around the brim



Flip over and adhere the sized piece of felt to cover the raw edges


Slide the brim over the cone to form a hat. 


I usually add a few dots of hot glue to tack the brim in place


At this point, the hat could be done - but I like to dress it up with a little bit of tulle puffed around the brim


To add the tulle, start by gluing one end of your tulle strip to the underside of the brim, where it meets the cone


Bring the tulle up and over the brim, fluff as desired, and tack in place with another dot of hot glue


From there it's just a back and forth tacking the tulle to the underside of the brim and then back onto the top of the brim, fluffing as you go.


And finally, I topped this hat off with a polka dot piece of ribbon as a hat band


This tute was pretty step intensive, but it goes very quickly - especially if your making them assembly line.

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Creative Cupcake Recipes said...

I love this Witch Hat. I have everything you need to make it at home. I am going to make a few today. Thanks for sharing.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

This is adorable and JUST what I need! I will be making 8 of these for a tablescape! Thanks so much!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Unknown said...

Oh, this is just too cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love this! What a great size and you make the directions so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Visiting from Inspiration Friday : )

Brandy J. said...

Crazy cute! Thanks for sharing and for all the helpful step-outs.

Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

LOVE this!! I made a mini Leprechaun Hat out of a dixie cup for my mantel in March. This little witch hat is calling my name : ) I'm going to add this to my Fall Pin Board!
Jaimee @

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Love these! Your instructions are perfect. These would make the perfect decoration and accessory for any Halloween party. I'd love for you to link up to my party if you have a moment.

Jessica@SewHomegrown said...

So cute and tiny! I love it :)

Lorie said...

Cute! My daughter will love these! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is so adorable! Your instructions are great!!!

Mackeys Moments said...

I am in love with these adorable little witch hats!! very creative!!

All That Glitters said...

I cannot make a cone hat for nothing! I'm going to try again! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Ashley said...

so fun..thanks for the tutorial:)

Michelle V. said...

Very cute craft! Thanks for the detailed tutorial :)

ibshell said...

Great job! So simple and adorable!!

Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

Adorable. I would love for you to stop by and link up your mini hat to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up. I also have a link party for Halloween projects only at that I would love for you to link up to as well.

Cindy Cooksey said...

It's brilliant! It might be just the thing for my mini-dachshund. :-)

vikki said...

Wow, those are sooo very cute.

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Seriously cute! Great tutorial. Visiting from TT&J :) I would love for you to link this up to my fashion party! It's called DIY Diva Thursdays and we party Th-M every week. Hope to see you!


Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Totally adorable! Thank you for linking up and I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday :D

Jennifer said...

love your idea. Just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned it on my blog . Please let me know if there is anyting you wish for me to remove. Cheers

Shari said...

I wish I had seen this sooner. I think my customers would like to make these for their dolls. Filing away for next year.

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

So cute and simple!!!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing! I love it!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Angel Brite said...

Thanks for the super easy tutorial. I made these to decorate with my nephews and niece and put the link on my DIY blog Let me know if you'd like me to take it down


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