Glitter lovers, unite! I made this glittered witch hat because I wanted to change up my Halloween decorating this year. I just read the sequel to the book A Discovery of Witches and had witches on the brain. I saw a big, glittery witch hat out at a store, but it was pricey and I didn't love its colors. Why not just make one?
Armed with some poster board and glitter, I have my hat—and probably spent $5. I love it. It stands twenty-two inches tall and sits in a place of honor on my fireplace mantle. Here's how do it yourself:
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Two sheets of black poster board
- Spray adhesive
- Black glitter
- Packing tape (Scotch tape isn't strong enough)
Roll one sheet of the poster board into a cone shape. Roll tightly to make a tall skinny hat, looser for a wider hat. Hold together in the back with packing tape. (Don't worry about the tape showing, the glitter hides it well.) Trim the base to make the bottom of the cone flat.
To make the brim, draw and cut out a large circle on the other sheet of poster board. The circle doesn't have to be perfectly round. A little unevenness gives the brim character. Draw a circle in the center of the brim the same circumference as the base of the cone. Pop your scissors in this circle and cut tabs.
Fold up the tabs and tape to the inside of the cone. You have your hat! To glitter, go outside and spread out something to catch the excess glitter. Spray the hat with the adhesive and glitter away! I sprayed in sections so it wouldn't dry up. Really coat the hat with glitter. I even sprayed over glittered areas that looked thin and glittered again. You can't hurt it. Same goes for dents or creases in the poster board, the glitter makes it all better.
NOTE | This hat is meant to just sit and look pretty versus using it for a costume. It's pretty delicate and the glitter will come off if you handle it too much.
Here's the final product on my mantle. I included pumpkins, antique books and bound together glittery branches with ribbon to look like a witch's broom. This completely took on a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry vibe all by itself. Cool.
I added some magic with floating pages. I printed verses from the famous witch scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth onto antique book pages. Crazy about them! They're hung from small boxes with picture hanging strips to add dimension. Look for a tutorial on how to do this printing technique next week!