DIY Floating Witch Hats Tutorial

DIY Floating Witch hatsHalloween is fast approaching, but there is still time to dress up your porch before the trick-or-treaters come around. These floating witch hats make a fun, festive, and slight spooky decoration. They are simple to make. I think you will have fun trying out your own.

Floating Hat- supplies

The Supplies:

  • 3 paper mache witch hats (available at Joann Fabrics and other craft stores)
  • scrapbook paper (I used black and white polka dots)
  • scissors
  • black acrylic craft paint
  • 2 sponge paintbrushes
  • pencil
  • Elmer’s glue (or Mod Podge)
  • fishing line
  • paper clips
  • large hand needle
  • ribbon (optional)
  • hot glue gun (optional)

The Instructions:

Floating Hat- paint hats

Start by laying out some newspaper or other proective surface and paint the tops of the witch hats with the black paint. After giving them a few minutes to dry, turn them over and paint under the brim and the inside. Allow them to dry completely. Note: the hat that will be covered in scrapbook paper does not need to be entirely painted, just covering the edges and inside will do.

Floating Hat- measure paper cover

Take one of the pieces of scrapbook paper and cut one side with a slight curve. Hold the paper up the the witch hat with the curved side facing down. This will give you an idea of how much more you need to trim along that curve for the paper to wrap snugly around the hat. Trim the excess of the curved portion and test again.

Floating Hat- measure paper circle

Next, place the hat flat on the back side of the other piece of scrapbook paper. Trace the circle and cut along the line. Then, hold the cut circle up to the open side of the hat. By putting a little pressure on the edge with your finger, you should be able to see a little indent of where the hat brim ends. Trace along that indent to mark where the hat opening begins.

Floating Hat- cut hole for hat brim

Fold the paper in half and cut through the center. Follow along the penciled line to cut an opening in the middle of the circle.

Floating Hat- glue paper on brim

Place the circular paper on the brim of the hat to make sure it is a good fit. Trim any areas that may need to be trimmed. Use a sponge brush and glue mixed with a little water (or Mod Podge) and paint the brim with the adhesive. Press down firmly to be sure there are no air bubbles. Paint adhesive to the back side of the paper that was cut for the tall part of the hat and place it on firmly as well.

Floating Hat- decorate with ribbon

If you would like to decorate the hats that are not covered in paper, use some ribbon and wrap it around the base of the hat. Use hot glue to secure it into place.

Floating Hat- thread fishing line

Prepare your fishing line by tying a paperclip to one end, and threading a hand needle through the other. Use fishing line that is approximately 4-5 feet long. Once the fishing line is tied and threaded, turn the hat upside down and drop the needle, pinpoint down, into the hat. Use the eraser side of your pencil to help you reach the needle, and use it to push the needle through the paper mache. Once it has poked through, pull the fishing line all the way through, and the hat is ready to hang.

Floating Hat- hang

The floating hats look great on my porch, hovering over my pumpkin and chair. These hats would also be great indoors, hanging from a chandelier, or in a doorway. There are so many options. No matter where you use them, they are sure to catch the attention of your friends and family.

DIY Floating Witch hats

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