October 9, 2012

Embellished Paper Mache Witch Hat

This cute Embellished Witch Hat I made for my Halloween Mantel Display is a fun project that really allows you to flex your creative muscles by using a variety of different supplies and techniques. And the beauty of this idea is that you can tweak it to suit your own color schemes and tastes! Let me show you how!
For this project, you will need…

  • Paper mache witch hat
  • Paint and foam brushes
  • Paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Circle punch
  • Hot glue
  • Various embellishments: stickers, ribbon, pom-pom trim, and/or anything else that strikes your fancy
To start, paint your hat in your desired color. I opted for a traditional black hat, but you could go with any color you wish!
When your paint has dried completely, add a contrasting layer of painted polka dots, if desired. (Stripes would look great, too.)
To make a paper medallion accent for your hat, cut four strips of paper: two that are 1.25 x 12″ and two that are 2.5 x 12″.
Working with the 2.5″ strips, fold each strip back and forth every 1/2″, as shown.


When each strip is folded, overlap the ends and secure them together with hot glue, so that you have one long accordion-folded strip.
Next, overlap the remaining ends and secure with hot glue to form a loop. The loop will want to stand up and will resist being flattened, but that is okay. We’ll remedy that in a second.
Punch two circles using your circle punch (or cut them out by hand with scissors), and cover one of the pieces with a generous layer of hot glue.
Working quickly so that the glue doesn’t harden, flatten your accordion-folded loop with one hand…
 …before adhering the circle on top with the other hand. Press it down firmly to secure. (Try to make the hole at the center of your accordion-folded medallion as small as possible so that your circle will have plenty of surface area to adhere to.) Now, flip your medallion over and secure the remaining circle piece to the opposite side in the same manner.
Now, repeat all of the steps above with the 1.25″ strips of paper, except make your accordion folds every 1/4″ instead of every 1/2″. You will now have two medallions: one small, and one large.
Cut two strips of ribbon, and secure them to the back of your large medallion.
Use hot glue to adhere the small medallion on top of the larger medallion, and then embellish further with assorted stickers and other embellishments.

When your painted hat is completely dry, affix the medallion to the front of the hat. Finish with a strip of pom-pom trim at the base of the hat, if desired.

All finished!

I just love how she looks perched on top of my Halloween Mantel!


Be sure to check out all of these other fun Halloween ideas, too!
Thanks so much for making PS a part of your day.

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7 Responses to Embellished Paper Mache Witch Hat

  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} October 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    SO super cute, Amy! I love the polka dots. Where did you find the paper mache hat? I would love to get my hands on one!

  2. Stef October 10, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    cUUUUUTe! Darnit, I just saw those hats at the craft store, but I couldn’t figure out what I’d do with one, so I left it behind. That’ll teach me restraint!!

  3. Emily October 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Gorgeous! Where did you find the hat? You did a wonderful idea making it into your own creation! I love the polka dots! 🙂 Visiting from Serenity Now.

  4. Carrie October 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Great hat and very well designed blog. First time here…I’ll be back!

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