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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

how to make a witches hat and broomstick

A witch's hat is made up of a tall cone top and a wide brim. Learn how to make and decorate this into a fantastic wearable Halloween hat.


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Glue
  • Compass
  • Stapler
  • Things to decorate your hat
    with: glitter, craft foam, felt
if you are under 8 years old or just can't be trusted with scissors or a compass get a responsible adult to do the cutting for you.(or at least a person who can operate scissors without much injury)

  •  step 1 

Create a cone hat out of black construction paper for a witch's hat or blue/purple construction paper for a wizard's hat following these instructions.

Note that you have the option to make a cone from a half circle or a quarter circle. A half circle makes a cone with a wide base, making it more flexible towards base width adjustments. A quarter circle makes a tall and slim hat. It's good to practice making the quarter circle cone on newspapers first since the resulting hat's narrow base won't allow for much adjustment.


    A wizard's hat may or may not have a brim. If you want a brimless wizard hat, proceed to Step 12. 

If you want to make a brim for your witch or wizard hat, cut short fringes of equal length (about 1 cm or 1/3 inch long) approximately 1 inch apart along the bottom edge of the cone.


Fold out the fringes.


Measure the inside diameter of your cone. It is always good to measure the diameter along several points around the circle. Since your construction paper cone isn't entirely rigid, you will probably get slight variations in measurement. Choose the smallest measurement you get.


Mark out the measured diameter at the center of a large sheet of construction paper (same color as the cone). Mark the midpoint as well.

With a compass anchored at the midpoint, draw a circle following the marked out diameter end points.

Next, draw a bigger circle to define the brim.

Cut out the big circle as well as the inner circle to come up with the brim.

Test the brim's fit on your cone. The brim should fit perfectly and lay flat against the cone's bottom fringes. You can widen the brim's hole, if necessary.

Remove the brim and apply glue around the brim's hole.

Insert the brim from the top of the cone (surface with glue facing down). Press on the joint, allowing the fringes on the cone to stick firmly onto the brim.

Decorate your hat. For a witch hat, you can glue on a band of craft foam, felt sheet, or fabric along the bottom of the cone. Cut out and glue a square buckle as well.

for a wizards hat try making out of blue or dark purple card and adding stars to the outside. 

for a broom stick find a thick stick remove any twigs or leaves from it, the stick needs to be approximately waist height and about 20 cm in diameter.
then find twigs and small sticks approximately 1-5 cm in diameter arrange them around one end of the larger stick and tie them using a earth coloured string.

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