Join us in this step-by-step guide to transform a plain black witch hat into an enchanting Halloween decoration using dried flowers, feathers, and ribbon, adding a touch of nature’s beauty and magic to your decor.
How To Make a Witch Hat Decoration
Today I am going to show you how I took a plain ‘ole costume witch hat and turned it into an enchanting Halloween decoration that will leave your guests spellbound! First I’ll show you a fun technique to instantly make the black witch hat look ancient! Then we will decorate it with pretty flowers, feathers, and other embellishments…this isn’t your run-of-the-mill spooky witch hat more of a pretty garden witch!
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Materials Needed For Witch Hat DIY
- Crooked Witch Hat
- Matte Mod Podge
- Assorted Flowers
- 1 Small Bell (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun
Making the Witch Hat Look Old
For this enchanting floral witch hat DIY I started out with an inexpensive black costume witch hat. This is the witch hat style that is slightly crooked and crunched. It will work best for this project but if can’t find one then a regular ‘ole witch hat will work too, it will just have a slightly different finished look than this one.
Step 1: Aging Technique
The first step is to get this witch hat to look like it’s a hundred years old! Here is a simple aging technique that also smells good!! What you will need:
Brush Witch Hat w/ Mod Podge
Make sure to protect your work surface by covering it with newspaper or cardboard. This project gets a little messy.
Unpackage your witch hat and stuff newspaper or tissue paper inside the opening. This will make it easier to work with as you decorate it.
Then using a sponge-tipped brush apply Mod Podge all over the witch hat. Don’t worry it will dry clear!
Sprinkle w/ Cinnamon
Once the Mod Podge is brushed over the witch’s hat it is time to sprinkle the cinnamon all over the hat. I suggest using cheap cinnamon, not your expensive baking stuff!
I did leave areas on the hat free of the cinnamon so there will be some contrast.
Let the Mod Podge dry completely. The Mod Podge will also help to stiffen up the hat.
Once the Mod Podge has dried take a paper towel and wipe off the extra cinnamon. This will also blend and smudge the cinnamon so it doesn’t look like cinnamon sprinkles.
Decorating the Witch Hat
The next step to make this enchanting garden witch is to decorate it with colorful flowers and other embellishments.
Add A Hat Band
To create a band around the witch’s hat I used a package of Dollar Tree white creepy cloth.
Other options would be a length of burlap or even drop cloth material. A thick lacey ribbon would also look pretty.
The creepy cloth doesn’t have much weight to it and was a little floppy so I did end up using spray adhesive to make it stay in place and look more crumpled.
This step is optional, but if you have a small jingle bell you can glue it to the end of the witch’s hat for an extra touch. This was a silver bell and I used Rub n Buff to make it look old.
Add Flowers & Other Natural Touches
This year I have created a garden witch theme for my front porch. I usually don’t decorate for Halloween but more for Fall but this all came together organically as I started putting it all together.
What Flowers To Use
Right now my October garden is full of pretty stems so I just had to open the garden gate and clip a few to use to decorate the witch hat. The flowers that I ended up using were sunflowers, celosia, amaranth, bunny tails, & a clump of what I think are weeds!!
A prepackaged bunch of dried flowers from the craft store or even a few artificial stems would work great too! I would suggest using yellow and purple flowers as they really pop against the black witch hat and stand out.
Hot glue works best to secure the flowers to the witch’s hat. My first thought was to tuck them into the creepy cloth but they were flopping around too much!
Use one larger flower in the center of the witch hat like the sunflower that I used here. On either side of the sunflower I tucked in fuzzy stems of purple celosia (Celosia Asian Garden)
Other Natural Touches
Along with flowers I tucked in a couple of dried bunny tail stems along with a small bundle of maybe weeds (?)…at this point of the growing season I’ve given up pulling weeds in the garden so I’m not sure if it’s something I planted or not!
But I think my favorite embellishment was a preserved mushroom (it came in a bunch of stems).
The witch’s hat was finished off with pheasant feathers and a few tiny twigs to keep with the entire garden witch vibe.
Tip: To protect the witch’s hat from the elements you can give it a coat of a matte top coat.
Decorating With The Floral Witch’s Hat
This enchanting witch’s hat could be used to decorate inside of your home or on your porch.
It’s so pretty that it would be a charming accent on an entryway table or centerpiece on your dining table inside of your home.
My plan was to add this to my front porch to complete the witchy Halloween theme that I’ve crafted outside.
As we wrap up this DIY project, you’ve witnessed how a simple black witch hat can be transformed into a captivating Halloween decoration. With the rustic charm of dried flowers, the elegance of feathers, and a few other touches your hat now embodies the spirit of Halloween in the most enchanting way!
I hope this project has ignited your creativity and inspired you to infuse your own unique touches into your Halloween decor. Whether it’s displayed as a centerpiece at your Halloween party or on your porch like mine, your floral witch hat creation is sure to enchant all who behold it.
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Embrace the magic of the season this Fall!