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Halloween Decorations


Hats Off to Wizards Centerpiece

A mystical wizard's hat sets the tone for your Halloween celebration.
A mystical wizard's hat sets the tone
for your Halloween celebration.

Grab your wands, and get ready to party. This magical centerpiece is perfect for a gathering of wizards.

What You'll Need

  • 26 inches purple felt (from bolt)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 10-inch-diameter cardboard circle
  • 151/2-inch tall foam cone, 16-inch base
  • Glitter glue: iridescent purple, gold
  • Paintbrush
  • 20 yellow wood stars, 1 inch each
  • 3 yellow wood stars, 2 inches each
  • Small plastic snakes
  • 1 yard black maribou
  • 32 inches gold ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
  • 11/2 yards sheer gold ribbon, 11/2 inches wide
  1. Cut a 10-inch square from felt; glue felt to cardboard circle for brim. Trim. Cut a piece of felt tall enough and wide enough to fit cone. Wrap and glue felt to cone, trimming top and bottom of felt if necessary.

    Wrap and glue the felt to the cone.
    Wrap and glue the felt to the cone.

  2. With iridescent purple glitter glue, paint circles on hat and brim. Let dry. Outline circles with gold glitter glue. Glue cone to middle of brim.

    Outliine the purple circles you painted with the gold glitter glue.
    Outline the purple circles you painted with the gold glitter glue.

  3. Paint 1 side of all stars with gold glitter glue; let dry. Glue small stars and small snakes around hat and brim (leave bottom 4 inches of cone free of snakes and stars).

  4. Glue maribou around outside edge of brim. Cut 3/8-inch ribbon in half, and tie pieces together in middle (ends don't have to be even). Glue ribbon knot to top of hat. Cut ribbon ends on a diagonal.

    Glue the star to the tip of the wizard's hat.
    Glue the star to the tip of the wizard's hat.

  5. Glue a 2-inch star to top front of hat. Wrap sheer gold ribbon loosely 3 times around base, and make a loose knot in front. Glue a large star to each ribbon end, and wind ribbon ends around hat once more, bringing stars to front. Your wizard's hat is now ready to adorn your Halloween table!

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