For a villain, Dr. Facilier has his share of charisma. So it’s no surprise Prince Naveen falls victim to the witch doctor’s scheme and ends up being turned into a frog. And judging by the size of the mischievous sorcerer’s skull-faced topper, no doubt he keeps plenty more spells under his hat. Here’s how you and your child can make a king-size magician’s hat to try on for size.
Time: 35 minutes
What You’ll Need
- Hot glue gun
- Three 12- by 17-inch sheets stiff black felt
- Two 3- by 12-inch strips soft red felt
- Purple craft feather (or feather shape cut out of stiff purple felt)
- Sticky-back white felt
How To Make It
- Glue the black felt sheets together, overlapping the short ends by 2 inches, to create a long rectangle. Then trim off one end so that you have a piece that measures 25 1/2 inches long. Shape the felt into a tall cylinder, again overlapping the ends by 2 inches, and hot glue them together.
- Set the cylinder upright on a third sheet of felt and cut a large circle around it to create a brim between 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide. Then trace around the cylinder itself and cut along the outside of the trace line to create a center hole (at this point the brim will resemble a large donut). Set the cut out portion aside for now.
- Pull the brim down over the cylinder about 1 inch. Then cut a series of slits in the cylinder to create tabs 1-inch deep and about 1 1/2 inches wide. Fold the tabs down and hot glue them to the bottom of the brim, as shown.
- Hot glue the felt circle you set aside in step 2 onto the top of the hat.
- For a hatband, glue the strips of red felt to the hat end-to-end just above the brim. Add a purple feather by tucking the bottom behind the hatband on the side of the hat.
- For the final decorative touches, print out the template and use the pieces as patterns to cut a skull and crossbones out of sticky-back white felt. Attach the cutouts to the front of the hat.
Cutting and gluing should be done by an adult.