Three years ago or so, I scored these adorable witch hats from Hobby Lobby on a clearance sale. I thought that they would make excellent photo op props for my birthday. It was an adult Potter-themed party, and I spent months planning and crafting away. I just plain ran out of time to make these as special as I wanted, so they just ended up on the prop table. They are still super cute, even without the flourish that we are making here. Now they are over the top cute and are fancy as all get out.
These hats are really too small (about 6”x4”) for real people heads for actual wear, unless you fashion them onto head bands, hair clips, or ribbons to hold them in place. For my original purpose, and as quick party photo props, they don’t have to stay on permanently. In fact, these will probably get a home on my plush animal army that decorates the house, and when I host my next party they will be there to use again. so it is a win-win.
I brought out my handy dandy Cricut Maker. Actually, after the last project, I just kept it on the table. I was thinking to myself, “I know there was another project that I needed to do. But what was it?”
After the photo shoot, I put the stacking drawer organizer boxes back home in their new dresser (see last few projects) and saw the hats in one of the drawers. AH HA! I knew I had another Cricut project! I wanted to get some of my felt stash and make tiny crests, and glue them onto the hats. Since the hats are felt, I just had to cut the crests out, apply them to the hats with the felt glue, and I was finished.
I used the same crest file from the suitcase project. I re-sized the file to fit on the hats, then selected the colors. I wanted the golden yellow felt, and decided that I had enough scraps left over from the felt scarves to make a few of each house color, too.
If you are going to cut felt, I highly recommend using the Cricut Maker, as it is better at keeping all parts uniform. You could, of course, cut the pieces free hand, since it is not a huge project. I arranged my felt colors on a pink fabric cutting mat, changed my Cricut blade to a rotary wheel, and away I went.
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I really wanted to leave an “H” in the center of the shield/crest but the sizing I wanted was so small it wasn’t conducive to cutting at this scale. But that’s OK, since I can get larger hats. In fact, I’m thinking I should make some in the future. I will leave a file for both images for easy access.
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I made 12 hats in this batch. I chose to divide them thus; 2 of each house color and 4 of the solid golden yellow. This way I have an assortment. I then applied a bit of the felt glue on each shield/crest, and placed one onto each of the hats.
Let dry. Place on plush animal heads for a fantastic photo shoot.
Another project I made for that same birthday party was felt house scarves. This was a super quickie project that I did at the last minute, and it is crazy simple and inexpensive.
I bought the felt I wanted at Walmart as it is super inexpensive there and they had all the colors. You may make the house(s) of your preference, or make them all. Cut equal squares of each color. I believe that I used 1 felt sheet of each color to make one scarf. I was just making these for fun photo props, so they didn’t need to be very long, just for flair…which I don’t mind talking about. Once you have made your squares, apply felt glue and attach the squares edge-to-edge, alternating until you have the length you want. You could make thin strips as we did with the bookmarks, if you like. You can choose to make them fancy, if you want to. These would make a really nice Christmas tree garland as well.
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