Hello guys and dolls! I have received a number of comments and questions about the floating witch hats I shared on Instagram so I threw together a quick step-by-step guide showing how I accomplished the effect.
- Step 1: Gather your supplies. I ordered the cheapest collapsible witch hats I could find on Amazon.com (these are like mine), grabbed some fishing line from my husband’s tackle box, large paperclips, safety pins (preferably large), and a pair of scissors.
- Step 2: Layout how many hats you plan to hang. After I chose the space I wanted to decorate I did a little mental planning for how many hats I’d need. I wanted one for each side of the front door (2) and an odd number in front of our largest porch window (I chose 3), so I laid out 5 hats.
- Step 3: Cut your fishing line. I cut mine to be approximately 3-4 inches longer than I wanted my hats to hang. I wanted my hats to look more whimsical so I guesstimated when I cut versus measuring all the same length. I cut around 18-24″ in length.
- Step 4: Take one hat by the tip and poke with a safety pin. I wiggled the pin around just enough that I could see the hole when I set the pin down. You are going to place a string of fishing line through the hole (I found this method easier than stringing a needle but you could also try that if you prefer).
- Step 5: Attach your fishing line to the safety pin. Close your safety pin and tie one of your fishing line strings through the circle loop. Knot it well so that it doesn’t slide or untie.
- Step 6: Flip your witch hat inside out and fish the line through. This is probably the trickiest part. It’s not hard, you just have to pay a bit of attention. Flip your hat and find the hole you poked in the tip. Fish the line through the hole and pull it from the other side. This will pull the safety pin up and flip your hat back to right side out.
- Step 7: Attach the loose end of line to a paperclip. I knew my hats were going outdoors, so I chose paperclips to secure and hang them. If you choose to display your hats inside, feel free to skip the paperclip and just tie a loop that you can stick a push pin through or an ornament hook. However you feel comfortable hanging your hats, do it up.
- Step 8: Repeat all steps and hang away. The open paperclip provided me a cheap and easy way to affix my hats under the soffits. I stuck the open end through one of the slit holes and wiggled until it came out another.
I hope this tutorial helps inspire you to “spook-ify” your space for Halloween! If you are feeling extra adventurous, or want to spice things up even more, try adding glow sticks or paper lantern lights to the interior safety pin for a glow-in-dark Witch Hat Luminary. I did those last year inside my front porch and it was super cute.
Thanks for stopping! ~Ellen