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Wizard and Witch Costumes: Witches' Hats

Even if you forgo the costume, don a tall, pointy hat for instant holiday spirit. To make the cone: Measure the circumference of your wearer's head.




  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Make a paper compass 17 inches long. Pin compass to hat paper (point A). Punch a hole in compass 15 inches from pin (point B) to guide your pencil point. Use compass to draw a quarter to a half circle; the resulting arc should measure the same as the circumference of the head. If making a brimmed hat, punch another hole in paper compass 1/2 inch beyond point B to make point C, and draw another curved line beyond the existing arc; this will create a tab for attaching brim. Draw two straight lines from point A to ends of arc or arcs. Also draw a 1/2 inch tab along one straight side.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out hat. If adding brim, cut slits about 1 inch apart along length of curved tab. Bend each resulting flap slightly upward. Apply double-sided tape to straight tab. Roll hat into a cone; join sides, making sure they line up.

  3. Step 3

    To make a brim, first measure the diameter of the bottom of the cone; divide this number by 2 to get the radius. Add 1/2 inch to radius and mark that length on paper compass (point A to point B). On hat paper, draw a circle using radius. From same center point, draw a larger circle 3 inches outside the smaller circle (point C). Cut out the resulting doughnut shape, cutting straight through brim to get to the center circle.

  4. Step 4

    To attach the brim: Affix small pieces of double-sided tape to tops of each flap on the cone. Wind brim around cone, pressing onto tape one flap at a time. Overlap any extra brim, trimming excess, and secure seam with double-sided tape.

Halloween 2000, Volume 2000 Special Issue 2000



Reviews (4)

  • ShawnRUSS 30 Aug, 2013

    Hi, Thanks for posting this as it gives us plenty of time to prepare for Halloween! Always a big event in our house with 3 kids to entertain! Being turned into a witch is always a favorite with our girls and this looks like an easy enough task.

  • ShawnRUSS 30 Aug, 2013

    I’ve found that the main thing with kids hats is to make sure the material you use is really strong as otherwise they don’t last 5 minutes. Secure it with a broad strip of elastic under the chin, as this is less likely to cut into their skin, and staple

  • Maggie126 3 Oct, 2012

    Foiled at step 1. What is a paper compass? And where is Point A on the hat paper? Actually, what is the hat paper? Sigh!

  • camille10 28 Aug, 2010

    I love these hats! The only problem is that I never paid much attention in math class, therefore using the compass and following these instructions is turning out to be daunting. I will get some help though! thanks for the project :)