January 18, 2013

The Sorting Hat


I'm helping a friend with a Harry Potter birthday party this week and it's been so fun that I'm tempted to throw one for my birthday come November! :) `

To make the sorting hat: 
1. I sketched out what I'd like to incorporate. I'm visual, so getting an good idea of dimensions helped me. 
2. After I had a vision of what I wanted, I crafted the inner form out of a construction paper; but you could just use an old witch's hat.
3. I glued strips of paper bags all over the form with ModPodge. I used a rubber band around the top to hold it in place to dry as I layered on the base. 
4. For the face, I folded small pieces (accordion style) for the eyebrows and then put long strips (folded in half to give dimension) for the mouth.
5. After everything was dry (I let it sit for an afternoon), I wrinkled the top to let it sag over.

Very simple to do, especially if you work on it while watching Doctor Who. :) I'll be sharing the wands I made later.

28 comments :

  1. Everything goes easier if you are watching Dr Who... especially if it is the David Tennant Doctor... yummo... great hat... can't wait to see the wands...xx

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    1. Agreed! And it was, in fact, David Tennant. :)

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  2. LOVE Dr Who...and the hat! Happy PPF!

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  3. Great job on the hat! Some little Potter fan will be thrilled.

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  4. loving your wonderful fun project Catherine. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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    1. Thank you, Netty. Wonderful weekend to you too! :)

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  5. what a great hat! I am a huge doctor who fan, presumably you are talking about the one with the blue police box. All the recent doctors have been lovely don't you think!! and usually a good story line too, Heather x

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    1. Yes, I think the storyline is getting better and better!

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  6. Amazing hat ~ Wow!

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  7. Wonderful hat! Love your pillows, too! ^_^

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    1. Thanks Anne, my sister and niece made those pillows. I love them!

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  8. Wonderful hat. Looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Will look forward to seeing the wands. Lucky birthday kids!! Happy PPF

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    1. SO much fun to make! Yes, lucky kids indeed. :D

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  9. I love this post, Catherine!
    I actually helped teach a Sorting Hat camp for one week where we created a huge sorting hat that the students used in a theater performance! :)
    Your photos bring back good memories of it!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. Did you really? Sounds like a camp I would love!

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  10. Very creative and fun. My kids will love seeing this post!

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    1. Aww, Debbie, that makes me happy. I hope they like it!

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  11. what a fun project! I like that cute owl behind the hat too :)

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    1. Thanks to my sister and niece, each of my kids got one and I've claimed them. :D

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  12. Really great hat and what fun! Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF and a wonderful weekend.

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  13. How fun is this!! Well done!! So rewarding when a party is involved!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. Wow this hat looks exactly like it! Good work!

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