How to make the Hot Santa Hat Wreath Craft
A Witches Hat…
The hot craft this Halloween was, wait for it, a Santa Hat! Yup, I said a Santa Hat! You find many crafters making them online this season. Someone out there had a great idea of using a witches hat frame from Dollar Tree to make a Santa Hat with it. Now everyone is doing it, including me.
It is a cute hanging, I guess you can call it a wreath. There’s a white pom-pom on the end. The hat section is wrapped with red mesh. Where the white fur is usually found on the hat, there is curly white mesh instead. The red and white mesh both have a shiny strand running throughout it. This makes it glittery from a distance. The Santa hat wreath can be hung inside or outside. I’m making mine to hang on the inside of the front door.
We usually buy a real pine wreath to bring in the Christmas tree pine smell but we were disappointed last year. An 8″ wreath cost us $24 and it didn’t smell. Everything except the pom was bought at Dollar Tree. The pom was bought at JoAnn’s Fabric. The cost of making this wreath is about $7.50.
Let’s Make a Santa Hat
1 Halloween Witch Hat Frame
1 bag of white or silver pipe cleaners (channel sticks)
2 Rolls of Red Mesh 5yrd or 15 foot (2 rolls total 30 feet)
3 Rolls of White Mesh 5yrd or 15 foot (3 rolls total 45 feet)
1 Pom White or White yarn to make a pom (if you know how to make them.)
Flower, Holly or Ribbon for a bow to decorate
Wire cutters *optional to cut the pipe cleaners
Preparing the items:
Remove all of the black and silver/purple garland from the frame. The frame will look like this when done.
If Halloween is over and you can’t find the witch hat frame Serendipities Closet has a video on how to create a witch hat frame from plastic hangers.
I cut a bunch of the pipe cleaners in half with the wire cutters. You can also cut them in thirds. I have Lymph-edema in my hand and arm so cutting them in half works out better for me.
Next cut all of the white mesh into 6″ strips and store them in a bag or basket until later.
Starting With The Red Mesh
Take the corner of the red mesh and bunch it up in your fingers. Then use a pipe cleaner to tie it to the top of the frame. (Where the pom would go.)
Then start to wrap around the frame moving toward the bottom. Overlapping as you go to hide the frame and knobs. Making sure to leave the ribbon for hanging the wreath out from being wrapped in behind the red mesh.
When the first roll of red mesh runs out tie it off to the frame with a pipe cleaner.
Use the same pipe cleaner to start a new roll. Continue wrapping until you reach the bottom of the red section.
Here is what the red section of the hat looks like when finished. Tuck any loose ends in between the layers.
Here is a close up of the layers.
Working On The White Mesh
Here are all of the white mesh strips that I cut earlier.
To make the curl take one piece of white mesh and roll it as tight as you can. Hold it in the middle with one hand or clamp it down with something so it doesn’t become unrolled. Then roll 2 more. You will need to roll 3-4 of them depending on how full you want the hat to be. I used three curls rolled up.
Here is a close up of what the end should look like once you have it rolled.
Next, take the pipe cleaner to bend it in half.
Tie the pipe cleaner around the center of all three curls so it looks like this.
I did all of them at one time so I could focus on their placement.
Take one of the curls and thread the pipe cleaner around the frame on one side. Twist the pipe cleaner to tighten it to the frame.
Continue to add the curls to the frame and filling in any gaps. Make it as full as you want.
All of my white mesh curls are twist tied to the frame. Play with them adjusts them. Trim off some of the rough edges. Make it look how you want it too. When you get it how you want it to tie off all of the pipe cleaners underneath and clip any long hanging ones. Make it look as pretty as possible for the back of a craft. =)
Close up of the white mesh curls.
Adding Your Decoration:
I added a glitter covered holly flower and green glitter balls to the side. You can add a bow or berries. Anything of your choosing.
Lastly, I added a store bought white pom-pom I got from JoAnn’s Fabrics to the top. Ran the pipe cleaner through the middle of it and then I twist tied it down to the frame so it wouldn’t come loose.
I haven’t made a pom pom since I was in High School. I didn’t have time to figure it out again so I bought a package from JoAnn’s Fabrics.
Completed Santa Hat Wreath
I’m very happy with how the Santa hat wreath came out. The wreath is all done and ready to be hung on the door.
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