Spellbinding Hat

By  Pat McNeil 

  • Spellbinding Hat
  • Closeup View of Pumpkin & Leaves


  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylics: Autumn Brown, Black, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, English Yew Green, Light Timberline Green, Poppy Orange, Pumpkin, White
  • Brushes: Artist Club Papillon: Shader, #4, #6, #12; Liner, #0
  • Krylon Matte Finish
  • Assorted cardstock colors or heavy weight paper (for leaves)
  • Ranger Melt Art, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Silver craft wire, 24-gauge
  • Wooden beads, 3/4", two
  • Tiny red rhinestones, two
  • Nylon thread
  • Optional: Silk Autumn Leaves (Hot Off The Press, #4466); white cardstock (for ghost); novelty spider
  • Paper-mache witches hat


  • McGill Essential Paper Punches, Super Giant: Maple Leaf (#88104)
  • Ranger Melting Pot
  • Heavy-duty glue (e.g., Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue or E6000)

Pattern - Spellbinding Hat

  • Preparation
  • 1. Basecoat hat with two coats Black. Print out patterns. Transfer basic pattern lines around bottom of hat, just above brim; repeat pattern as needed. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Pumpkins
  • 1. Use #12 shader to basecoat Pumpkin. Float Poppy Orange to shade top of sections and to separate sections. Float Burnt Sienna along sections to deepen shadows and to separate pumpkins; add final Burnt Umber float. Add soft White highlights along top of sections.
  • Stems
  • 1. Use #4 shader to base stems Autumn Brown. Shade Burnt Umber along right edge and along bottom, and to create ridges; highlight White along left side.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Use #6 shader to base large leaves Lt. Timberline Green; shade English Yew Green and highlight White.
  • Stems and Small Leaves
  • 1. Use liner and Lt. Timberline Green to pull vines starting at pumpkins and swirling upwards. For small leaves double-load #4 shader with Lt. Timberline Green and English Yew Green; add "S" stroke or one-stroke leaves. In same manner, pull more vines and leaves along bottom of pumpkins and onto hat brim.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply several finishing coats.
  • 2. Punch leaves from colored cardstock or heavy paper. Dip into embossing enamel; before leaves set, shape some so they're not all flat. Let dry.
  • 3. Glue around hat brim. (Optional: Glue silk leaves around hat omitting cardstock, punch, and embossing enamel.)
  • 4. For spider wire, thread 12" wire length through hole of one bead and secure. Make hole in point of hat just large enough for wire. Apply generous amount of glue to top of bead; thread wire from inside hat out, securing bead to inside point of hat. Using photo as guide, bend wire down forming upside down "U"; bend end to form small hook.
  • 5. For spider, paint remaining bead Black. For legs, cut four 4" lengths from wire. Cut 1" length from wire; wrap and twist around center of legs, leaving slight loop. Cut 6" length from nylon thread. Tie one end of thread to center wire loop. Thread nylon through bottom of bead up; tie other end of nylon to form a hanging loop. Trim excess wire. Bend legs as shown. Glue rhinestone eyes to one side of bead. (Optional: Fasten novelty spider to nylon thread and hang thread onto spider wire.)
  • 6. Optional: For ghost, cut pattern from white cardstock. Paint eyes black. Glue ghost to one side of hat.