The Princess and the Frog

Dr. Facilier's Hat

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Dr. Facilier's Hat
Total Time 1 hour Ages 9 to 12

For a villain, Dr. Facilier has his share of charisma. So it's no surprise Prince Naveen falls victim to the witch doctor's scheme and ends up being turned into a frog. And judging by the size of the mischievous sorcerer's skull-faced topper, no doubt he keeps plenty more spells under his hat. Here's how you and your child can make a king-size magician's hat to try on for size.

Download Dr. Facilier's Hat Template

What you'll need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Three 12- by 17-inch sheets stiff black felt
  • Two 3- by 12-inch strips soft red felt
  • Purple craft feather (or feather shape cut out of stiff purple felt)
  • Dr. Facilier's Hat template
  • Sticky-back white felt

How to make it

  1. Glue the black felt sheets together, overlapping the short ends by 2 inches, to create a long rectangle. Then trim off one end so that you have a piece that measures 25 1/2 inches long. Shape the felt into a tall cylinder, again overlapping the ends by 2 inches, and hot glue them together.

  2. Step 2

    Set the cylinder upright on a third sheet of felt and cut a large circle around it to create a brim between 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide. Then trace around the cylinder itself and cut along the outside of the trace line to create a center hole (at this point the brim will resemble a large donut). Set the cut out portion aside for now.

  3. Step 3

    Pull the brim down over the cylinder about 1 inch. Then cut a series of slits in the cylinder to create tabs 1-inch deep and about 1 1/2 inches wide. Fold the tabs down and hot glue them to the bottom of the brim, as shown.

  4. Hot glue the felt circle you set aside in step 2 onto the top of the hat.

  5. For a hatband, glue the strips of red felt to the hat end-to-end just above the brim. Add a purple feather by tucking the bottom behind the hatband on the side of the hat.

  6. For the final decorative touches, print out the template and use the pieces as patterns to cut a skull and crossbones out of sticky-back white felt. Attach the cutouts to the front of the hat.

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