A Luna Lovegood Lion Hat!
I wanted to make a lion hat for our book character day (halloween) and wanted it to be more like the book version (a giant lion head on a witch hat)!
Step 1: Materials
I tried to use as little and light-weight materials as possible for my hat.
-tan thin fleece
-around 10 rolls of ribbon (I raided the clearance ribbon for reds, golds, & tans)
-two large buttons
-hot glue gun
-mod podge (optional)
Step 2: Creating the Lion Frame
I originally planned on using a free paper craft template I had found online. However, when I went to print it out, I found that the file was unavailable and I couldn't find any others that were free and similar.
So I had to make a lion head from scratch, which was interesting!
Using cardstock paper, I made a paper cylinder the same diameter as the opening of the witch hat.
Next, I began cutting and taping together paper shapes to form a lion face. I mostly tried to look at my cat's face for reference.
When I had a face shape that I was okay with I began to hot glue it to the paper cylinder. I also replaced the tape with hot glue.
Step 3: Adding Fur
Next, I began glueing the fleece on the face for fur. I glued sections at a time to make it easier to smooth it out. After doing the face I also did the neck all the way around.
Step 4: Making the Mane
I cut all the ribbon into around 3-5" strips and began glueing them down to the lion head starting from the bottom and working up.
At this point, I also used the cardboard from the ribbon to make ears. I tore off the side cardboard circles and cut them in half. Then I glued two halves together like a tent or a V. I glued the ears on the head and covered them with the fleece.
Step 5: Eyes, Mouth, and Nose
For the eyes, I cut out black felt pupils and glued them onto my giant buttons. Then I glued the eyes on the head and made some eyelids out of scrap fleece.
I eventually would like to replace the eyes with taxidermy/stuffed animal eyes to make it look a little better. However I feel like Luna would use whatever she had and the buttons make it look more homemade!
For the nose, I cut out a nose shape from black felt and glued it on!
For the mouth, I cut and glued black felt inside the mouth to give it a clean look. I also sealed the paper cone teeth with mod podge so they will hopefully last longer.
In the future, I hope to add a tongue and perhaps even some tech to make the lion roar!
Step 6: Finishing the Hat
To finish, I attached the witch hat to the bottom of the lion. I cut off the top half of the point and cut some slits in the remaining point of the hat so it would glue down in sections. Then I glued each section into the inside of the lion to make it one big hat.
The hat stays on fairly well, however in the future I would like to attach a helmet on the inside and strap it to my head for more stability. I would then cover the straps in material to look like ties for the hat!
It was a very rushed job, but I am overall happy with the turnout and hope to make additions to it in the future!
Runner Up in the
Hats and Headpieces Challenge
Participated in the
Glue Challenge 2016
Participated in the
Halloween Costume Contest 2016