How to Draw a Witch Hat

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"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too."
- The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz

In popular culture, the witch hat is "characterized by a conical crown and a wide brim." This is also a symbol of the Halloween holiday and included in many decorations.

Pointed hats have been the attire of numerous cultures throughout history. The specific origin of the witch hat is disputed by scholars, but it may have arisen from one of several prejudices, notably anti-Semitic or anti-Quaker sentiments during the Middle Ages and colonial period. Both of these groups wore distinctive hats. People spread false rumors about them, and the hats may have become a symbol of the occult involvement of which they were accused.

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Another theory is that alewives, or women who brewed and sold beer, wore identifying hats. They were accused of wrongdoing, namely witchcraft, by their male competitors. Mummies in China have also been discovered alongside similarly pointed hats.

A number of fictional witches and other magical characters have sported the archetypal witch hat in various media. Examples include the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Gandalf from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Jennifer from I Married a Witch, Samantha from Bewitched, Orko from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter.

Would you like to draw a cartoon witch hat? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Witch Hat

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching an incomplete teardrop shape. This outlines the opening of the hat and the bottom of its brim.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line across the shape, roughly parallel to its upper line. This outlines the near side of the brim.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 3

3. Draw another curved line parallel to the previous line.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 4

4. Use a series of curved lines to sketch the side and crown of the hat. Note the overlap where the hat bends and the gently pointed tip.

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How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 5

5. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the remaining side of the hat, again noting the bend in the material.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 6

6. Draw two curved lines across the hat, outlining its band.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 7

7. Sketch a small rectangle inside a rectangle in the middle of the hatband. This forms the buckle.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 8

8. Draw curved lines across the crown or top of the hat to give it an old and worn-out texture.

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How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 9

9. Draw a curved line between the brim and the bottom of the hat, outlining the underside of the brim.

How to Draw Witch Hat: Step 10

Color your witch hat. Typically, such hats are black with a gold buckle but could be any color you wish.

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