How to make a crazy hat

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How to make a crazy hat
Create a wardrobe of crazy party hats. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Whether you need a crazy hat for your dressing-up box, or you want a one-of-a-kind piece of style to get you on television at your favourite sporting events, a crazy hat will just about always do the trick. Use these easy tips and tricks to turn a regular flat cap into an accessory that you can break out for good luck on cup final day or even use as a conversation starter at pubs or parties. You might even want to make several crazy hats so that you have one for every outfit and occasion.

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Things you need

  • Glitter fabric paint
  • Fabric glue
  • Pom-poms
  • Feathers
  • Large googly eyes
  • Flat cap

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    Glue the two large googly eyes to the middle of the front of the hat. This will make the hat appear to be staring at anyone who is facing you. The effect can be funny and even a little disconcerting. It is guaranteed to get you some second looks. Use a fair amount of fabric glue so that the eyes do not fall off, but do not use so much that the glue oozes out from around the edges of the eyes.

    How to make a crazy hat
    The bigger the google eyes, the better.
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    Glue the pom-poms around the edge of the hat. You can outline the bill of the cap as well or just put them around the part of the hat that fits your head. You can make a design with them, such as alternating your favourite team colours, or you can just place them randomly on the hat.

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    Glue the feathers to the hat. If you have large feathers, you might use just one or two and glue them so that they sweep back from the front of the hat, kind of like a minstrel cap. You could also glue them in a fan on the back of the hat so that your hat looks like a peacock. Smaller craft feathers could be tucked in among the pom-poms to make a more elaborate border for your hat.

  4. 4

    Accent your designs with the fabric paint. You might paint a large pink tongue on the bill of your hat, give your hat a big smile or draw on exaggerated eyebrows. You can also write funny things on your hat to support your team or commemorate a special occasion.

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    Let your hat dry for at least 24 hours before you wear it. If the glue and paint are not completely dry, you run the risk of accidentally gluing your headgear to your head. Keep the hat in a warm, dry place until you are ready to wear it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can decorate your crazy hat with anything you want. The key is to be over the top. Usually, crazy hats have bright colours and lots of eye-catching details.

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