The sombrero is a wide brimmed hat that has become an iconic symbol of Mexico. The hat got its name from the Spanish word for shade, "sombra," as its original purpose was to provide shade for outside labourers. The sombrero has now taken a more decorative and less utilitarian turn. Sombreros are often elaborately decorated and are used by Mariachi musicians and as souvenirs. Use sombrero crafts to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, at a Mexican themed party or to enhance a school lesson on Mexico.
Imaginative Play Sombrero Crafts
Use sombrero crafts for imaginative play. Make a puppet out of a brown paper bag. Add googly eyes to the face and yarn to the head for hair. Make clothes out of fabric scraps or paper. Cut a sombrero shape out of brown construction paper and glue it to the top of the puppet's head. Let children put on a performance about Mexico or the history of the sombrero.
Another way to use sombrero crafts in imaginative play is to make a finger puppet with a sombrero. Cut the finger off a knit glove. Add beads for eyes and yarn for hair. Use felt to create clothes for the puppet. Make a small sombrero hat for the puppet out of felt. Make a cone and push the tip in a bit to give it a blunt top. Attach the cone to a doughnut shape of felt to make the hat. The brim of the hat should be very wide.
Wearable Sombrero Crafts
Create a wearable sombrero craft to use as part of a child's costume or for imaginative play. Make a sombrero out of craft foam. Glue or staple several pieces of foam together to make a piece large enough to create the craft. Make a cone to fit on top of a head and seal it with glue. Push the tip of the cone in to create a blunt top. Cut the bottom flat. Cut a doughnut shaped piece of craft foam with the opening of the doughnut being the same size as the opening of the cone. The brim should be very wide, so this may need several sheets of craft foam connected together, too. Sew the cone to the doughnut with needle and thread. Embellish the sombrero with craft foam shapes and pom poms.
Another way to create a wearable sombrero is to cut a sombrero shape out of poster board. Colour and embellish the hat. Make a headband out of a strip of paper. Tape the ends together and attach the sombrero to the headband and wear it with the sombrero drawing facing the front. The headband should be worn across the forehead.
Use sombrero crafts in a Mexican party celebration. Make a small sombrero as a table decoration. Turn a foam or plastic cup upside down on a small paper lunch plate. Glue the cup in place and paint both the plate and cup with light brown paint. Paint around the edge of the plate in a bright colour. Tie a ribbon around where the plate and cup meet. Embellish the hat by gluing pom poms around the edge of the plate.
You can also make a sombrero party game for a Mexican-themed party. Draw a picture of a person dressed in traditional Mexican clothing, such as a costume worn by a Mariachi musician. Leave a hat off of the drawing. Draw and reproduce a picture of a sombrero that is to scale with the picture. Colour and cut out the hats and play a game of "Pin the Sombrero on the Mariachi Musician" at the party.
Home Decor Sombreros
Turn a bowl upside down on a table. Use aluminium foil to cover the bowl and create a brim for the hat. Shape the aluminium foil brim with your hands until it takes on a round shape by crumpling and curling the edges up as you round out the connected brim pieces. Embellish the metallic sombrero with ribbon -- especially where the hat top connects to the brim pieces. You can also use rick rack and pom poms. Use the sombrero as a table decoration or fill the brim with tortilla chips and use it as a serving receptacle.
To decorate a party space, create a sombrero garland for a wall decoration. Cut the shape of a sombrero out of various coloured papers. Embellish the hats with rick rack and pom poms and hang them on a string to create a garland.