Foam hats are quirky, silly and playful and make an enjoyable, easy craft project for kids and grownups alike. The foam is easy to draw on, cut and glue other objects to, making for a versatile craft item. Take a simple, homemade foam hat from ordinary to outrageous with embellishments such as glitter, jewels, beads, markers or any other craft supplies you have on hand.
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Crowns fit for pretend kings and queens are easy to make out of foam. Draw a large rectangle on a sheet of foam, at least 2 or 3 inches long from top to bottom. Instead of drawing the top rectangle line straight across, make it a zigzag with the centre point higher than the others. Cut out the shape, staple, glue or stitch the two sides together and you have a basic foam crown hat. For a fitted crown, measure the wearer's head with a tape measure before drawing the template, and make the crown 1 inch longer than the measurement to account for the overlap when you put the two sides together. Instead of making a zigzag top pattern, try something a little more fancy, such as peaks with trefoil tips. Decorate the crown with a strip of faux fur or jewels and some craft glue for an extra-special touch.
Making a wizard hat out of a long, rectangular sheet of foam is easy. Grab the side edges of the foam sheet and pull them down and around so that a cone is formed. Staple, glue or stitch the edges in place. For a more intricate foam hat, make a headband at least 2 inches thick by cutting out a rectangle long enough to wrap around the wearer's head, then glue or stitch the sides together. Cut a large foam rectangle and glue or stitch it into the inside front portion of the headband. Decorate the hat with glitter and stars to complete the look, or turn it into a princess hat by gluing long strands of curled ribbon to the top of the cone or triangle.
Foam visors are not only fun to create, they also make a great hat for keeping the sun out of youngsters' eyes during backyard or pool play. Cut a rectangle long enough to wrap around the wearer's head, along with a "U"-shaped bill, out of foam. Form a headband out of the rectangle by gluing or stitching the two side ends together, then glue or stitch the bill portion of the visor perpendicular to the lower portion of the headband, about 1/4 inch up from the bottom.
Holiday-inspired foam hats make for an unusual, festive craft. Start out by making a headband out of a rectangular piece of foam, at least 2 inches thick from top to bottom. Draw and cut out a holiday shape from another piece of foam. Glue or stitch it into the inner front portion of the headband. Some ideas for holiday hats include jack-o-lantern hats, heart hats, Christmas tree hats or snowman hats. Decorate hats with glitter or markers in holiday colours for an extra-festive touch.
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