Kids love playing dress-up. Whether it's a costume of their favourite hero, what they want to be when they grow up or a fantasy creature, dressing up allows a child's imagination to soar. Hats are a fun and easy way to change a look instantly---your child puts on a hat an instantly turns into a wizard, fairy princess or pirate!
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Start with a gardening hat or straw hat. Cut out flower and butterfly shapes in different sizes and colours from felt squares. Use bright pom-poms for the centre of the flowers and pipe cleaners for the antennae of the butterflies. Glue the flowers and butterflies onto the hat to make a fun and colourful hat to celebrate spring or use as an Easter hat.
Using a supermarket paper bag, roll the top of the bag down to form a brim, but don't roll the bag too much---you want the hat to have height, like a Mad Hatter's hat. Turn the bag upside down so the bottom of the bag is the top of the hat. Decorate the bag hat with pom-poms, feathers, pictures cut from magazines, shapes from construction paper, and anything else around the house---let your child be as creative and unique as he wants to be! This project is a great group activity, with kids voting for best hat.
If your child likes fantasy books, make him a wizard hat. Roll a large piece of purple or blue felt into a cone shape and glue it together with fabric glue. Cut star and crescent moon shapes out of silver or gold lame fabric and glue them on. Top the hat with a metallic pom-pom or streamers. Make a matching magic wand by wrapping felt onto a plain wooden dowel. Glue the ends of the felt. Top off the wand with metallic streamers.
Make your princess her very own crown. Draw a crown shape using a pink or white foam sheet. Cut out the crown shape and decorate with jewels, feathers and gold trim. Using a metallic permanent marker or glitter pen, write her name on the crown. Glue the ends of the crown together and present it to her royal highness.
Using three black or brown foam sheets, cut out a three-sided pirate hat shape. Staple or sew the sheets together. Turn up the three brims and staple or sew the brims in place. Using white paint or a white permanent marker, draw a skull-and-crossbones on the hat. Finish the hat with a trail of red and black ribbons with feathers and beads tied to the bottom of the ribbons.
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