With kids off school for winter break, this fun holiday craft will come in handy: gather some friends for a hat making party! With a few supplies and the tutorials below, the kids will have a blast creating their own character hat—elves, reindeer, or more likely, something with a lot of creative license. The result is quite a cast of characters! These hats are so cute and festive, a little neighborhood caroling may be in order.
We tested this at a local school, our group ranged in age from 3 to 6 years old. They were all very helpful and excited to be involved in the process. Needless to say, being able to assemble their own custom creation was a big hit. (And we love that these hats can easily be recycled when they've been been worn to shreds and it's time to say goodbye.)
Holiday Paper Hat Making Set-up
Below is what we supplied, but use this list as a guideline. Feel free to simplify or add in your own ideas. Use what you have on hand, and try to reuse/ repurpose scrap materials to keep it eco-friendly. We like to craft "fancy" adornments out of scrap pieces of paper, like the holly, flowers, and bows you see below. Depending on the age of your kids, you can involve them in prepping the adornments and folding the hats, or do it ahead of time.
- Paper hats folded using tutorial below
- Paper holly adornments with buttons or pom-poms for berries
- Paper flower adornments
- Elf ears cut out of colored construction paper (download stencil here)
- Reindeer antlers cut out of colored construction paper (download stencil here)
- Paper bow adornments
- Yarn or ribbon ties
- Tools needed: scissors, stapler, hole punch, and double-stick tape (glue dots or a glue stick work, too)
Once the kids are done decorating their hats, use the hole punch to weave yarn or ribbon ties to either side of the hat. Tie under the child's chin, and off they go!
You've seen some of our cast of characters, can't wait to see yours. If you give this idea a go, share your craftiness by tagging @wrappily in your social media photos.
Happy Crafting! And Happy Holidays!