How To Make A Newspaper Hat
My girls had a "wear trash to school day" last year and I made them these hats and also made them some skirts to wear to school. The hats were so much fun to make and so very easy! My kids LOVE making them so I thought I would share them with you.
You start with 3 pages of newspaper
Spread them out on the table or the floor (whichever is easier). You want the bottom one going one way, the next making a "t" across the first then the next two going diagonal, one on each corner, to make it look almost like a circle.
Next you need to form the "dome" of the hat. I just pick up the for sheets of newspaper and put it on top of my kids' head so that way I know it will fit. You can use a large bowl or something else that is round or the shape you want your hat to be. You then tape around the base of the hat, where you want it to hold it's dome shape.
Next you roll the edges of the newspaper. I started in the back. Sometimes this isn't as easy as it looks because the paper wants to move or it's not shaping right but it's paper, you can form it almost any way you want. I have my kids put their hands on their heads to hold the newspaper on and start rolling. One part at a time, all the way around their heads.
Once you are done rolling it should hold form on its own. You shouldn't need any tape or nothing to keep the sides rolled up but if it does need a little more support then put a little tape on the underside where you might need it.
Next comes the super fun part! Take out some paint and a brush or two. Let your kids choose the color they want their hat and let them paint it. You do have to make sure they know not to push too hard because it will collapse the hat in. My kids LOVE to paint so this is something they do without even asking!
When they are done painting, let the hat sit out to dry. Takes a couple hours and sometimes might even need an over night dry depending on how your kids use the paint. After it is dry use a glue gun to attach some ribbon and any other things they would like on their hats and then you are done!!!
What a fun and easy project this is :) Hope you can get some use out of it and your kids love it as much as mine do!!!!