New Year Top HAt Craft for KidsOn New Year’s Eve, a festive hat often completes a dressed-up ensemble. Go beyond the usual party hat silhouette with this DIY top hat from writer Karen Perkins that is understated, yet chic, and still easy to pull together. Younger kids can make this hat using a simple paper cup wrapped in black paper decorated with stickers and glitter.

New Year’s Eve Top Hat Craft Supplies:

  • Clean, empty can such as those for coffee or baby formula
  • Cardboard
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Extra felt and glitter for accessories

Step 1: Trace the bottom of a large empty can onto a piece of cardboard. Draw another circle around it about 1 1/2 inches away. Cut along both circles so you end up with an o-shaped ring of cardboard. Save the inside of the circle.

Step 2: Remove the top from your can, and cover it with a strip of black felt approximately three inches wider than the height of the can. The open end of the can should be flush with one edge of the felt.

Step 3: Fold the extra felt onto the can similar to wrapping a gift. Secure with hot glue.

Step 4: Place the center cardboard circle onto black felt and cut out a circle slightly larger that the cardboard.

Step 5: Fold the felt over the edge of the cardboard circle securing with hot glue on the bottom. Glue this piece on top of the can.

Step 6: Use the same wrapping technique for the ring of cardboard.

Step 7: Glue the wrapped ring to the bottom of the can when finished. Since it is wider than the can, you get the appearance of a top hat shape.

Personalize the hat by using glitter chenille stems to form 2011. Hot glue them to the top of the hat. We also added ribbon along the brim and a decorative felt flower.

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  2. I love the hat…looks great!

    Carolyn said on December 31, 2010

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