My daughter had crazy hat day at her preschool and OF COURSE I couldn’t just let her go into school with a regular hat. We had this hat in her dress up clothes that was perfect. I didn’t want to permanently ruin it so she could use it again so we crafted it accordingly. Here is our crazy hat day idea.
- Straw Sun Hat
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pen or Pencil
- Duct Tape
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Craft Flowers, Butterflies, and Bugs
I gave my daughter a pen and taught her how to wrap the pipe cleaners around them to make them squiggly. She absolutely LOVED doing this and this task pretty much kept her occupied the entire time. I stuck random colored pipe cleaners into the hat about two inches in and bent the ends. Some we made squiggly, some zigzagged, and some in shapes my daughter made up.
Once the pipe cleaners were all in, we took pieces of duct tape and taped down the pipe cleaners onto the inside of the hat. This kept them stable and sturdy. I traced a bowl and cut out a circle to put on the inside so it was soft. I used hot glue to stick it in. Make sure the hot glue does not go onto the hat directly if you want to keep it.
Lastly, we added craft flowers, butterflies, and a caterpillar. It turned out great and held up throughout an entire day and then some of preschool.
Here it is!