How to Make a Paper Plate Hat
Bring a little bit of sunshine indoors on a wet afternoon with this paper plate headpiece. The project involves decoupage, painting, sticking and cutting, so is a great craft project to do with your little ones. When finished, it makes a lovely addition to any dressing-up box.
Suitable for : Beginners
Time needed : 1.5 to two hours
1. Begin by making the rim of the hat. Pierce a hole in the middle of one of the paper plates with a pen, then cutting along to the beginning of the embossed edge in quarters.
2. For ease, cut out the middle, then make snips to the rim of the plate, about a centimetre wide. Fold these tabs back.
3. To make the middle section of the hat, take two pieces of A4 card, lay them next to each other in landscape and tape together. Fold the card in half and in half again lengthways. Secure with masking tape along the bottom to create a thick strip. Bend the strip gently so that it has a curve – to make it easier to attach.
4. Wrap the strip around the rim and stick together with masking tape.
5. To make the top of the hat, take another plate and make snips all along the embossed edge. Fold these snips inwards. Place this on of the body of the hat, with the snips on the inside, and secure with masking tape as before.
6. To decorate the hat, cut up lots of squares of tissue paper. Cover the outside with PVA glue and attach the tissue paper. Cover the whole hat and overlap the squares so that there are no gaps. This doesn’t need to be neat – in fact, it’s better if it isn’t. Cover with another coat of glue.
7. Once the outside is dry, cover the inside of the hat with paint. Trim any excess tissue paper from the rim of the hat.
8. Finally, decorate your hat with stickers, sequins buttons, feathers and so on.
Let the dressing-up commence!