Saturday, December 31, 2011

Printable New Year's Hat Craft for Kids



Create a New Year's Eve Hat for your Kids

I knew when I wanted a cute craft idea for New Year's that I should go straight to DLTK.  Of course, I found a few cute ideas for tonight.  My family is staying home this year to ring in the New Year; however, this craft idea is so simple that it can be prepared and left for a babysitter, too.  What a great project to keep the kiddo's busy and engaged while you're out to dinner or such.

The directions are posted clearly on their site.

A simple construction paper 'hat' the kids have fun making, decorating and wearing!

Materials:

  • white or black construction paper
  • 2 pipe cleaners (we used sparkly gold ones, but any color would work)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • tissue paper (we used gold, but silver, black or white would be great too)
  • thread (we used black)

Instructions:

  • Print template of choice
  • Color as necessary (if using the B&W version)
  • Cut out the template pieces
  • OR freehand cut 4 stars or clocks from construction paper
  • Cut 2 or 3 strips of construction paper about 4" wide and as long as you can make them
  • Tape the pieces end to end to make a really long piece.
  • Wrap around the child's head to measure how long you need and trim off the excess (don't tape into a circle yet).
  • Make 5 or 6 tissue paper flowers and tape to the front of the crown:
    • stack 3 or 4 squares of tissue paper on top of each other (size should be about 4"x4")
    • fan fold (accordion fold) the tissue paper
    • tie tightly in the center with a piece of thread
    • separate the layers one at a time
    • roll a piece of scotch tape to attach the flower to the front of the crown (long construction paper strip)
  • Wrap the pipecleaner around a pencil to make a 'spring' with it. An adult can wrap the first couple loops and then hand it over to the child to finish.
  • Straighten about 1/2 inch of the top and bottom of the spring (so it's easier to do the taping).
  • Repeat with the other pipecleaner.
  • Tape a star or clock onto the top of each pipecleaner. Flip over and glue or tape the 3rd and 4th shape onto the back of the 1st and 2nd (to sandwich the pipecleaner in between the shapes)
  • Tape both pipecleaners to the long piece of construction paper so they either sit at the front of the head or the sides of the head
  • Tape the construction paper ends together to form a crown and put it on!
I'd like to credit their site's creative sharing, so please click here to get the free printable
 activities in either black and white or in color.  It's that simple!

They have tons of other crafty ideas for New Year's, too... just click here!

Happy New Year!

3 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Erin!!!! I'm sorry we didn't get to reconnect about guest-blogging...I'm having an interesting year in school to say the least!! Maybe in 2012?!? :)
    Kristen

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  2. Kristen,

    Happy New Year to you, too!! No worries on the guest-blogging. Let's plan for something cool this summer. :)

    Hugs,

    Erin

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  3. Awesome! I would love to do something this summer!
    Kristen

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