When you have craft foam you have a world of fun right at your fingertips! The flat, colorful foam is inexpensive and perfect for making all sorts of things around your house. If Halloween is approaching, you can use the foam to make kids’ costumes, but if not, you can make the hats to wear for dressup play. You’ll find the foam in dozens of colors and styles – from glittery to neon to pastels. Purchase the foam by the pack and you’ll have plenty to make many different hats.
Make one type of hat by simply turning a sheet of the foam into a cone shape. Trim around the bottom edge of the cone to make it even. Tape or glue to secure. These hats can be decorated in so many different ways. Glue pom-poms down the front, and a larger one on top, to make a clown hat. Attach a tassel to the point of the cone to make something completely different. Add fake jewels to a pink, purple or white hat to make a princess hat for a little girl. Or, attach cheap, fake hair to the point to create a Victorian arrangement. The possibilities are endless!
Make a different hat by cutting a wide band to fit around the child’s head. Tape or glue the ends of the band together. Now set the band circle on another piece of the foam to create a top circle for the hat. Before cutting this piece, glue or tape the circle to the band, on the inside. Trim away the excess from the circle and the hat is complete. Decorate it in a fun way by adding a Styrofoam ball to the top, center, or even glue on plastic bats, bugs and other creatures.
A partial list of things you can use with the foam to create new hats include buttons, pipe cleaners, sequin, lace, stickers, ribbon, shoe strings, glitter, appliques, felt shapes, foam shapes, cord, a single drawer knob, fake flowers, cotton balls and even beads. Use them to make cute designs, silly styles and even holiday arrangements. Craft stores are full of small miniatures and novelties that work well towards creating Halloween hats and more.
Hot glue works well to secure the hats, but if you use hot glue, let adults apply the glue when small kids are making the hats. While they’re at it the adults can make a hat for themselves. After all, there will always be another Halloween coming!