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Taking Out the Trash

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Author's Note: I'm still trying to add images to this series, but there have been some complications. Hopefully, it will be sorted out by next week. Thanks for your patience!


Big ones, small ones, short ones, tall ones, old ones, new ones, red ones, blue ones . . . I think I'm starting to sound like Dr. Seuss!

They come in all shapes and sizes. Everything from your oh-so-dramatic broad-brimmed sun hat to your classic stocking cap with the little ball of fuzz at its end. Since there are endless varieties of headwear, I've decided to have each of the crafts designed for specific kinds of caps. So, get out your thinking cap and - no, don't put it on silly! Start decorating!

Coming Up Roses
(For straw hats)

Find a flower pot just a little smaller than the inside of your hat. Next, trace the outline of the hat's brim onto a piece of felt and cut it out. Cut a hole in the center of the felt, just big enough for the flower pot to show through. Make sure that the rim of the flower pot stays hidden! Using cotton balls (or a similar material) line the inside of the hat. Keep adding them until the flower pot fits inside snugly. Fill the flower pot with soil, plant some seeds, and place it inside among the cotton balls. Then glue the piece of felt down around the brim of the hat. Decorate with glitter glue or more felt, and put it in a sunny place!

The Mad Hatter
(For stocking caps)

Stuff the very top section of the hat with cotton balls, and seal it off with a rubber band. This will be the hat of your puppet. Sew on buttons or glue on some yarn to make the face. Take the brim of the hat and pull it inside, toward the rubber band. At this point, you may want to add more cotton balls to the inside - be careful though, because it may get tricky. Tuck the brim of the hat into the area sealed by the rubber band. Then pop the puppet onto your hand. To keep it secure there, use a hair elastic (or something similar) as a belt for the puppet. If you make enough of these, you can act out your own Potter Puppet Pals!

Baby's Baseball Bib
(For baseball caps)

Caution: Do not attempt to put the finished piece around the neck of a real person.

Cut a large hole through the center of the baseball cap. Extend it toward the brim and along its edge, but make sure to leave about an inch or so of fabric. Decorate the "bib" with fabric paint, or leave it as is if you prefer. It looks great on toy dolls, or as part of a miniature dining set. Bon appetit!

Credit for this week's idea goes to allyally6! If you want to see your suggestion in my next article, y-mail me.

"I take my hat off to you - or I would, if I were not afraid of showering you with spiders."


Author's Note: Quote by J.K. Rowling.


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