You can do more with a newspaper than just read it. You can use it to make a hat . . . and wear it! It's as easy as one, two, three. All you need are some recycled newspapers, basic art supplies and a roll of masking tape. Put the hat on your head for July holiday celebrations, family reunions or just for fun.
BASIC DIRECTIONS: Open a sheet of newspaper and place it on your head. Set a second sheet over the first, going in the opposite direction. Place your hand on the top of your paper-covered head while another person wraps masking tape in a circle, starting at your forehead and creating a band of tape around your head. Wrap tape around twice. Roll up all edges of newspaper toward you to create a brim. Finished!Now it's time to decorate. Pick a theme such as one of the following:
GARDENING HAT: Glue empty seed packets above the brim to create an eye-catching band. In between the packets, glue miniature plastic fruits and vegetables and a rubber worm.
TEA PARTY HAT: Glue silk or fresh flowers and leaves around the hat. Attach streamers of ribbons and lace to the back. For added flourish, add wide ribbon to tie under your chin.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE HAT: Using poster paints, paint the bowl of the hat blue. Paint the brim in red and white stripes. Let dry. Squeeze household glue in star shapes over the blue portion and sprinkle with silver or gold glitter. Let dry and shake off excess glitter. Attach a paper flag to the side.
Tip: For a family reunion, decorate hat to represent the flag of your state or country of origin.
WACKY HAT: Paint designs in bright colors. Let dry. Wrap several pipe cleaners around your finger to form spirals. Glue the end of each pipe cleaner randomly around the hat so they spring out. Attach charms, flowers or beads to the ends.
SAFARI HAT: Paint with leopard spots, zebra stripes or camouflage designs. Glue plastic spiders, dried moss and leaves around the brim.