Halloween isn’t the only day for dressing up. Tap into your creative side any time of year by making a hat. They make great additions to your costume box because they can serve as a full costume on their own—no snaps, zippers, buttons, tight leotards or confusing ties to figure out. With that in mind, we’ve dug up some simple, fun and totally crazy hat ideas that’ll make your day.

photo: Gabby Cullen

1. A cool cowboy hat. 
This cowboy hat is an easy craft you can make with your kids. Say giddy up and grab the tutorial by clicking here.

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2. A Hat That’s a Mask
Make a hat that also doubles as a mask. Use construction paper to create your top hat, and cut out glasses, nose and a mouth. Affix it all together with glue or tape. Lastly, you’ll need something sturdy to hold up your mask hat.

photo: Alpha Mom

3. Bunny Hat
Your kids will be hoppin’ around in no time with this super simple craft. Directions from our friend Alpha Mom call for scissors, one pink marker, and one paper plate. The site offers other great ideas for paper plate hats like decorative crowns and heart hats so check it out.

4. Octopus Hat
Next time you get a package that has bubble wrap save it and use it to make this eight-legged sea creature. Peering through the pink legs, your kiddo will drift off into her own little world under the sea! All you need is paper, glue, bubble wrap, googly eyes and paint. Special thanks to Sarah from Pencils & Glue for this great idea. 

photo: Having Fun at Home

5. Rainbow Hat from Egg Carton
Rainbow Queens? Rainbow Fishies? Flowers? Make these colorful egg carton crowns and see how they brighten up your kiddos’ day. Having Fun at Home has the 411 on how to make this colorful hat—all you need is paint, an egg carton, and a ribbon for the tie.

photo: Tippytoe Crafts

6. Shark Attack Hat
For the shark and sea monster enthusiast that wishes he could breathe underwater, this hat’s for you. There is a lot of scissor work involved so be prepared to help a bit if your kid isn’t an expert cutter. All you need is blue construction paper, markers, glue, and a stapler. Head over to Tippytoe Crafts for the tutorial.

7. Flower Crown
With this flower crown, your kiddos will escape to the jungles of Tarzan and Jane. This craft is for the older kiddos who can tie their shoes cause you need good finger dexterity. Make shorter or longer chains for necklaces or bracelets. Find the tutorial over at Willow Day.

8. Crab Hat
Even though the summer is far far away, the kids can still imagine that they’re rollin’ in the waves enjoying the warm weather. All you need for this crab hat is red construction paper, paper bowl, clothespins, red paint, black construction paper for the smile (or just a black marker), and foam balls for the eyes. Find out how to make your own by clicking here.

9. Ladybug Cap
You need black and white paint for this … oh, and a red baseball cap but the good news is that you can get one on Amazon for just $3.99! And why not … it’s so cute and it’s durable! See the tutorial over at Crafts by Amanda.



10. Snowflake Hat
There are simple templates for this winter crown and all you need is blue construction paper, two white pipe cleaners, pencil, scissors, tape, white tissue paper, and white thread. Optional craft supplies are stickers, markers, glitter or gel pens to decorate! See the how-to over at DLTK11. Cute Baby Moose
This is for the crafty mom who is good with needle and thread. Transform an old sweatshirt or winter hat into a moose costume and let your little one explore his wild side. You will need stuffing and some cheap white gloves! Get the directions over at The Dragons Fairy Tail



Are your kids into hat crafts? Share with us in a comment below. 


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