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.

It’s Also 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. We are partial to wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks or even a branch you find on your next nature walk.

photo: anjanettew via flickr

Bunny Hat
Your little bunnies 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 plat hats like decorative crowns and heart hats so check it out.

Octopus Hat
Next time you get a package with 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. A special thanks to Sarah from Pencils & Glue for this great idea. 

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.

Shark Attack Hat
For the shark and sea monster enthusiast that wishes he could breathe under water, this hat’s for you. There is a lot off scissor work involved so be prepared to help a bit if your kid isn’t an expert cutter. Scroll down to the Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from Tippytoe crafts for pictures and directions. All you need is blue construction paper, markers, glue, and a stapler.

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.

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, clothes pins, red paint, black construction paper for the smile (or just a black marker), and foam balls for the eyes.

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 $6.99! And why not…it’s so cute and it’s durable!

Campfire Hats
The kiddos will love this hat because it comes with a snack (score!). If your kids are the “can’t sit still” type the marshmallows will surely keep them interested in this project. Gather some construction paper and some small twigs from the back yard and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a campfire hat!

Snowflake Hat
This frosty headdress will delight any fan of snow and turn them into ice princes and princesses or blue aliens from a frozen planet in another galaxy. 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!

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!

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—Parham B




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