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.

Paper Sailor Hat

Ahoy, matey! This is one of the easiest hat crafts of them all—a paper sailor hat. You'll need newspaper, and, if you want to get fancy, scotch tape. Head over to How Stuff Works to get the details. 

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Cretaceous Crown

They're already obsessed with Jurassic World everything, so up your pretend play game with this adorable DIY paper dinosaur hat. It's easy to make, and you already have everything you need. Stomp over to Cutting Tiny Bites to learn how to cut, glue and assemble your way to your very own spiked dino hat.

Medieval Crown Craft

This craft from First Palette is fit for the pint-sized royalty in your life. With construction paper, crepe paper, and as much sequin bling as you can find, you'll have a new addition to the dress-up bin. Head here for the full instructions.

photo: Gabby Cullen

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

Ladybug Hat

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.

Snowflake Hat

There are simple templates for this winter crown and all you need is blue construction paper, two white pipe cleaners, a 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 DLTK

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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