Kids Craft: Earth Day Hat 2014

Every year, my daughter's school hosts an "Earth Day Hat" competition. Kids are encouraged to use materials from home, and work with their parents to create a hat from 'recycled items'. Since Kindgergarten, Afton has loved this friendly 'craft competition'. The past two years, we have used mostly newspaper to create her looks (see links to her past hats at the end of this post) and happily she has won 'best hat' for her class each year.

This year, we felt we needed to change it up a bit. I found this tutorial on Pinterest (see here) for a top hat made from cardboard. I showed it to Afton and she liked it--but had her own idea as well :)

She told me she was imagining something more like the hat that "Sofia the First" wears with her Aunt Tilly. (Which was easy to make using the same steps pictured above!)

So we set to work and made this hat. The brim is from a pizza box, the sides are from a Ritz cracker box, and the top is from a package of Capri Suns. Then she cut up several of my magazines to make a "Plant Earth" mosiac on the top.

She decorated the sides with words from an old Glamour magazine. And the streamers in the back-- those are from the newspaper. Since her school will be in the midst of state testing on Earth Day, the competition was held on Friday. And happily, she won again :)

Who needs 'Crafting with the Stars" when you have an elementary school "Earth Day Hat" competition?! Her prize was a plastic ball and the great feeling that comes with making something crafty!

See our Past "Earth Day Hats":
2012- see more (here)


Happy Earth Day!

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