This St. Patrick's Day no-sew craft is just for fun, but totally over the top! After we made a shamrock shirt for our dolls, we couldn’t resist a festive St. Patrick’s Day hat to finish the look. This one is easy and cute to make, and goes on as a headband!
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• Green, black, and tan or gold colored cardstock
• Scrap of green felt
• A compass for drawing circles
• Various glues (I ended up only using Elmer’s glue and hot glue)
• Gold glitter
• Elastic (or optional hairpins)
• Gold or silver metallic pipe cleaners (optional)
Ok, let's get started...
Step 1: Our first step is to draw some shapes on our green cardstock. I drew one circle that is 3 inches in diameter, another circle 2 inches in diameter with another circle 1.5 inches in diameter inside of it, and a strip along the side that is 2 3/4 inches wide with another line drawn at 2.5 inches. Cut out the 3 inch circle, the 2 inch outer circle, and the strip of cardstock at the 2.5 inch line mark. Take the time now to also cut out a 2 inch circle of the green felt, using your cardstock piece as a template to cut it out. Set this aside for later. Then cut the long strip of cardstock to be 5.5 inches long.
Step 2: Using the smaller, interior circle as a guide, make little cuts about 1/4 inch apart all the way around your 2 inch circle, stopping at the inner circle. Do the same on your strip of cardstock, making little cuts stopping at the 2.5 inch line. Fold all your little cuts into the circle and up on the cardstock strip.
Step 3: Using hot glue and working quickly, glue the folded edge of the circle to the very top of the 5.5 inch strip of cardstock, along the uncut edge. I did this small sections at a time, ending with putting glue along the short edge of the cardstock strip and gluing the top part of the hat closed, making the crown and top of the hat.
Step 4: Using the gold or tan cardstock, measure out a square that is 1 1/4 inches tall and wide, and draw lines 1/4 inside those lines, making a 1 inch square within the 1 ¼ inch square. Cut on the outer lines. Now cut out the center square made by the 1/4 inch markings. I did this by folding the square in half one way and cutting two sides, then folding the other way and cutting the remaining two sides.
Step 5: Using your Elmer’s glue, apply an even layer of gold glitter, and set aside to dry. Cut a strip from the black cardstock that is ¾ of an inch wide by 5.5 inches. Once the glue under the glitter is dry, glue the gold “buckle” right at the center on the black strip of cardstock, making sure the buckle sticks out evenly at the top and bottom.
Step 6 (optional): I thought it would be fun to have a sparkly shamrock stick out of the hat band, so I bent a metallic pipe cleaner into a shamrock shape. If you think about it, it is just a stem with three hearts coming out of it. :-) Using the hot glue, glue the hat band to the crown of the hat, just above the brim, and stick your pipe cleaner shamrock in there as you go, so there will be room for it.
Step 7: Cut a piece of elastic 13 inches long. Make a 1 inch overlap in the ends and sew it closed. Conversely, you could tie a knot in your elastic, leaving a 12 inch circumference circle. Lay your elastic on the center bottom of the hat, keeping in mind which way the front of the hat faces. The elastic should go from side to side in relation to the front of the hat. Using your hot glue again, apply glue in a circle shape, but avoid getting it on the elastic.
Step 8: Lay the circle of felt you cut out earlier over the glue, and press together completely and firmly while it cools a bit. *If you’d rather use hair pins, omit the elastic and cut little slits in the felt to slip the pins through before you glue the felt circle to the bottom of the hat.
Ta-da!! Now your hat is done!! Once all the hot glue has completely cooled and hardened, put it on your doll and try it out set to one side - wow, she looks so stylish!
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