Jayme Woods

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Make Your Own Mary Poppins Hat

In celebration of a jolly holiday (i.e. the release of Saving Mr. Banks), I’ve decided it’s time to unleash this on the world:

If you’re looking for a craft that’s practically perfect in every way, this Mary Poppins hat takes about 40 minutes (including time to obsessively photograph for the blog). You’ll need:

*Cardstock (black and white)
*Scissors
*Tape
*Hot Glue Gun
*Optional: any other decorations you’d like (plastic cranberries, etc.)

A compass is useful for drawing circles, but two pencils with a string tied between them will also do the trick.

(1) Tape two pieces of cardstock together (one side only).

tape cardstock

(2) Draw one circle as largely as you can on the paper. Draw a second circle inside the first, leaving a couple of inches for the brim. Now is the time to make sure your head will fit the hole. The hat I’m making is perfect for a large teddy bear. If you want to wear it yourself, reduce the rim width and voilà! Person-sized hat. 🙂

circles

(3) Cut out the inner circle. It’s best if you use the tape bend to start the cut. If possible, leave this inner circle in one piece. It will become the top of the finished hat.

Admit it. You have scissor envy right now ;)

Admit it. You have scissor envy right now 😉

(4) Cut out the larger circle. If possible, leave the blank areas on either side of the circle intact. They will become the body of the finished hat.

What you have should now look like this:

pieces

And this:

pieces2

(5) Remove the straight edges on either side of the remaining black cardstock. These pieces will connect the brim to the top of the hat. I call them the “body” of the hat.

body pieces

(6) Fold the body pieces along their longer edges to make lips of about half an inch. Make sure the folds face opposite directions (outward for the brim and inward for the top). Don’t listen to the picture below! I initially made these lips a quarter inch and the finished hat turned out WAY too tall.

folds

(7) Tape the body pieces together. Make sure the folds match up (outward/outward, inward/inward).

body taped

(8) Snip approximately every half inch along the lips. This will make them easier to tape into place.

(9) Tape everything together, making sure all tape faces the inside of the hat. This will hide the tape when the hat is worn. I suggest starting with the top and moving to the brim.

tape

(10) Flip it over and press the top into the sides a bit so it doesn’t look so angular.

Before:

before

After:

after

(11) Print or sketch a few daisies on the white cardstock. Don’t worry about making them perfect. Real flowers aren’t perfectly symmetrical. I also prefer to layer two “flowers” on top of each other for a 3D effect.

flowers

(12) Hot glue decorations as desired.

hat

Let everything dry, grab an umbrella, and you’re good to go!

bear

Wishing everyone a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!

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