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How to Make Kids' Hats

Puffy Paint Caps

Decorate puffy paint caps to your liking.

Whether you prefer frilly flowers or slithery snakes, puffy paint caps are a great way to show off your creative side.

What You'll Need:

Plain baseball cap


Foam plates

Fabric paints: velveteen-finish white, matte-finish purple (flower); matte- and velveteen-finish green, velveteen-finish red (snake)

Crayons: 1 jumbo, 1 regular

Paper towels


4 inches neon pink plastic tubing, 3/8 inch diameter


Craft glue

Pencil (snake only)

Toothpicks (snake only)

How to Make the Puffy Paint Flower Caps:

Step 1: Pour a small amount of the white and purple fabric paint onto separate foam plates. Use the flat end of a jumbo crayon dipped in velveteen-finish white paint to make dots around the hat for the flowers' centers. Add more paint to the crayon as needed.

Use the flat end of the crayon to apply detail.

Wipe off the crayon with a paper towel, and set aside. Make petals by dipping the flat end of a regular crayon into the matte-finish purple paint. Dot seven or eight times around each flower center. Let dry 24 hours.

Step 2: Ask an adult to help you use an iron to puff up the velveteen-finish paint. Set the iron on steam, and hold it one inch above the surface of those areas that were painted with the velveteen-finish paint until the paint puffs up (do not press the iron to the surface; just let the steam do the work). Let dry 20 minutes.

Cut small pieces of plastic tubing and glue them onto the hat for the flowers' centers. Let the glue dry at least four hours before wearing.

How to Make the Puffy Paint Snake Caps:

Step 1: Pour red and both kinds of green paint onto separate plates. Use the pencil to draw a squiggly line on the hat where you want the snake's body to be. Dip the regular-size crayon in the matte-finish green paint, and make dots along the pencil line until you reach the head area. Wipe off the crayon with a paper towel. Make three slightly overlapping dots with the jumbo crayon and the velveteen-finish green paint for the head.

Wipe off the crayon. Dip the side edge of a toothpick into the red paint, and apply paint onto the hat near the snake's mouth for the tongue. Use another toothpick dipped in the velveteen-finish green to make a tail. Let dry 24 hours.

Step 2: Repeat steps 3 and 4 of the Flower Caps, this time using the plastic tubing for the snake's eyes.

For more creative kids crafts and activities, check out:


Beautiful Berets by Laurie Freehafer

Playful Painter's Caps by Christine DeJulio, Janelle Hayes, and Muriel Spencer