Wizard hat decorating activity
For our recent combined kids birthday party at the train museum, we hired a magician to provide the entertainment. I thought it would be fun to also have a wizard hat-decorating activity leading up to the magic show. It wasn't easy, it took me about 3-4 hours to sew about 25 black felt wizard hats. But after that, it was pretty easy peasy. So if you don’t find sewing therapeutic (oh how I love the whirring of the machine), please don’t bother with this. It is a labor of love.
I followed these instructions to make the hats, but reduced one layer on the brim to make it easier to sew. (Yes, requires sewing machine).
For the decoration materials, we purchased:
Soft felt, multi-color pack ($10)
For younger kids, you could pre-cut some stars and moons so they can have a head-start
Individual pen-sized tacky craft glue to reduce mess ($25/25 pens)
Westcott blunt craft scissors ($12/12 pack) but we brought ours from home
Paperplates to hold supplies at each station/table
Set up craft stations using paper plates and let the kids get to work!
The event turned out to be a huge hit with the kids, and even with the parents really getting into decorating the hats. I have heard that the kids have continued to play with their hats during dress-up at home.