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Wizard hat decorating activity

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.

  1. 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).

  2. For the decoration materials, we purchased:

    1. Soft felt, multi-color pack ($10)

      1. For younger kids, you could pre-cut some stars and moons so they can have a head-start

    2. Individual pen-sized tacky craft glue to reduce mess ($25/25 pens)

    3. Multi-color craft pom-poms ($6)

    4. Westcott blunt craft scissors ($12/12 pack) but we brought ours from home

    5. Paperplates to hold supplies at each station/table

  3. 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.

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