How to Make a Mad Hatter Top Hat for Kids

by Erin Ringwald
Use poster board to create the hat shape.

Use poster board to create the hat shape. Images

The Mad Hatter, one of the characters Alice meets in her adventures through Wonderland, is easily recognizable. His dress, like his whole demeanor, is disheveled and jumbled. Regardless if your child is enamored with the 2010 live-action movie, the 1951 Disney animated movie, or the book itself, a top hat is the key element to creating a Mad Hatter costume.

Items you will need

  • Poster board
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Flocking fibers
  • Craft glue
  • 2-inch ribbon
  • 4-by-6-inch white card stock
  • Black marker
Step 1

Wrap a piece of poster board around the child's head. Mark where the ends overlap one another. Remove the poster board, and secure it into the rolled shape using hot glue along the line where the pieces overlapped. Cut the height of the poster board to 18 inches.

Step 2

Trace the shape of the poster board tube onto a second piece of poster board. Trace a second circle around the first, 3 inches wider. Cut the outside circle out using scissors. Cut the inner circle out using a box cutter. Use the outer circle for the brim and the inner circle for the top of the hat.

Step 3

Place the inner circle on your workspace, and place the tube on top. Attach the inner circle to the tube by applying hot glue on the inside of the tube where it meets the circle. Let the glue dry for three to five minutes.

Step 4

Attach the outer circle to the bottom of the tube by applying hot glue along the edge of the outer circle where it meets the tube. Let the glue dry for three to five minutes.

Step 5

Brush craft glue on the outside surface of the hat, and dust the flocking fibers on or use a spray applicator. Let the flocking sit for three to five hours or until dry.

Step 6

Cut a piece of 2-inch-thick ribbon long enough to wrap around the hat once with a 1-inch overlap. Apply hot glue to one end of the ribbon. Position the ribbon against the bottom edge of the hat, resting the bottom edge of the ribbon against the brim of the hat. Wrap the ribbon around the hat, and apply hot glue to the loose end. Press it against the hat. Let the glue dry for three to five minutes.

Step 7

Align a 4-by-6-inch piece of white card stock vertically on your workspace. Write "In this style 10/6" on the card stock using a black marker. Insert the card stock under the ribbon on the hat. If desired, apply hot glue to the back of the card to secure it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add additional details, such as hatpins, as desired.

Photo Credits

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