When Jacob was born we started a massive baby hat collection. He was born in May so there was ample opportunity to make him wear adorable golf hats and baseball caps before he was old enough to protest. Keith had been born in February, and spent most of his first months in winter hats. He was never fond of baseball caps until he got a little older and wanted to be just like daddy. It must be a winter birthday thing, because Michael is the same hat resistant way Keith was. All my cute baby hats are going to waste.
Any and every way I can get Jacob a hat I do. What better way to start off our Valentine’s Day crafting than to make a Valentine’s Day hat from Paper Plates? We have a bunch of paper plate laying around from Christmas time when we were stocked with Total Home plates. We pulled them back out to make this fun and festive hat. I handed the toddler markers and the plate and let him get busy decorating. I don’t know what he drew but when he asked if I liked it I told him I loved it. I do.
After Jacob was done coloring his beautiful design. I lightly drew a heart outline in pencil and cut it out, making sure that the bottom of the “v” part of the heart was not cut and remained attached to the plate rim. I folded the heart up and continued cutting around the rim of the hat so that the plate would fit on Jacob’s head. I cut and measured a few times to be sure it wasn’t too big. I can always cut more plate away, but I cannot uncut it.
This quick, funa nad easy craft took the same amount of time it took to load the dishwasher. I handed him the supplies before I loded it up, and by the time I was done he was done drawing. For older kids you can cut out the hat first, and have them draw pictures on the heart, but for toddlers who make everything a scribble our method made the most sense!