can count on our shiny hats to make the ideal toppers for a New
Double-sided foam tape
Thumbtack Soft elastic thread (22 inches long)
2 large paper clips
Shiny metallic pipe cleaners
Shiny metallic pom-poms
To make a cone-shaped hat, cut a semicircle with
a 14-inch diameter from the poster board. Roll it into a cone,
adjust its size to fit the child, and seal the seam with
double-sided foam tape.
To make a chin strap, use the thumbtack to poke a
hole through each side of the hat near the bottom, thread one end of
the elastic through each hole, and knot a few times to secure it.
To make a headband-style hat, cut out a strip of
poster board about 26 inches long and 3 to 7 inches wide (depending
on your design). Cut a decorative design along one edge of the
strip, fit it around the child's forehead, and secure the seam with
two large paper clips.
To decorate the hats, wrap pipe cleaners around
pom-poms to make antennae or coil them around a pen to make spirals.
To attach a pipe cleaner decoration to the hat, use the thumbtack to
poke a hole through the hat, push 1 inch of the pipe cleaner through
the hole to the inside of the hat, and duct-tape it down. Attach
pom-poms to the hat with double-sided foam tape.
glass jar with tight fitting lid
distilled water, or boil some water and use when cool
white or silver glitter, of fake snow crystals
clear silicone sealant (a tube of aquarium sealant is great)
small waterproof ornament or figurine
plastic jar lid, to fit inside the jar as a base to elevate the
ornament within the jar (or florists clay)
another plastic jar lid, or wooden circle, a bit larger than your
jar lid, to use as a stand (optional)
acrylic paint for the ornament stand, in your choice of color
If you find that the ornament needs to be elevated somewhat to be
properly visible within the globe, use a small plastic bottle lid to
create a base. If the ornament is high enough to view clearly, use
silicone or aquarium sealant to glue the ornament firmly to its plastic
base, then glue the base lid to the center of the inverted globe lid.
Allow this assembly to dry and set, using the cure time recommended by
the sealant manufacturer. Use another small jar to test the snow fall.
Fill the test jar with distilled water, or boiled water that has cooled,
then add a scant teaspoon of glitter. Put the lid on and shake it to see
if you like the effect. If the snow is too sparse, add a little more
glitter. Add a few drops of glycerin and test it again. The glycerin
should slow the rate of the snow fall quite nicely. Working over a sink,
pour the water and glitter into the globe jar, filling it to the very
top. Invert the ornament assembly into the water and screw the lid into
place. Some water will be displaced and spill over the top of the jar.
Wipe the jar dry and shake it up! You can use the sealant to glue the
jar to a wooden base or another plastic lid, if you like, for extra
stability. Paint the base and the jar lid in your choice of color. Once
the paint is dry, use craft glue to add your choice of Christmas
Christmas coiled rope, a circle of Christmas lace, or whatever you wish
to add as embellishments.