Mad Hatter Hat – A DIY Project

I love crafts. When I was a kid, I got interested in needleworks – sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery (mostly cross-stitching). I even helped my Mom make small items out of popsicle sticks  – like letter holders, pen holders, and photo frames – which we have sold during community bazaars around Christmas time. In my high school days, I learned how to make friendship bracelets out of embroidery threads and have given some of them to family and friends. And about 6-7 years ago, I tried my hand at beadwork. I bought a lot of beads, strings, and even tools including magazines and books (I scoured these from thrift shops) to start me off. I was able to make several earrings that I even wore back in those days. I even dabbled in scrapbooking though that never really took off.

I enjoyed embroidery. As for crocheting and knitting, well, the only thing I learned to make was coasters and center pieces.  I couldn’t even knit anything that is considered easy to make. My brother is actually a whole lot better than I am when it comes to these two crafts. You can check out some of his creations here (although his blog is no longer published and the Facebook page indicated now belongs to someone else).  The beadwork? Well, I still have a lot of beads left in one of my storage boxes after giving most of my stash away. I guess I’ve never really given much time to be good at any of these.

my stash of bead jewelry materials from a long forgotten hobby :)
my stash of bead jewelry materials from a long forgotten hobby 🙂

Fast forward to now. My son is now growing up and will start schooling soon. It means squeezing out some creative juices out of the brain cells before they start frying. LOL, kidding! I realized that once you’re a Mom, as much as possible, you want to make everything your kid would need. From DIY birthday parties, DIY christening, DIY photoshoot, even school projects we tend to have the urge to do it for them… You just have that urge to DIY everything! And with Halloween just around the corner, I’m sure that Moms everywhere are already scouring ideas from Google or Pinterest on what their kids will be dressed like for the Trick or Treat activities. Just like what I did.

Last Saturday, we attended Mommy Bloggers Philippines’ Halloween Party and the theme was Mad Hatter Party. This was my second year to attend as well. I never planned on dressing my son as anything (just as I didn’t dress him up in a costume the last time). I also didn’t have plans of buying a hat and was just thinking of bringing one of his caps for the event. However, on Friday evening, I had the impulse to make one for the little boy, just so he can participate in the activities prepared. Good thing that the nearby mall was open until midnight and I got there 15 minutes before closing. I bought the little boy his own Halloween basket from the toy store then rushed to the bookstore to buy cartolina, art paper and glue.

It was a good thing that I remembered I still have a box of unused scrapbooking materials and decided to use it for designing. I gave myself an hour to finish it. I actually finished the hat in 1.5 hours. J Not bad for someone who’s not done something like this.

The proportions weren’t even but then it’s art. It’s not supposed to have proportions. LOL! I’m really bad at designing things. I didn’t know what to do with the paper string so I just wrapped it around the failed boarder transfer thingy, added the word “happy” for lack of other words to use (though now that I think about it, I should have formed “mad hatter”), and then wrapped one of my scarves around. There you go, my own variation of a mad hatter hat. 😛

my version of the mad hatter hat :P
my version of the mad hatter hat 😛

Unfortunately, the little boy didn’t want to wear it. Haha! He’s not too fond of hats now.

the stage momma in me appears to be waking up here… 😛
“Mum, no, I don’t wanna wear that!” 😛

My rushed artwork didn’t win but I sure had a lot of fun doing it. Let’s see what my next DIY project will be. Something for Christmas, maybe? We’ll see.

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