Arts & Crafts: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Posted on Mar 2 2013 - 5:51pm by Mommy Posh


When picking Lil B up from preschool  I was greeted with the cutest invention made by the kids…in homage of the Dear Dr. Seusss…a tall, red-and-white striped hat which we all know that was worn by the main character in Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” story.  Cute, right?

Looking to create your own version of the “Cat in the Hat” hat…here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large sheets of red and white construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape or Staples

1. Lay down one piece of red 12-by-18-inch construction paper as the hat’s base. Cut two strips of white 2 1/2-by-18-inch pieces of construction paper. Glue the white strips horizontally onto the red piece, placing one white strip 2 inches from the bottom edge and one white strip 2 inches from the top edge.

2. Bend the base piece to create a tube. Glue the two 12-inch sides together.

3. Stand the tube on another piece of red construction paper. Trace around the tube to create a circle. Stand the tube on a white piece of construction paper and trace around it to make a circle.

4. Make the top of the hat by drawing a second line around the outside of the red circle, about 1 inch larger than the traced line. Cut around the large circle. Cut horizontal slits every inch, snipping from the outside edge of the circle to the inside line. Bend down to create tabs. Place the top of the hat on top of the tube and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube to secure.

5. Make the brim of the hat by drawing a larger circle around the white circle. Draw the line about 3 inches from the traced line. Draw another line 1 inch inside the traced line. Cut along the inner and the outer lines. Make tabs by snipping from the inner cut edge to the line as instructed in previous step. Glue the tabs to the bottom of the hat on the inside of the tube.

6. Crush the hat slightly to give it a rumpled appearance.


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