Riley and Mema

Riley and Mema

I love having fun with my grandsons, so much for them to experience and learn.


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How To Make A Fun Hat Out Of Cardboard Crafts

Fit For A Royal Wedding

Kids will love making and wearing this Cardboard Craft hat. This is as easy as it gets to making a fantastic looking hat for a fancy party or dress up occasion. Adapt it to suit your own special occasion.

How do you make a Special Cardboard Craft Hat with bits you have at home when you have a fancy party to go to???

Step 1. Making a Start

Find a piece of cardboard – I used a cereal box, it was already in my cupboard at home.

The cardboard needs to be thick enough to be firm, but still flexible enough to bend.

Cut a circle out of it…

Step 2. Adding Shape

Cut through to the centre of your circle so you can make it into a cone shape.

Staple the cone in place in a head shape.

Holding the base together, staples are more secure than tape or glue.

Make the base the the correct size for your head measurement.

Step 3. Hat Base

Then find some fabric to cover your hat base. (Fabric with some stretch in it works well – I used a velveteen piece I had at home) and staple this over your cardboard.

This creates your hat “base”.

I chose red to give your cardboard craft hat a strong color base. Blend the color of the base in with the decorations that you are using.

Step 4. Keeping it Firm.

Staple all around the edge to make sure it is well attached; and trim excess fabric.

When you are wearing your Hat, be careful that the staples don’t get caught in your hair. Ouch!

Alternatively, you can use glue and give it time to dry.

Step 5. Decorate your hat!!!

Try a flower – my favorite is the Oriental Lily!

Add other decorations – feathers, beads, tulle, ribbons… Whatever you can find!
I stapled things on and tied other bits on.

I didn’t want to use glue as I was needing to wear it straight away!!

Step 6. Adding More Decoration.

Cut a hole in the fabric and cardboard and poke the flower stem (and other decorations) through the hole.

Either staple it in, use sticky tape or stabilize and hold in place with a small piece of cardboard as I have here.  (I couldn’t find any tape!)

Look for other decorations to suit the occasion, that you can use on your hat.

Step 7. Wear it with flair – Fit For A Royal Wedding!!
Use hair clips to keep it in place and try to stay out of the rain.

Painting and Cardboard Craft Display

Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Do you have lots of cardboard crafts and paintings that need to be displayed?  When children go to playgroup and pre-school, they accumulate a large number of paintings and sometimes it is hard to know what to do with them, especially when the budding artist wants to keep them all.  Here are a few suggestions…

Hanging Cardboard Crafts.

We have chosen some string and attached it to two hooks. Choose your hooks according to the type of wall you have. Here we have a painted brick wall and we have glued the hooks to the wall. Make sure the wall is clean, to help the hooks stick better.

Use brightly colored pegs to attach the paintings and cardboard crafts. The pegs can be found at most craft shops or $2 shops.

The paintings can now be proudly displayed for all the see.

Cardboard Craft Wall Collage.

Another way to display a large number of paintings and activities produced by our children is to make up a wall collage.

Here we have used a large mesh or fishing net  which is nailed to the wall between the bricks. We then used paper clips to hold the paintings on.

This is an excellent way to display themed stories, as we’ve done here based on creation, and added pictures of animals and trees.

Cardboard Craft Heart Decoration

This is a very simple cardboard craft, that can we used for many occasions. Hearts can be the same size or different sizes. If you want them all the same size, use the first one as a template and trace around it to make others.

You will need:

  • Thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Paint
  • Paper punch to make holes to thread ribbon through.

To make your very simple cardboard craft heart activity,

  • Cut out as many heart shapes as you desire, on thin cardboard.
  • Add child hand and/or foot print and allow to dry.
  • Thread on glitter ribbon.

You can add your message on the reverse side of the cutout cardboard heart. Makes a lovely gift, personalized for someone special.

Cardboard Craft Christmas Decorations

The lead up to Christmas Day can be a lot of fun when you include children in the planning and preparation. Making cardboard crafts together, to decorate the tree and the house is one way of doing this. Children love to be involved, and to feel important and needed, and that what they do is of value.


  • Thin colored cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Fine string
  • Paper punch (to make hole)

This is a very simple activity that can be used to decorate the tree, or use as a card for a present by writing on the back.  I have used gold and silver cardboard and white string.

Star Decoration.

This decoration looks impressive when finished and yet so very simple.

Use a range of different colored cardboard and different textures and thickness. Make the stars different sizes and space them out a little.

String them together on colored cord or string.

If you have some stars left over, they can also be used to write on and used as tags to go on a Christmas present.

Cardboard Crafts for Christmas

Why buy mass produced Christmas decorations when you can make individually crafted decorations with your children at home? Making cardboard crafts for Christmas is an excellent way to have fun with your kids and then having their craft work decorating your home.

Here are four distinctive, easy to make items, that your children will enjoy making and you will enjoy displaying.


This is an usual star, a bit more decorative looking than one just cut out of cardboard.  Using thin cardboard, cut out to a triangle shape and then fold as shown in the diagram.

It is one that you will be proud to display around your home this Christmas.

Here is a picture of the star before it is assembled and another when it is finished ready to hang.

Glue star together to hold in place and then decorate with glitter or alternatively, use colored cardboard. Looks quite impressive.


Cutout Cardboard Angel CraftVery simple for young children to make.

  • thin cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • glitter for decoration

An excellent decoration for the Christmas tree or mantle. Children will enjoy making their angel and seeing him decorating their home, for all to admire!


This is a very simple decoration, that your children will enjoy making.

Fold one piece of paper several times, preferably so it has five fold lines. I fold it in half and then in three, making six Christmas trees. Then draw a Christmas tree or desired picture on the front.

When you draw your picture, make sure you leave some sections of the fold, as this is what holds the trees together.

Cut it out and open up.

To make your lovely string of Christmas trees just waiting to decorate your home, you will need:

  • scissors
  • thin cardboard or paper
  • glitter can be used for decorating

Children always enjoy seeing their artwork displayed.  This string of Christmas trees is one that they will be proud to show off, as it looks so good.

This activity can be used to make any shape you like: snowmen, stars, balls.  Just draw your picture, cut it out, perhaps add a bit of decoration, and you’ve got your masterpiece!


This is a fun activity, as well as useful, creating your own bon bons. They can be made from paper, or material serviettes as I have used here. Look for useful toys or puzzles to add, something that people can fiddled with and be challenged by, during the day.

  • Cardboard rolls
  • Paper or material for wrapping
  • Gift to be put inside
  • Print an amusing quote or joke to be included inside bonbon.
  • Ribbon for tying at each end.

Making cardboard crafts as Christmas decorations is all about having fun together.

Christmas can be a fun time, enjoy your Christmas preparations with your children as well as your Christmas Day.