Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oh, I've had such a curious dream!

Down the rabbit hole!
When we arrived back at Gramma's we were met by none other than Alice herself who invited us to join her as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and into the whimsical world of Wonderland.
Down the hole!
We were welcomed into Wonderland by that gracious greeting every weary traveler longs to hear,
"Off with her head!"
We were privileged to be little stools for the Queen of Hearts!
 The Mad Hatter's Haberdashery 
We proceeded to the Mad Hatter's Shop to decorate
little top hats for the girls and derbys and ties for the boys.
The shop was complete with ribbons, bows, jewels,
feathers and flowers for their creating pleasure.
 The finished products!
Mini Top Hat How-To

These are super cheap (under a dollar) and super quick to make. I used cereal boxes
 (with the cereal removed), Dollar Tree headbands, Styrofoam cups, felt (2 sheets per hat) and hot glue.
Depending on the size of hat you want, cut out two circle from the cereal boxes.
 I used a bowl for the larger and a large Styrofoam cup
(the same one you'll use for the hat)
 for my template.
Cut a piece of felt about a half inch larger than the cardboard. Glue the felt to one side of the circle. Notch the edges, fold over and hot glue to the cardboard
Glue another piece of felt to the other side trimming it afterwards.
Using some sharp implement, cut two slits about a half inch apart in the center of the circle.
Insert a headband and then after positioning it were you want it
(we tilted ours at a jaunty angle) hot glue it into place.
On a second sheet of felt, glue the edge to the cup and roll and glue until it's covered.
Trim up a straight seam and cut off any edges.
Cover the smaller circle with felt on one side,
notching and gluing but don't cover the second side.
Glue it to the open end of the cup.
Hot glue the cup to the brim and voila! a fabulous mini top hat.
You can curve the edges of the brim up if you so desire.
(Make sure the seam is at the back when you're decorating. Most of my haberdashers didn't notice and ended up with a seam down the front of their hats.


  1. I'm am pinning those hats for some future event where I am sure fabulous hats will be needed.

  2. Those hats -- and your grandchildren wearing them -- are TOO cute.

  3. First of all I look fabulous, thanks for that:)
    second, I had NO idea you made those hats! They looked so good. You should have told me so I could be even more impressed with my moma!!