Easy Kids Craft – Ladybug and Frog Hats

by Amanda F Posted on March 27, 2011

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Kids love making crafts, and even better when it’s something not only usable but wearable too. These cute hats are very easy to make and there’s minimal mess, though I do suggest that kids wear a smock or “crafting shirt” when making this project.

If you like this, you might also like these Paper Plate Ladybugs or this fun safety pin bracelet.  Here are some more fun kid’s crafts to keep the little ones busy!

Supplies:

Red and green baseball caps
Acrylic paint: black, white, spring green, foliage green
Textile medium (controls bleeding of paint colors and easy to apply paint on fabric)
Paintbrush
Round stencil sponges (the applicator)
Black Sharpie marker
Toothpick
3”x1” piece of red felt
Instant grab glue (powerful glue that holds projects in place instantly, no bracing required)

Instructions:

Ladybug Hat

Mix one part textile medium and 2 parts black paint in a small dish or paint palette. Dip large round applicator in black paint and gently scrape off excess. Press applicator onto hat, gently turn the applicator in a circular motion if you want to make the circle larger. It’s also helpful to do this to smooth out the border of the circle. Repeat this all over the top of the hat.

Use a wide paintbrush to paint the bill of the hat with black paint. Let it dry completely. Use large round applicator dipped in white paint (mixed with textile medium) and dot two eyes onto the black bill. When the white is dry, use a smaller round applicator to dot on two pupils.

Frog Hat

The textile medium will turn your acrylic paint into fabric paint. So if you ever need to wash your hat, you can. However, keep in mind that the tongue probably won’t survive and you may need to create a new one should the need arise to launder it. To mix, use one part textile medium and 2 parts paint.

Dip large round applicator in foliage green paint and gently scrape off excess. Press applicator onto hat above the bill, gently turn the applicator in a circular motion to make the circle larger. Do this on both sides for the eyes.

While the green eyes are drying, dip large round applicator into spring green paint. Leave some excess paint on this time, then turn and drag the applicator across the hat in random places.

Use large round applicator dipped in white paint and dot two eyes onto the foliage green circles. When the white is dry, use a smaller round applicator dipped in black paint to dot on two pupils.

Use a black Sharpie marker to draw exaggerated eyebrows to look like a frog’s bulging eyes.

Dip toothpick in black paint and add the nostrils to the bill.

Cut a forked tongue from red felt and glue to the underside of the bill.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda.

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    This is sooooo cute. I can see frog hats, pig hats, dog hats…ect. These would be great party favors for a themed party to pass out or make with the guests. Having all the kids wearing the colorful hats would make for great photos!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    These are precious and I know the children love crafts! You have give me more ideas for my grandkids for when they visit this summer. Love it!

  3. Joey Says:

    Another fun idea from Crafty Amanda! I love seeing your projects. They would be perfect to do with kids or at a birthday party. FUN!

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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