Things You'll Need
- Sand pail
- Clear tape
- Black spray paint
- Glitter glue pens
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Black construction paper
If you are looking for an amusing, challenging and artistic activity for your children during the winter months, consider leading them in making the black top hats that snowmen wear when the snow starts to fall. This art activity uses ordinary crafting supplies, though you may have to invest in some of the extras such as glitter glue pens.
Cover your work space with newspapers.
Place your sand pail upside down on your work space. Working with a partner, press a sheet of newspaper down and around the pail. The newspaper should completely cover the pail. Press down around the outside rim of the pail to form a crease around the hat that will form the base of your brim.
Wrap tape around the width of the hat, as well as around the top and bottom third of the hat. Do not tape the brim.
Shake up your black spray paint, and lightly spray the hat until all of the newsprint is covered in black paint. Allow the paint to dry.
Decorate the hat with glitter glue pens. Allow the glitter glue to dry.
Gently slip off the hat from the pail.
Load a glue stick in a hot glue gun and plug in the gun. Allow the glue to warm up.
Cut a 3-inch wide strip of black construction paper that is at least 10 inches long.
Squeeze a dot of glue on the newspaper part of the brim base. Press one end of the construction paper in the glue.
Squeeze dots around the hat, pressing the paper strip as you go.
Snip off excess paper when you get to the front of the hat. Squeeze a final dot of glue on the back of the paper to secure the brim to the hat.
Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.