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How to Make a Statue of Liberty Hat

A Statue of Liberty hat is easy to make.

If you or your child plans to dress up as the Statue of Liberty, you'll need a hat to complete the outfit. The base of this easy-to-make hat is a very inexpensive foam visor, which can be purchased at nearly any craft outlet. When you make the hat, be sure to include all seven spikes. On the real statue, these represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world. The statue is copper, which has turned green over time, so your hat should be green, too.

Use a black marker to draw 1/2-by-1-inch rectangles across the front of the visor's bill. These rectangles represent the windows in the Statue of Liberty's crown. Draw them around the edge of the visor that would rest against your forehead if you were wearing the visor in the conventional fashion. To wear the visor as a Statue of Liberty hat, the bill is rotated upward.

Cut seven spikes for the hat from a foam craft sheet. Each spike is an 8-inch tall triangle that is 1 1/2 inches wide at the base and narrows to a point at the top.

With rubber cement, glue the spikes around the front outside edge of the visor. Position the spikes so that the ends overlap the edge of the visor 1/2 inch on the sides and gradually increase to 1 1/2 inches at the center. This spacing layout is to account for the shaping of the visor, which is not perfectly round.

Place a book or other flat, heavy object on the spikes to hold them in place until the rubber cement dries.

Wear the hat on your head with the visor's springy strap placed around the back of your neck, under your hairline.

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Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.