I looked at a lot of the photo prop options for Alice in Wonderland parties on Etsy. I love to support my fellow Etsy crafters and I was seriously considering just ordering from there but I finally decided to just go ahead and make the props myself. I knew it would take longer but I wanted them from felt and not card stock I wasn't sure if I would be able to make the Mad Hatter's hat or not, I've never attempted anything like that before, but I decided to give it a whirl today and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I measured Imma's head--she has a pretty big head so I figured, if it will fit her it will fit most of her friends--and used that measurement to determine the size of the bottom of the hat. I realized pretty quickly I was going to need two pieces of felt so I decided to do two different colors, just to make it a little more "mad." I used purple and teal for the body of the hat. I made the top of the hat two inches wider than the bottom. I sewed the two sides together. so I had a sort-of tube. For the top of the hat, I knew I would need to insert some cardboard. Luckily, the round piece of cardboard on the top of the ribbon I use fit perfectly, so I used that. I hot glued it inside of the hat a little ways down from the top. Then, I sewed a circle of blue felt to the top. I thought the brim of the hat didn't need to be perfect because the Mad Hatter is mad, so I cut a two wavy half circles in royal blue and sewed those on. Then, I decorated by hot gluing different complimentary ribbons on all of the seems. I added some tulle and feathers. Then, I made three felt roses and I made the little 10/6 sign out of felt and added those. When I tried it on Imma, it wasn't standing up right. So I took another piece of cardboard from my ribbon spools, trimmed it down a little, and hot glued it about 4 inches from the bottom of the hat. I decided to add a ribbon for the children to tie it on if they'd like and there you go! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
|My first attempt at a Mad Hatter's hat.|
Today, I also made:
ears for the March Hare
ears for Door Mouse
a mask for the March Hare
a mask for the Door Mouse
a mask for the White Rabbit (I bought white rabbit ears at Easter time)
10 mushrooms for table decorations
and ears and a mask for the Cheshire Cat, which Imma is modeling below (she has the ears on backwards but that's okay!)
|Imma modeling the Cheshire cat ears and mask|
What did you do with your Saturday?
P.S. I did spend the day with my children! :)