Finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home are imperative towards maintaining healthy bodies and minds.

Getting creative with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained for hours and help their imaginations continue to run wild while staying at home. Over the course of our closure, we'll be sharing quick and easy-to-follow guides for fun family crafts using bits and pieces from around the house.

Make your own Spring Hats using bottle caps and recycled paper in this step-by-step guide.

Equipment needed:

  • Bottle caps
  • Card or thick paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colouring pens
  • Pencil
  • Something round to draw around (needs to be larger than your bottle cap)
  • Scrap material (optional)
  • Coloured paper (optional)
  • Scrap paper or old magazines (optional)

Got everything? Let's begin!

1. On your card or thick paper, draw around something to create a circle (a drinking cup is ideal for this!) Just make sure that the circle is larger than your bottle cap.

2. Cut your circle out and glue your bottle cap to the middle of the circle. Now you have your hat shape.

3. You can decorate your hat however you like. You could use paper, tissue paper, newspaper, scraps of fabric. 

4. For this example I have used some fabric. Draw an even bigger circle on your fabric, using your rough hat shape as a template. Cut the circle out of your fabric.

5. Glue the fabric to your hat shape, it doesn’t have to be neat, you can always trim the edges later if you like.

6. Now you can add more decorations. You could cut a strip of material and glue it around the hat to make a ribbon.

7. You can add more decorations, what about a flower from the garden? Or a feather? Or make your own feather out of paper or cut out of a magazine.

Ta-dah! You can make as many hats as you like. What about experimenting to make different types of hat? Can you make a baseball cap? Or a top hat? (Try piling bottle caps on top of each other.) Or a Royal crown?

Where can you put your hats around the house or garden? Do any of your toys need hats to keep the sun out of their eyes on a sunny day? Have you got a garden gnome that could do with a new Spring Hat?

Send us your photos of your Spring Hats being used!