Easy To Make Mini Top Hat Halloween Fascinators #BostikBlogger

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As I’ve mentioned before, Freya LOVES Halloween and I will admit that if I see a spooky costume in a charity shop – at any point in the year – I always buy it for her, even if it’s too big (she’ll grow).

The problem is that every hat/head adornment we’ve come across has always swamped her, often even when it’s her size. It will fall down over her eyes or slide off the minute she moves her head.

With that in mind, I decided to have a go at making her two headpieces with some of the items from this month’s Tots 100 Bostik Blogger craft box (kindly sent to us by Craft Merrily). It’s slightly haphazard (because that’s the only way I know how to craft) but Freya is pleased – and that’s the main thing.

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For two mini hats, you will need:

2 pieces of A4 card (ideally sparkly black).

Sparkly foam card.

A piece of web net.

Two pipe cleaners.

Eight coloured legs.

Four googly eyes.

Bostik Glue Dots.

Bostik White Glue.

Scissors.

An Alice band.

Two items to make circle shapes (one big, one smaller).

How to make:

 

 

1. We made the spider one first and I started with the body of the hat, which is just a strip of cardboard rolled up. I didn’t measure it (naturally) but just cut it to what looked like a good height for a mini hat. I then rolled it around the smaller of the glasses and cut it to size to ensure the top of the hat would fit in it. I stuck it together using three glue dots plus some glue just to be safe.

 

 

2. Next I made the top. I got Freya to draw around the smaller glass and then I cut it out leaving a border of about 2cms-ish to trim into so that I had something to stick to the inside of the tube.

 

 

3. Time to make the brim of the hat. Freya drew around the bigger glass first and then popped the smaller one inside and did the same with that. I realised that the outside circle wasn’t really big enough for the brim so I used it as a rough guide and cut about 3cms wider that the line. It doesn’t need to be perfect – at least that’s what I told myself. I then pushed a hole in the middle of the smaller circle using the scissors and cut triangles to the edge. I stuck those inside the hat using white glue.

Here’s my top tip – pipe cleaners are GREAT for covering any rough edges, such as where the brim meets the hat.

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4. While I was sticking the hat together, which is a bit fiddly, I set Freya to work on making the spider. This was a piece of sparkly foam card, two eyes and eight legs, which I got her to count and sort into matching colours. She wanted them all purple. She used glue dots to stick everything on, which she can do on her own (and without making any mess either. Bonus).

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5. Once the hat was all stuck together (and dry) I wrapped the web netting around it and stuck on spidey. We had some left over net so I thought I’d get a bit arty and add a bit more with a few sequins, which are supposed to represent prey (if you have a plastic bug you could stick that on too). You can see the finished article at the bottom of this post.

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6. We repeated the hat making process a second time but then decorated it with bat wings (just a piece of sparkly foam stuck on to card), eyes and lots of jewels.

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7. I used an Alice band we already had and it was actually quite helpful that it had a bow on it because I popped it inside the hat and it seemed to keep it more stable. I taped the brim of the hat to the band but I might also add something else, like gaffer tape, just to make it hold better.

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And here’s how it looks on. Cute huh?

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Now, we don’t really do trick or treating but I’m hoping that Freya might have an event at school or maybe we can have our own little Halloween party to make use of them. I might make myself one too.

Are you planning to make anything for Halloween? We are always on the look out for fun things to craft.

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What I realised about Freya starting school (it’s not you, it’s me).

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I longed for this day.

During that first year when, on top of the huge changes that motherhood brings, the reflux, intolerances and sheer exhaustion of never sleeping in more than 10 minute snatches brought me to my knees, I thought ‘One day I will get me back, when she goes to school.’

What I didn’t realise, what I couldn’t realise back then, was that when that time eventually came, I wouldn’t want to let her go.

People told me ‘it won’t always be like this’ and, a personal favourite, ‘you need to make the most of it’. That’s easier said than done when my baby was crying in pain 80% of the day and night, refusing to feed, losing weight, not wanting my comfort but refusing to be put down – and no one was either willing or able to help. The only thing I could do was hold on and wait for it to be over.

I know it could have been far worse but it was still hard. I’m not going to pretend otherwise, even though I feel guilty about it.

They were right about one thing though, it did get easier. At nine months the reflux settled down, at a year I saw glimpses of what was to come. The fun, the laughter. Yes, there were also tears and tantrums – and a continuing lack of sleep – but by then we were bonded. She was my sidekick, my little shadow or, as our postman described her the other day, my co-pilot.

He was used to bumping into us, off on some sort of mini-adventure.

“Where’s your co-pilot today?” He asked, not realising she was now at school full time.

The truth is, for the last couple of years she’s been much more than co-pilot – quite often she picked the route, made the announcements and was flying the plane. Our days together, when I wasn’t working, were dictated by the journeys she wanted to take. Now she’s handed back the controls but after an initial rush of euphoria where I got a hot chocolate (and sat and drank it in the shop without having to colour anything in or make conversation about My Little Pony), had a henna tattoo and got my hair cut, I’m…directionless.

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I miss our outdoor adventures, exploring new places, visiting somewhere on a whim – even going to the local playground.

I. Miss. Her.

While I don’t miss endless hours of playing games that make no sense, the four-year-old rage or the constant commentary on anything and everything, I do find myself counting down to 3.30pm.

I realised on her first day that my fears about her starting school had nothing to do with her – she loves it, can’t wait to get in each day – and everything to do with me. My role as a mother to a baby, a toddler, a small child is over. There are no more babies for me and Freya will spend the majority of her time with other people now.

Early motherhood is… done.

And, as bad as of some of it was, I’m not quite ready for it to be over. I’m not quite ready to be flying solo again. 

It’s going to take some getting used to, just as motherhood did – although hopefully with more sleep this time.

Bubbablue and me school days linky

 

Easy Crafts For Children – Cereal Box Theatre.

FullSizeRender 11 2We had only been home from our little holiday an hour or so when Freya started rooting about in our little stash of crafting bits and bobs for something to make.

Luckily, instead of recycling useful cereal boxes I have been hiding them away since the start of the summer holidays and so, like some sort of amazing magician, I was able to pull the boxes out of a hat/cardboard box under the dining table.

“Ta daaaaa!” She looked distinctly unimpressed when I held up an old corn flakes box like it was baby Simba in the Lion King.

“Let’s make a theatre and we can put on a play.” Got a warmer response.

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Please excuse the state of the crafting mat.

I undid the box and turned it inside out so we had the lovely plain cardboard as the outside and then cut a chunk out of the front.

While I was doing that I got Freya to paint a backdrop to stick in. Originally I envisaged a magical Tinkerbell-inspired fairyland, as that was the play she wanted to put on, but she just wanted to paint it purple. Purple it was.

While that was drying I looked up “free fairy silhouettes” on the iPad and then traced a couple on to the leftover cardboard, which she then coloured in.

 

As she was colouring she kept mentioning other characters who were in the play (I wish I’d seen the script) including a unicorn, a witch, a princess and a squid (?!) so I diligently set about making those too.

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I coloured these ones and she decorated them with the stickers.

I attached them all to lolly sticks but then found that she wasn’t quite able to get her hand inside the theatre so we just used that as a backdrop. It actually worked ok because the story took a sudden twist and was now an underwater adventure – maybe I should have expected that with the squid? I was able to pull in the aquarium we’d made in a similar fashion one Sunday morning and use that. The story switched between the two.

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It’s been good fun – although one of the fairies turned out to be a ninja (?!) and the unicorn, played by yours truly, had to race in and tell her off for hitting.

As a follow up we visited the Theatre Royal, Norwich during their open day and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour (and free ice-cream and face painting). It’s safe to say, Freya loved it (I practically had to drag her off the stage) – and that was before we even got to the bit where you could try on costumes.

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In other fun/shocking news, I’m now a Bostik Blogger, which means we will be receiving a box of crafts in the post each month and we have to make something on a different theme (don’t worry, I sent some links of our previous efforts after we were invited and they were still happy to have us!). We’ve just had our first one and it was so much fun (there was Fimo and I’ve never used Fimo before). Look out for regular crafting posts.