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.


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.


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.




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).


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.



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.


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.


And here’s how it looks on. Cute huh?


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.


Poorly Day Idea: The Post.


Like most of her nursery class, Freya has finally succumbed to The Lurgy.

While I’m a big believer in fresh air as a cure for most things, I also think she needs rest, especially when she’s up in the night even more than usual, but when you are a lively three-year-old, cuddling up on the sofa doesn’t seem to hold much appeal.

As a result, crafting seemed like an ideal quiet(ish) activity – and since her latest fascination is with the post, I thought that might be a place to start.


Our postman has been delivering to us since Freya was a baby (he might have been on that route before but I was at work and never saw him) and has watched her growing up. He always takes the time to chat with her, which she loves, and I’m sure he is part of the reason for her fascination with the post.

We’ve been seeing him a lot more in recent weeks because he’s been delivering Christmas parcels, which I quickly spirit away and hide, and she’s been asking lots of questions about how it all works.

My initial plan was to make a post box and some letters but it snowballed to making three doors too (I had to raid the cupboards to find enough cereal boxes).

We started by covering and painting the boxes and then, while they dried, we made the numbers, letter boxes and post while also looking up what a Royal Mail post box looks like.

My plan had been to walk to our local one and let her take a photo with her camera but she didn’t want to go out at that point so we Googled it instead.



They were simple to make and she really enjoyed playing with them. She hasn’t quite got the hang of matching the numbers and randomly posts them through different doors (a bit like Postman Pat). My plan is to colour-code the letters (for Freya, not Pat) to match the doors to make it a bit easier.

With the painting, cutting, sticking, researching, sorting, matching and playing it covered quite a few different activities – and most of them were fairly peaceful so didn’t set off her hacking cough.

To keep things interesting – and get maximum use from the boxes – I’m going to turn her little cardboard house into a post office. She can use stickers for stamps and I might try and dig out the bathroom scales so she can weigh some parcels (hopefully she won’t try and put them in the post box).

Do you have any poorly day activities you like to do with your children who don’t like sitting still?



Crafting for the non-crafter – making a no sew tutu.

nosew1The most positive thing I can say about my crafting skills is that I’ll always have a go – although that often leads to nothing more than a frustrating mess.

And that’s fine, we can’t all be good at everything (see also cooking and running and writing and..hmm, wait just a minute) but it also means that when something does go well once in a blue moon I am ridiculously proud of myself – even if it’s something so easy a five-year-old could do it.

When I wanted a tutu for Freya I considered buying one but I looked around I couldn’t see an affordable one I liked so I thought “I know, I’ll just make one”, as you do. As always I turned to the internet but I was getting more and more disheartened until I read the magic words “No sew tutu”. I swear there was a little burst of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Just in case you’re in need of a tutu (it works for adults too) and you’re pants at crafting like me I thought I’d share. I’ve added some different versions to a Pinterest board too. I hadn’t planned on blogging about it so the pics are not great but you’ll get the idea.

FullSizeRenderFirst, you need to choose whether to use ribbon, a crochet hair band or elastic for the middle. I was originally going to make it with ribbon but I stupidly let Freya hold it while I was getting prepared and in those few seconds she managed to get it covered in something (how is that even possible?).

After going back to the drawing board I remembered that ages ago I went through a phase of wearing headbands (which Freya went through a phase of pulling off) so I already had an alternative in the house.

IMG_5361Earlier in the day we’d bought the material, which I know now is called tulle (always learning) – although I asked the lady in John Lewis for “tutu netting” which worked just as well. I bought a metre of the pink and half a metre of the white which came to £4.45 (my mum says you can get this cheaper if you shop around/eBay etc).

Here’s what you do:

1. Cut it into strips depending on how long you want it (you are going to fold it in half so take that into account). There are guides for this but I guesstimated because I wanted it to have a punk-ish feel (and I couldn’t be bothered to measure).

IMG_53622. Find something to put your band around. I tried a lampshade but it wasn’t great so went for a vase instead.

3. Fold a strip in half and thread it through the headband, folded end first, push the other end through to make a knot and pull tight.

4. Repeat, alternating colours as you want. It looks great with just one row but I had material left so did a second row to make it fuller.

5. Bask in your crafting glory.

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I started then had to stop and cook dinner, which is why the photos gradually get darker, but I would estimate the whole thing maybe took 30-40 mins – and the best part is Freya loves it.

Are you are crafter (or not)? What’s the best or worst thing you’ve ever made.