How To Make A Mad Hatter Headband

January 13, 2020 8 Comments
The finished Mad Hatter Headbands in 4 different colours

This is a really simple craft project to make a Mad Hatter Headband using a paper cup, and a few craft materials.

My daughter recently had an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party for her birthday, and together we made these Mad Hatter Headbands for her friends to get them in to the swing of things.

We based our design on the Mad Hatter’s hat in the original Disney film. The hat is light green in colour with the top of the hat being as big if not bigger than the rim, with the iconic 10/6 price tag. Just a little bit of Disney trivia for you, the 10/6 price tag stands for 10 shillings and sixpence in old money and is a nod to the Mad Hatter’s profession. The hat in the film also has a dark green band at the base. We didn’t have any green ribbon, so we went with what I had and choose contrasting colours instead.

Isla of course insisted she had the green one, but choose different colourways for her friends based on their favourite colours.

I had some paper cups knocking about from a previous party, and the seemed to lend themselves well to the shape of the hat. We also found some cheap hairbands in our local poundshop, so were all set to create our Mad Hatter Headbands.

Mad Hatter Headband placed on the table
All set for a Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Once the table was set for the tea party, we placed the hats at the girls places. They all seemed to really like them and they helped them to get into the spirit of the Mad Hatter’s Tea party.

If you would l ike to see how we made them, then read on or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need

  • Headband
  • Paper Cup
  • Sheet of A4 paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sheet of A4 thin coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon
equipment needed to make the headband

How You Make Your Mad Hatter Head Band

The first part is to make a template for you coloured card to cover your paper cup. You could skip this step if you plan on painting the cup to colour it instead of covering it with card.

Wrap the piece of paper around your paper cup so it is tight at the top and the bottom, and the whole cup is covered. Using a pencil draw around the rim of the paper cup and the bottom to give you a rough outline. Un roll the paper and cut out following the pencil lines you have just made. It’s a good idea to leave a little extra paper at the bottom, that way you can push it around the bottom of the cup when you have the rim lined up so you get an acurate line to cut. Wrap the template around your cup and cut a straight line on the visible edge.

Wrapping a piece of A4 paper around a paper cup
Wrap a piece of paper tightly wround your paper cup.
Paper cup wrapped in a sheet of paper to make a template
Draw around the rim and base of the paper cup onto the paper for guidelines to create a template
drawing a line down the edge of the template to complete it
Draw a staright line down the visible edge of the template, and then cut it

Once you have your template, the rest is easy. Draw around the template on to the sheet of coloured card, and also draw round the top of the cup twice. Cut out the three shapes.

A young girl drawing around the paper template onto the sheet of coloured card.
Isla drawing around the template onto the sheet of coloured card
3 pieces of coloured card cut out
Cut out all three shapes

Using a glue gun, place a bead of glue along the top edge of your larger card template, and wrap around the paper cup attaching it securely to the rim, making sure it is also fairly tight at the base of the cup. Finish by placing a bead of glue down the free straight edge of the card.

sticking the card shapes to the paper cup to cover it.
Place a bead of glue at the top of the card shape and wrap tightly around the paper cup, securing it at the rim

Place a bead of glue around the rim of the paper up and secure one of the circles of card. Do the same at the bottom of the cup sticking it to the other circle of coloured card.

Gluing the top of the hat
Place a bead of glue on around the rim of the cup to secure the top of the hat
the finsihed structure of the hat
Glue the hat to the base with another bead of glue from a hot glue gun

You can then decorate your little top hat exactly how you wish. As we were sticking to the orginal Disney film we simply added our price tag that I printed off of the computer, and some ribbon at the base, using glue to hold them in place.

The finished Mad Hatter hat
The finished Mad Hatter Hat

Our headbands were a little on the thin side, so to attach the hat to the headband securely I glued a small piece of ribbon to the base, then used more glue and wrapped the ribbon around the headband. If you have wider headbands you could probably get away with gluing the hat straight onto the band.

That’s it. Simple but effective. We made several different colourways for Isla’s friends, and I think they all look really cute.

The finished Mad Hatter Headbands in 4 different colours
The four different colourways that we made

Although we were making a Mad Hatter Headband, you could use the technique to make any style of top hat headband. If I had thought of the idea last year, maybe I would have done some for Oliver’s magic party that he had!

Young girl wearing her homemade Mad Hatter Headband
Isla loving her Mad Hatter Headband!

So what do you think of our little Mad Hatter Headband? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy January 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    This looks quite easy but very effective, going to make some with my grandchildren next time they visit #kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

    • Kerry January 31, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, let me know if you do get round to making some!

  • Ella @ Typical Mummy January 18, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    These are great – so simple yet so effective. I’ll definitely be doing these with my kids as we love the Mad Hatter and are all a bit bonkers! #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry January 31, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Don’t forget to show me some pics if you do!

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) January 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Those headbands look amazing with the contrasting colours and I love how simple they are to make. Good idea too to use ribbon to help attach them to the headband – will remember that tip when making headbands in future! #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry January 31, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Louise.

  • Lauretta Wright February 1, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I love the idea of this – and you make it look easy with the step by step instructions – thanks Kerry!

    • Kerry February 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Lauretta, they really are super simple to make and don’t have to be Mad Hatter headbands, you can let your imagination run riot!

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