Let’s Make our dolls Spring Top Hats!

Doll craft - hats for spring

I had so much fun creating today’s craft and I hope you will too! Using only items I had on hand I was able to create today’s fun craft. A great craft box of supplies can go a long way on a rainy day!

To create hats for your dolls like the ones I made you will need:

  • The lid from a liquid clothes soap or fabric softener. I use Purex in my house so the lids I used are from Purex and one from a fabric softener. If you do not use this type of soap in your house check with friends and neighbors I am sure someone will save you a lid!
  • a single hole puncher
  • ribbons, trim, paper flowers, scrapbook embellishments, buttons, craft feathers
  • 1/8 inch elastic to secure your “hat” on your dolls head
  • scissors
  • glue, hot glue gun, tape or double sided tape to secure your embellishments
  • a ruler
  • * You will also need a parent/adult  to trim the bottom of the lid for you!

craft supplies for making doll hats

Tip *a clear work space for crafting also makes for a more space to create…

craft supplies for making doll hats

Step one– You will need to make two holes on opposite sides of the base of your lid as far up as you can. This will be where we secure the elastic in a later step. You will need to wiggle your hole punch and the lid to have it go through, you may wish to ask a parent for help.

craft supplies for making doll hats

Step twoAsk an adult to help you trim the bottom edge of your lid for you careful not to cut the holes you just created.  This will help the hat sit better on your dolls head!

embellishments for doll hats

Step three– choose your embellishments, for your hat. I used a feather, ribbon and a slider which is used in scrap booking, card making and are perfect for doll belts. You maybe able to find them in your scrapbook section of your craft store (or in Karen’s Etsy store).

To use a slider you just slide your ribbon through the slider as shown above.

doll hat upcycle

Step four- wrap the ribbon around your hat and secure with glue or tape. Tuck a feather in the ribbon, you can add glue or leave it as is. Your ribbon should be tight enough to hold the feather in place.

doll hat upcycle

Step five– use your ruler and measure 10 inches of elastic. Cut and thread each of the ends through the holes as shown above. Tie a knot on the inside.


American Girl doll wearing her new hat

Step six- Place on your dolls head, and enjoy!

American Girl doll wearing her new hat

I had fun creating these hats out of items from my craft box. On my Springfield Doll Madison I used only a paper flower, I think she looks great in it. For my Maplelea Doll Saila I used some yellow ribbon I had left over, a button and stick on gemstones!

Springfield Girl doll wearing her new hat

Madison modeling her new hat.

Maplelea doll Saila

Saila loves hers, too.

I look forward to sharing more upcycled crafts next week!