Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Uncle Sam’s Hat

Posted on: June 27, 2011

Help celebrate the 4th of July with an adorable (and functional!) Uncle Sam’s hat! Recycle a cereal box and a coffee can and turn them into this festive hat perfect for holding silverware or other small items at your family BBQ. This project promotes recycling and is a great way to get kids involved with the party festivities.

Things you will need:

  • An empty coffee (or similar) can
  • A cereal box
  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler
  • A pencil


Step 1: Wrap a piece of white construction paper around the can and glue in place. If the paper is longer than the can, trim off excess paper.


Step 2: Use your pencil and a ruler to measure and cut a strip of blue construction paper to fit around the base of the can. Additionally, you’ll want to cut out several stars from your extra white construction paper.


Step 3: Glue the stars onto the strip of blue construction paper. Make sure to space the stars an even width apart.


Step 4: Glue the blue strip around the bottom of the can.


Step 5: Use your pencil and ruler to draw several stripes on the red construction paper, trying to make them all the same size. Cut the stripes out.


Step 6: Glue the red stripes around the top of the can, lining up the edges with the top the blue stripe and the top of the can. Trim any excess red if you’ve cut the stripes longer than you need.


Step 7: Glue a piece of blue construction paper to a piece of cereal box. Once the glue dries, draw or trace a circle onto the paper. Make sure the circle is larger than the bottom of the can because this is the brim of the hat. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can with the blue side facing up.


Congratulations! You have made Uncle Sam’s hat! Use it as a centerpiece and fill with fresh flowers or stick it on the food table and fill with silverware. Any way you use it, this hat is fun and functional and will make a statement at your 4th of July bash! Did you make this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting and happy 4th of July!

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