It’s Friday and time for a craft! And who doesn’t need a Jester Hat! Jester Hats are fun! Add bells and everyone is smiling! This is a great project for a Medieval Theme Camporee. If all the parts are cut out, the hat goes together really quick.
Skill Level: Daisies – Ambassadors (they need a jingling jester hat too!)
Supplies: Fun foam, stapler, bells, hole punch/ribbon, hot glue (adult help with this one!)
Cut a rectangle out of the fun foam. It should be about 2 – 3″ wide and the length of the fun foam. I used big sheets of fun foam (I think they were 18″). You may need 2 bands to go around the heads. This is where you need two people. Have the second person, wrap the band around the girl’s head. Take it off and staple the two parts together. You will want to overlap a little on this one. You could also hot glue the overlapping bands together.
Cut out triangles of fun foam. Get a variety pack of the fun foam (big size – 18″) and cut some triangles! Let the girl creating her hat by picking the colors – maybe she wants just one color or one of everything! Each hat will be unique! Using hot glue, add the triangles to the inside of the band.
Add bells. You can add the bells two ways. Using a single hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the triangle. With a small piece of ribbon, thread the ribbon through the bell and the hole, tie off. We found that this had some problems. If the girls punch too close to the edge, the weight of the bell tore the hole open. Also punching through fun foam is not easy! If you don’t want to use ribbon, you could hot glue the bells to the top of the triangle. However, this wasn’t the best option either – the bells came off sometimes. Sorry I don’t have a perfect answer!
And that is your very own jester hat! Now you are ready to visit a Renaissance Festival in style (and not have to pay $20 for a jester hat!)!
Yours in Scouting!