DIY Cat in the Hat Costume – Mini Top Hat

DIY Cat in the Hat top hat

Looking for an original World Book Day outfit? How about this DIY Cat in the Hat costume?

Perfect for children or teachers, it’s really easy to make with a couple of craft supplies and things you already have lying around at home.

You don’t need to be an arts and crafts pro either – just follow our simple instructions to find out what to do!

What you need

For the mini top hat:

  • Clean and empty baked beans tin
  • Red and white felt
  • Red headband
  • Glue
  • One piece of cardboard and a pen

Materials for making a Cat in the Hat top hat

To complete the costume:

  • White shirt/t-shirt with a black jacket/cardigan
  • Black trousers
  • White gloves

Step 1

Start by rolling an empty baked beans tin in a piece of white felt and glue it in place. This can be a bit tricky on your own so it’s a good idea to have a little helper on hand to hold the felt in place while you get the glue!

An empty tin of baked beans being wrapped in white felt

Step 2

Next you’ll need to fold the ends of the felt into the tin and secure them in place with superglue (make sure an adult does this stage).

Empty baked bean wrapped in white felt with tube of glue

Step 3

Next, cut a couple of long strips of red felt and start wrap them around the tin. Glue them in place and by this point you’ll really see your DIY Cat in the Hat costume taking shape!

White and red felt to make a Cat in the Hat outfit

Step 4

Once the main part of your Cat in the Hat top hat is done, you’ll need to make the rim of the hat. Do this by drawing around the bottom of your tin on a piece of card, and then draw a larger circle around it. Then cut it out, wrap it in white felt and slot it over the top of your tin.

Cutting a circle from a piece of white card

Circle of white card being wrapped in white felt

Step 5

Your DIY Cat in the Hat hat is almost finished! The second-to-last step is to wrap a piece of red felt over the top of the hat to complete your baked bean can’s transformation into a mini top hat!

DIY Cat in the hat top hat with a piece of red felt

Step 6

Finally, stick the mini top hat onto a red headband. Do this with superglue but take extra care to make sure the glue is dried before you try it on!

Red headband attached to Cat in the Hat top hat

And there you have it – your mini top hat is finished! Complete your DIY Cat in the Hat costume with black and white clothes and a large red bow tie and you’ll be all set for World Book Day!

Don’t have time to make your own?

Head over to Party Delights to browse our full range of World Book Day costumes and for even more original World Book Day costume ideas, check out some more of our blogs!

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