My family all gathered at Bethany Beach for the week of the Fourth of July. Since there would be a dozen of us on the holiday, buying patriotic hats for everyone would have cost too much money. Having made hats with first graders for so many years, I took my fun foam skills and applied them to this holiday. We started with long strips for the headbands. I cut the large 11" x 17" strips into thirds (the long way). Then I cut one of those strips into thirds (the fat way). Then I glued the smaller strip onto the longer strip to make a headband long enough for an adult's head. I brought my stapler and tacky glue with me on the trip. This took the intimidation factor away from everyone. We just helped measure each others' bands around their heads and stapled them for the correct fit.
I didn't have enough white fun foam to do this for everyone. I bought out all the red, white, and blue sheets our Michael's sold, but Uncle Sam took a LOT of foam. So, I folded the white sheets (the long way) and cut them in HALF this time. I again folded one of the white strips into THIRDS for the extensions and glued them onto the longer strips. The family could cut these strips in any manner they liked. They just had to leave a 3" wide edge that had glue on it. This edge was glued into the top half of the red band. I took a small glass and added water to the tacky glue in it--so that they could "paint" the glue onto the foam.
If you look at the second hat from the right, that is Trevor's WAVE pattern. His wife Rachel took a pen and curled her white strips, while my niece Valerie cut her strips into thin grass-like strips. She and her fiance, Steve dropped by for the afternoon for the festivities. They left to have dinner with their friends in Ocean city. I double-dog-dared them to wear the hats out to dinner. See below.
Val texted me this photo with the message that everyone in the restaurant was taking pictures of them and wanted to know where they got the hats.
I bought glittery stars, flags, Fourth of July foam stickers at Michael's. I also pre-cut lots of fun foam stars.We had a hat contest and asked people walking on the beach past us to judge.My daughter Maryanne was the winner.
My husband, Buzz, the architect, only came in second. He was sure his multi-tiered hat would win with it's hand cut "Happy Fourth" sign on the front. My daughter Annie's hat had stars on strips. She's an interior designer and thought she had a shoe-in win. What she did do was cause a one-up-manship for the rest of the crowd.
Even the baby wore a hat.