Making your own spaghetti strainer hat is a fun and easy craft project! With just a few simple materials, you can create a unique hat perfect for costume parties or silly photo ops.
What You’ll Need
To make a spaghetti strainer hat, you’ll need:
A colander or pasta strainer: This will form the base of your hat. Look for one about 12-14 inches wide. Make sure it has holes throughout so you can see through it.
Thin cardboard: Cereal boxes or shipping boxes work well. You’ll need enough cardboard to cut two strips that can wrap around the strainer.
Tape: Masking tape or duct tape. This will hold the cardboard strips in place.
Scissors: To cut the cardboard strips.
String or elastic: To secure the hat under your chin. About 12 inches should be enough.
Decorations (optional): Glue, paint, ribbons, glitter, fake flowers etc. To customize your strainer hat.
Making the Hat
Follow these simple steps to make your own spaghetti strainer hat:
Step 1: Measure and Cut Cardboard Strips
First, measure the circumference of your strainer. You want the cardboard strips wide enough to wrap all the way around with a little overlap. Cut two cardboard strips to this length.
For example, if your strainer is 12 inches around, you may cut two 14 inch long strips that are 1-2 inches wide.
Step 2: Wrap and Tape Strips Around Strainer
Wrap the first cardboard strip around the strainer so it fully encircles it. Use a small piece of tape to hold it together at the spot where the ends meet.
Do the same with the second strip, wrapping it around the strainer so it overlaps the first strip slightly. The two strips side-by-side should now encircle the strainer.
Step 3: Tape Strips Securely in Place
Once the cardboard strips are in position, use tape to firmly secure them to the strainer. Run strips of tape up and down the strainer over the cardboard, sticking it down tightly.
Press along the tape to help it adhere. The tape will reinforce the cardboard and prevent it from slipping out of place.
Step 4: Add String or Elastic to Make Chin Strap
To keep your strainer hat in place, you need a chin strap.
Cut a 12 inch piece of string or elastic. Tie the ends together to form a loop.
Tape or staple the loop to the bottom of the strainer on opposite sides.
When you wear the hat, this will loop under your chin and hold the hat securely on your head.
Step 5: Decorate Your Strainer Hat!
Now the fun part – decorating your homemade strainer hat! Let your creativity run wild.
Paint or color the cardboard strips with markers, spray paint or acrylic paint.
Glue on ribbons, flowers, sequins or other embellishments with a hot glue gun.
Add stickers, glitter, pom poms, or anything else that strikes your fancy!
Wearing Your Spaghetti Strainer Hat
Once assembled, your strainer hat is ready to wear! Here are some tips:
Position it on your head so the strainer part sits level, not tilted.
Adjust the chin strap so it’s snug but not too tight.
Check the tape to make sure the cardboard strips are firmly attached and won’t slip.
Avoid knocking the hat against anything or it may come apart. Handle gently!
Now you’re ready for some seriously silly photos or to make a splash at your next costume party. A strainer hat is sure to get attention and laughs. Kick back and have fun in your unique homemade headwear!