Stray baby socks make the perfect winter hats for homemade characters. Throw in an empty paper towel roll and some decorations for a project that your child will love to incorporate into her creative play.
Cut one paper towel roll into two uneven sizes (one for an
"adult-sized" character and the shorter one for a "child-sized"
Repeat with more paper towel rolls if you want to create
additional cardboard characters. Make sure each character has a
flat bottom so he can stand upright without tipping over. Paint
each section a different color using tempera or poster paints. Set
aside to dry. Cut ovals from colored paper to use as faces. Use a
marker to draw in simple faces on the ovals. Cut hand shapes from
colored paper. Glue the face ovals and hand shapes onto each
To create the winter hats, trim the toe section off of the socks
and discard. Fold the top of each sock tube to form a cuff and
place it onto each tube section. Tie the top of each hat closed
with colorful yarn or ribbon.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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