My son and I like to put hands-on. We like to do projects and create something together. We like to sit at the table, material in hand and see that slowly our idea takes shape. Waiting for my second child, we had the idea of making frames/nameplates to hang on the bedroom door, one for him, one for his little sister who was coming soon, and – why not? – one also for a dear friend. The baby-girl-to-be had no name yet, I mean, actually, she had three. So he wrote down the three options, waiting for a final choice. An old but still useful “Art Attack” book inspired us. In a chapter we found well explained how to make personalized frames decorated with “famous” hats using the  paper mache technique (papier-mâché) – that one in which strips of newspaper are glued onto a support. Following the instructions scrupulously, we created the frame with Goofy hat and a second one with Minnie bow. My son planned a frame for him with the legendary Donald Duck hat, which we modelled in 3D looking at an old Mickey Mouse comic.

You will need

  • cardboard
  • newspaper

Craft supplies

  • PVA glue
  • paper tape
  • scissors
  • paintbrushes
  • acrylic paints

How to make

  1. On a cardboard draw the outline of the hat and the rectangular frame.
  2. Cut out the outline with scissors.
  3. To reproduce the hat volume crumple up a large piece of newspaper and fix it with paper tape.
  4. Cover the hat and the frame with small pieces of newspaper (about 3 cm x 8 cm) and fix them with vinyl glue mixed with water. Let it dry.
  5. Repeat step 4 up to two-three times.
  6. Once dried use acrylic paints to colour it.
Here are our 3D Disney hats frames/ nameplates! If you wish a personalised one, don’t hesitate to contact me, I can help you!

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