Madeline Hat Craft for Kids

When my daughter was three, she went to a preschool in our neighborhood. I was so fortunate to have a teaching position in her class. It was more fun than I could have imagined! One of our favorite times of the day was going outside to play.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids

As the kids got ready to play, I would tell them to get in two straight lines like the girls from our favorite book by Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline. We read that book at least twice a week in my daughter’s preschool and the kids loved it!

Madeline Book Craft For Kids

Each week the kids and I would make a craft based on a book we liked. The week we wanted to do a craft based on Madeline, we found a really cute Madeline Hat Craft for Kids. It is super easy, only needs a few supplies and the kids can help with several of the steps!

Here’s how to make it with your kids:

Madeline Hat Craft

Madeline Book Hat Craft for Children Supplies


One small Styrofoam bowl
One Styrofoam plate
Black acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint
1/2 inch black grosgrain ribbon
One large paintbrush
One thin paintbrush

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Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 1

Step 1: Paint the bowl with the yellow paint. You may need two coats, but that is totally up to you!

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 2

Step 2: Paint the plate on one side with yellow paint. Allow to dry completely and then paint the other side.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 3

Step 3:  Glue the bottom edge of the rim of the bowl.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 4

Step 4: Attach the bowl to the plate and allow to dry completely.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 5

Step 5: Using the larger brush, paint around the inner rim of the hat. This will be part of the “ribbon” that goes around Madeline’s hat. If you try to do this with ribbon, it will bunch up and won’t look as nice. But, if you prefer to not have the kids paint this, they can glue the ribbon here instead.

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Step 6: Tie a bow with the ribbon and put a dot of glue on it.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids Step 7

Step 7: Attach the ribbon to the “back” of the bowl (wherever you choose that to be). Allow to dry completely.

Madeline Hat Craft For Kids

Now the kids are ready to “wear” their new Madeline hats! This is such a cute and fun Madeline Hat Craft for Kids. Enjoy!


  1. shelly peterson says

    What a super cute craft idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Christina Almond says

    That is so cute and simple! I love the Madeline character!

  3. What a fun idea and project! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Bernie Wallace says

    I remember reading these books as a kid. This is a great idea. I know someone who would definitely like to make this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I have a niece I would like to make this hat with/for. I know she would love it. What a cute craft idea! And it looks just like the real Madeline’s hat!

  6. I remember Madeline, brough tback so many memories. Looks just like her hat

  7. What a great idea I love it

  8. Julie Waldron says

    This is adorable! My daughter loved Madeline when she was little. This is perfect for any Madeline fan!

  9. My 3 year old daughter loves hats. This looks like an easy craft that we can do together. She will enjoy paining the hat.

  10. What a cute, cheap, and easy craft idea!! Perfect craft for little Madeline lovers!

  11. Dana Rodriguez says

    That is such a cute idea and so easy. I think any little girl would love to do this!

  12. I remember reading to my kids the book on Madeline. She’s been around for a long time and I’ve always thought her hat was cute. This craft was pin worthy and I thank you for sharing this and the awesome idea to make a craft that has something to do with the weekly book reading!

  13. Tracie Cooper says

    My niece loves Madeline and would love to make this craft.

  14. Shelley Joy P says

    Such an easy and fun craft! The kids love having something to go with a book they love like this 🙂

  15. Adorable! I loved reading Madeline growing up!

  16. This would be a fun craft to try with my granddaughter 🙂

  17. Marisela Zuniga says

    These are soo cute!! from far away they don’t look like plates, I used to love reading Madeline books

  18. What a cute and easy craft idea! Fun way to get your child excited to read the book!

  19. chtistina moore says

    This hat is so cute, my granddaughter would love this

  20. We absolutely love these books. What a great craft!

  21. Donna L Holder says

    a great project. thank you

  22. Sara Tarver says

    This is cute!

  23. Brandon Sparks says

    My little one will love this.. Thanks

  24. Margaret S Porter says

    this is a great idea for a rainy day!

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