1) … where are the cats?
2) Ah… there they are!
3) Cats A, B and C!
My boys love Dr. Seuss, so when their school had a ‘literary character’ dress-up day, I grabbed the opportunity to make a Cat In The Hat costume. And because a Cat In The Hat costume isn’t a Cat In The Hat costume without cats in the hat (breathe!) – I decided to add some ‘pop up’ ones, as you can see above!
My first attempt had a manually opened lid. It was cool, but I wanted something with a bit more POP. So I went back to the drawing board and added a pull-cord mechanism. This meant revealing ‘Cats A, B and C’ was as easy as tugging on a ring at the back of the hat!
How to make your own ‘Pop up’ Cat In The Hat costume
I’ve provided instructions for making a simple hat, with a hinged lid the kids can open and shut by hand, as well as the more complex pull-cord version. For the latter, I’ve had to condense the instructions somewhat – so perhaps that version is for those wanting a bit more of an engineering challenge!
You can also print out the artwork (link below) for the bow and the cats, they were drawn freehand by me, based on Dr. Seuss original drawings, I’m not taking any credit for them!
1) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
2) Printable artwork – for those who don’t want to draw!
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I’ve been banging on about my book quite a bit recently, so I’m very pleased to bring your attention to someones else’s – Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids.
It’s been written by Maggy Woodley – the prolific crafter behind the massively successful Red Ted Art blog. Maggy has been a great help to me over the last couple of years, so it’s a real privilege to give her lovely new book a big shout-out!
Please go check it out, it’s full of truly cute craft projects that make use of materials you’ll find lying around your house – except for the googly eyes, you’ll need to buy them (but they are worth it)!