Create a Mushroom Hat (a la Toad from Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers) with closet junk!

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We decided to dress up like Nintendo characters for a music video, so we needed a mushroom hat so that our drummer could be Toad.  This project only took a few hours and was all created with stuff we already had lying around in closets, unused.  The perfect project to compliment your spring cleaning! 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Materials we used:

- A cowboy hat: we used an old straw one I had lying around
- A large sheet of cardboard: dependant on how large you'd like the hat to be.  Thicker is better, as it will provide much needed stability.
- Red and white fabric: we used old t-shirts originally, but ended up commandeering a white linen pillowcase for a more professional look, though this isn't totally necessary.  White t-shirts without too much logo would also do.
- Strips of foam: (not pictured here) to provide the structure of the sides of the hat
- Plastic grocery bags: used for stuffing the hat

Tools: (Nothing major)

- Scissors
- Exacto knife
- Fabric glue

Step 2: The Base

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Use a large circular object or a makeshift compass to trace a large circle on your sheet of cardboard, and then some robust scissors to cut it out.  Next, in the centre, cut a hole roughly the size of the inside of your cowboy hat.  You'll want some good, thick cardboard.  As you can see, we got ours from the box of an older monitor that I don't intend to ship anywhere any more...

Step 3: Secure the Cowboy Hat

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We used some painters' tape to secure the hat to the base... although it didn't work very well.  I would recommend stronger tape, especially if you don't mind losing your hat to the project indefinitely.  It's not overly secure at the moment, but we'll fix that in later steps. 

Step 4: Start Forming the Outside

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Now we used that foam I mentioned to make the outer wall of the hat.  First we laid it down with tape, then stapled the edges to the rim of the had.  
LucDaRocka14 years ago
i dont like mario or anything, but i love mushrooms because of the phcycadelic, funky energy it gives off.
erka20104 years ago
Love it :)
splazem4 years ago
Very cool.
mary candy4 years ago
funny ;)
poofrabbit4 years ago
I just plain love game related anything! Very nice work, and I love how easily this can be created at a low cost! Nice job and good luck in the contest!