In the Philippines, July is Nutrition Month and the schools usually celebrate it with food sharing, food preparation, create your own headdress and drawing contest. They either select a few parents to prepare “healthy” snacks and present in front of a class, have a drawing contest (related to the theme), ask parents to bring in food during the last day of celebration and most importantly and the reason why I am blogging now is the “HEALTHY HAT” – actually, I made that up! 🙂
One of the activities is to create a headdress with GLOW, GROW, GO food. First thought, what the hell are these and how am I gonna fit that on my kid’s head? Are you kidding me? A headdress? Wait, what is a headdress anyway? Ooooohhhh it’s gonna be a busy week!
My idea in the beginning was to find a cheap headband and buy fruits or a few leaves and create a cutesy headband for her. I can’t find any near our place. So, I just thought of using my old fedora hat and buy cute, realistic fruits that will still look fashionable on top of my kid’s head.
I found some of these flowers with berries (oh I am so bad with plants, fruits and veggies – please don’t judge me), 2 big fruits and a red chilli pepper. What’s a red chilli pepper doing on the hat of nutritious food? Um, I don’t know. It just looks nice on my eye, it caught my attention the moment I saw it. So, I must put that on the hat.
Materials: Hat, Glue stick, Super Glue, Needle and Thread and your choice of fruit or flowers.
How to stick and design:
- Separate the berries with the branches. What I did was, I paired half of the purple wild berries with the red. I was planning to design only the half side of the hat.
- The paired red and purple berry was “stitched” on the hat like this. I actually stitched the stems / branches on the hat itself. Was it hard? Nah, it made the berries more sturdy.
- I also stitched the pepper. (I tried sticking it with glue stick, it didn’t work). So, I stitched both the ends of the pepper.
- I used a elastic glue (in Manila, the brand is Mighty Bond ) for the pear and “dalandan” a fruit that is similar to an orange but is green. Um, yes, an Orange that is green. I just chose that fruit for balance of color. 🙂
Voila! My kid’s fruit hat fit for the occasion – Nutrition Month! Oh, and from the looks of it, I can use it too!
Some photos were taken at home right after I finished this little project and the other from the school during the actual headdress presentation. This DIY fruit hat is not just for kids but also for mom’s looking for a hat to wear to complete a costume. 🙂 Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making the hat!