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Off Day Arts & Crafts Project: Paper Baseball Cap

Fan Happiness Project August: Arts & Crafts

Okay, so I originally had a cooler Padres art project planned for this off day, but my sewing machine didn't want to cooperate, so that one will have to wait for some other day. Here's something to tide you over until then.

New baseball caps can be pretty pricey these days. Luckily, I came across this video that demonstrates how to make your own baseball cap out of newspaper! How clever and useful!

You can customize it to fit your own head even better than any fitted hat you'll find in a store. Furthermore, you can personalize it to rep your Padres pride. What more could you ask for?

See, step by step, how I made my own Padres hat after the jump.

The video says to use a shallow bowl to shape your hat, but all my bowls were either too big or too small, so I used my Padres batting helmet. I shaped the newspaper around the helmet and taped it, just like in the video.

Then I cut the excess paper off the sides and made a bill for the hat.

I used masking tape to cover the bill. I think this is supposed to add structural integrity. In the video, she makes her bill flat, but I like a curved bill myself so I tried to shape it so that it curves.

Now came the fun part - decorating! So I wanted to make a Padres hat obviously. I found a can of navy blue spray paint in my garage, so I took my newspaper hat outside and spray painted the whole outside and the underside of the bill, then let it dry in the sun.

[Note: The pictures above make the color look a lot more Dodger-like than it actually is.]

When it was done drying, I took some white puffy paint that I found and drew the SD logo on the hat. Then I let that dry as well.

Finished product! The bill came out flatter than I'd like, but oh well. Looks just like the real thing huh? And it cost me just pennies! You can wear this around town or to a Padres game and no one will be the wiser.

Okay, so here are a couple of downsides I discovered after making this hat. First of all, it would be highly impractical to wear this hat if it is rainy, or even just at night games when there's some moisture in the air. Your hat would definitely not hold up well. Secondly, depending on how you decorate your hat and the quality of newspaper you use to make it, this is not a hat that will last you for too many outings.

Solution: clear tape. Cover your entire hat in some packing tape to help it become more weatherproof. As a bonus, the tape will also protect the design on your hat, whether you use paint, glitter, stickers, or anything else you desire. It'll also add a bit of sturdiness to the hat and help it last longer.

Hope this inspires you all to work on your Happiness Resolution for August and make some crafts of your own! Stay tuned for more, better art projects later this month.