Tutorial: Baby Yoda Birthday Hat
Last weekend, we celebrated my husband’s birthday! It was just a simple gathering with his side of the family and the kids. My husband Brent LOVES Star Wars, which is the opposite of how I feel about it… Haha, kidding… Maybe not… 😉 It was his special day, so I thought of creating something Star Wars related. That’s how I thought of making a Yoda ear hat for our kids to wear. In fact, I made this last year on Brent’s birthday for our first born, Cavan. I thought it would be fun to do it again so that our two kids could say “Happy Birthday!” with the hats. My youngest son Kieran actually didn’t get the chance to wear it because he fell asleep early after dinner last weekend. Instead, his cousin wore it for the night as a proxy. I got the idea for the Yoda ear hat from Pinterest (credit for the artist), but there was no tutorial on how to make it. That’s why I decided to share how I created mine.
What you need:
Green Cartolina Paper
Scissor and Cutter
A. Measure and cut a strip of the paper to have have a width of 2.5 inches and keep the length of the cartolina paper.
B. Find the center of the paper lengthwise, and mark it with a pencil.
C. Measure at least 8 inches from the center to the left and to the right, marking each of these spots with a pencil as well. These marks will be where the cuts will be made to insert the two ears into.
Create inserts by slicing into the two pencil marks you made from STEP 1c. The size of the inserts will depend on the size of the Yoda ears’ tabs, but which we will go over in Step 3. To be safe,you can start with smaller insert sizes and then adjust them later, as needed.
To create the ears, I used a pencil to sketch one ear, but left a rectangular tab on the end. This tab will be placed inside one of the inserts we made earlier. Cut out the ear sketch with a scissor. I recommend first making the right ear, then flipping it over, to trace it to create the left ear.. I also used a black marker to draw lines inside the ears to add a little detail. In case you need help with the ear shape, here’s a FREE traceable Yoda ear that I made for you. I hope it helps!
Insert the rectangular tabs of each ear into the inserts. You can now make the inserts larger if the tabs do not fit inside your original cuts.
Secure it with tape or glue, whichever you prefer. I found it better to fold the tabs outward, instead of inward, to better keep the ears steady.
Now, write your greeting on it! Since I have two kids, I made two hats. One hat that said, “Happy” and one hat that said “Birthday!” Moms can also wear a hat, if you only have one child, to spell out a phrase. If you have two or more children, you could maybe add the celebrant’s name, or write funny or silly words to make a longer phrase that matches the number of people wearing the hats.:)
Adjust the strip of paper to fit securely, and comfortably around your child’s head using tape.
It’s nothing fancy, but it’s fun to do! Hope this helps!:)
“Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11:19