Presidential Occasion

When I was young, the fifth grade class at our school used to put together a “wax museum.” Each student would select a historical figure and write a summary about their life. Part of the assignment was to get a costume. The fifth grade teacher made makeshift buttons out of cardboard and the parents would come at different times, “push” the button and the student would recite his or her speech. It was such a great way to learn about important people in U.S. history.

Now, I know many of you have little ones today that will soon be celebrating President’s Day (note: this can also work for any 4th of July event). Some school assignments can get pretty pricey if the teachers require costumes (that is, if you’re thinking rentals). A friend of mine helped her younger brother put together a powdered wig for his president costume last year and it turned out great!


  • Paper painter’s hat (try home depot or one from a fast food restaurant)
  • About ½ a bag of cotton balls
  • White craft glue
  • 4” x 2” black felt
  • Scissors


1.    Stuff something inside the hat like a hand towel or a few rags, just to give it some shape.

2.    Glue cotton balls to the hat, starting at the front and working your way back. Continue until the entire hat is covered.

3.    Cut the black felt into 4 long strips. Glue 2 of them to the center of the bill of the hat (over the cotton balls) in an upside down “V” shape. This will be the tail of the bow.

4.    Fold the remaining two strips in half and glue the ends together to form the bow ties.

5.    Glue the bow over the bow tail.

6.    Allow to dry completely.

7.    Wear hat backwards so the bow is above the nape of the neck.

Shop our Patriotic Party Supplies for themed tableware. Good Luck!

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