Cookin’ With The Kid: Custom Hats

Welcome to Cookin’ and Crafts with the Kid, a new column where I will bring you the best in Florida Panthers cooking, crafts, and minor home improvement. Want to put in a new deck or pave a driveway? Well don’t come here. Want to learn how to make Florida Panthers-themed Jello or a super fresh, one-of-a-kind hat? Well look no further as Martha “The Kid” Stewart is going to help you get your craft on. In today’s article, I’m going to show you how to make a one-of-a-kind Panthers hat.

Recently, I posted two banging fresh hats on Twitter. Each hat got so many favorites and retweets that I stopped counting and decided to let everyone know how they can make their own. Here is a list of things you will need to get started:

  1. Hat

  2. Florida Panthers Patch.

  3. Hot Glue Gun*

  4. Pizza Rolls*

  5. Scissors

  6. A medium size soup pot

  7. Hot Clothes Iron*

*These items can become extremely hot. Martha “The Kid” Stewart takes no responsibility if you burn yourself or your house to the ground.

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The first step is to pick a patch. I found many patches on Ebay. Patches from the entire Panther history can be found pretty easily. I found my patch for $7.00, and All-Star patches and XX year patches can be found rather cheaply. Pick something that looks cool, order it,  and wait patiently by the mailbox for it to come. Make sure the patch will fit the hat; most will but if it doesn’t, you might have to trim it up a bit.

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The second step is get a logo-free hat. I went to the Lids hat store to get my hat. FYI, Lids only sells hats; they do not sell lids of any other type so don’t ask. These hats typically run around $20.00 but you can find cheaper options online. A word of caution though: hats bought on the internet might not fit properly so it’s best to stop being lazy and drive to the mall so you can try them on to see if they fit. Also make sure the hat matches the patch, try to pick complimentary colors or use a theme.

After you get the patch and the hat, it’s time to get to work. Set up the ironing board, warm up the glue gun, and get those pizza rolls in the micro. Grab the hat and place the patch on the hat trying to find the center. It helps to not be cross-eyed for this. If you have a case of the googly eyes, it’s probably better to get someone else to do this. After you center the patch and it looks good, place a small drop of glue on the bottom of the patch to get it started. I then move to the right side and then the left gluing a little bit at a time. Watch out for excess glue that could stain the hat. Use a small amount of glue to do this. If you use too much glue and press down, glue will come shooting out and make a giant mess. Also dont place glue too close to the edge of the patch as this will definitely lead to glue seeping from the edges.

After the patch is placed on the hat, put the hat over a medium-sized soup pot. Then grab those Totinos pizza rolls and munch on that for a bit while admiring your handy work. When finished, place a towel over the patch and use a hot iron to press the patch down. This will spread the glue out evenly and iron out any creases. Just don’t let the glue get too hot as the patch might slide.

Let the glue dry before placing it on your head, and you are done. Tweet out a pic and know that you have the only hat like it. Enjoy.

Total cost: $27.00 dollars and 1 hour of labor (and 4 hours in the bathroom due to pizza rolls).

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