Celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday this year by wearing a fun hat you made yourself!

This is an easy patriotic project that kids can make and wear to a parade or party. Potato stamps have been around for a long time and can be used on almost any surface. Plus, they are inexpensive and fit easily into children’s hands. Moms and dads will need to help with the cutting, but kids can create most of this project; even preschoolers can get in on the fun.


  • Blue card stock
  • Paper plate
  • Blue and white craft paint
  • Red and white construction or scrapbook paper
  • Potato
  • Small star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Kitchen or craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen or marker
  • Foam and paint brushes
  • Elastic cord, if desired


  1. Paint outer edge of plate with blue paint. Let dry and repeat.
  2. Glue two pieces of blue card stock together on short edge, overlapping approximately 1 inch.
  3. Cut red and white paper into 1- by 3-inch pieces.
  4. Glue alternating red and white stripe approximately 1 inch from long edge of card stock, stopping approximately 6 inches from opposite edge.
  5. Cut one end off the potato.
  6. Press cookie cutter into potato or draw a star shape. If drawing, blot potato on a paper towel first.
  7. Adults: Carefully remove the cookie cutter and cut out edges with a kitchen knife. Then cut around the edge of the potato at the depth of cuts to remove outside pieces. The uncut end of the potato becomes the handle.
  8. Paint star shape with white paint and stamp onto cardstock above the stripes repeating until you have as many stars as you want. Let dry.
  9. Cut out the center of the painted plate.
  10. Cut slits in the edge of the card stock up to the stripes to create tabs.
  11. Roll card stock into a cylinder to fit inside the whole you just cut in the plate. Glue edges together and let dry.
  12. Insert the tabs of the cylinder into the hole in the plate. Fold and glue the tabs to the plate. Let dry.
  13. Add stickers and other decorations, if desired.

You can add an elastic cord to the hat to ensure it stays on your child’s head. Simply measure the cord to desired length. Poke holes on either side near bottom of cylinder. Insert ends of cord into holes and tie knots to secure. Add a small piece of tape to secure knot to inside of hat, if desired.

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