Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Cat in The Hat balloon hat




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Materials: balloons, scissors and an air pump.
This instruction is a tribute to work of wonderful writer and amazing artist. His works full of fun and wisdom inspired generations of kids. "A person's a person, no matter how small" Dr. Seuss (click here to visit Official site of DrSeuss and the Cat in the Hat). We are going to make relatively small size sculpture of the Hat, as it appears in Dr. Seuss work "The Cat in the Hat". The Hat has red and white zebra pattern starting from the top of the hat with total of six stripes. We are going to use Lollipop sculpture to make the top and the bottom of the hat. The rest of the hat we work in similar fashion as described in instructions Caterpillar and/or Hat Sunflower. Let's start from the top of the hat. Inflate red balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail (Pic 1). 

Twist the first soft about one-inch bubble. Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 2).

Twist the second soft about seven-inch bubble (Pic 3).

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 4).

Loop balloon around the second bubble to measure the third bubble. Mark the spot near the first bubble. Twist the third bubble at this spot (Pic 5).

Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist (Pic 6). The rest of the balloon is the fourth bubble.

Force the locked end of the fourth bubble through the loop of the second bubble (Pic 7 through 9). The fourth bubble should protrude about one inch on one side (the top) of the hat. The rest of the balloon is going to be inside of the hat. It helps to keep all bubbles of the hat close to each other.



Inflate white balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail. Tie nozzle of the white balloon with the first red bubble (Pic 10).

Twist the first white about one-inch bubble. Twist the 2nd white soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 11).

Lock both ends of the second white bubble in one lock twist (Pic 12).

Loop the white balloon around the red balloon to measure the size of the third bubble. Twist the third white bubble (Pic 13).

Lock both ends of the third white bubble in one lock twist (Pic 14 trough 16). Keep the fourth red bubble inside of the loop of the third white bubble.



Inflate the second red balloon. Twist the first red soft about one-inch bubble. Lock both ends of the first red bubble in one lock twist. Twist the fourth white about one-inch bubble (Pic 17).

Lock the free end of the fourth white bubble with the first bubble of the second red balloon (Pic 18).

Measure and twist the second red bubble (Pic 19).

Lock both ends of the second red bubble in one lock twist. Keep the fourth red bubble (of the first balloon) inside of the loop of the second red bubble of the second red balloon (Pic 20 through 22).



Twist the fifth white about one-inch bubble. Twist the sixth white soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 23).

Lock both ends of the sixth white bubble in one lock twist. Twist the third red about one-inch bubble (Pic 24).

Lock the free end of the 3rd bubble of the 2nd red balloon with the sixth white bubble (Pic 25).

Measure and twist the seventh white bubble (Pic 26).

Lock both ends of the seventh white bubble in one lock twist. Remember to keep the fourth bubble of the first red balloon inside of the loop of the seventh white bubble (Pic 27 and 28).


At this point we have made four stripes. The original hat as described by Dr. Seuss has six stripes. So, we can work the rest of the hat in the same fashion as described above to make one more red stripe. And then make the white lollipop to finish the hat. Add additional balloons if you need. Also, we can make the hat using just five stripes. Making total of three red and two white stripes. It takes just two red and one white balloon. Let's work it. Cut off the rest of the white balloon and tie off the end (Pic 29 through 31).



Twist the fourth about one-inch bubble of the second red balloon. Twist the fifth soft about one-inch bubble of the second red balloon. Lock both ends of the fifth bubble of the second red balloon in one lock twist (Pic 32).

Measure and twist the sixth red bubble (Pic 33).

Lock both ends of the sixth red bubble in one lock twist. Remember to keep the 4th red bubble
 of the 1st red balloon inside of the loop of the sixth bubble (Pic 34).

Loop the second red balloon around the sixth red bubble to measure the seventh red bubble. Twist the seventh red bubble. Lock both ends of the seventh red bubble in one lock twist. Cut off the rest of the second red bubble and tie off the end (Pic 35 through 38). We have made the second lollipop. It represents the bottom of the hat.




Pull all bubbles close to each other. Measure and twist the 4th bubble of the 1st red balloon. It should protrude about two-inch from the bottom of the hat (Pic 39).

Lock the free end of the 4th bubble of the 1st red balloon with the 5th bubble of the 2nd red balloon (Pic 40 and 41).


Cut off the rest of the second red balloon and tie off the end (Pic 42 through 46).




Congratulations, we have made the Hat. As you can see, even with five stripes (instead of 6 as in the original Hat) it's easy recognizable.

The size of the hat is surprisingly suitable for dolls and for people as well. We can use flat balloons to attach the hat (Pic 47).

Force and fix the nozzles of flat balloons from the bottom of the hat between the sixth and the seventh red bubbles (Pic 48)

Place the hat on the head and tie loosely the ends of the flat balloons under chin. Also, I prefer to put hide the flat balloons behind ears (Pic 49 though 51).
Important: make sure the person wearing the Hat can breath freely! Ask the person if he/ she is comfortable wearing the hat. You should be able to put easy two fingers under the flat balloons. Balloons pop and present choking hazards. Adult must provide supervision for kids playing with balloons at all times.



To fix the Hat on smaller size heads (as for dolls) we can use just one flat balloon. In the following example I use blue and pink colors for the hat. Never the less, kids instantly call my dog the Cat in the Hat!
Important: pets (animals) are not comfortable wearing or even being around balloons! The same rules as with kids applies for all pets. Adult must provide supervision for pets (animals) playing with balloons at all times. Remove balloons from pet as soon as possible (Pic 52).

We can use any shape bow along with the Hat (Pic 53).

Attach the bow to the ends of flat balloons. Hide the flat balloons
 on the back side of the bow (Pic 54).

Put the Hat on and fix the bow under your chin (Pic 55 through 57).


One size fits all :)

Work in the same fashion to make the hat with six stripes (Pic 58 through 61). Use the second white balloon if necessary to make the bottom of the hat. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year! !שנה טובה С Новым годом! Have fun and happy twisting :)



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