The Kentucky Derby doesn’t have to be an adult-only affair. Kids can get in on the fun of all the festivities, too. Today, I’m sharing some Kentucky Derby ideas for kids – DIY Paper Plate Derby Hats and Paper Bowties. These fun crafts will have your pint size guests enjoying the traditional Derby attire, while keep them entertained at your party. And, if you aren’t hosting a party, these crafts would be a fun and simple way to keep the kids busy leading up to the Running of the Roses. Plus, you little colts and fillies will look especially dapper for race day!
If you’re planning on setting up a DIY Paper Plate Derby Hat & Paper Bowtie making station at a party, you can get our Free Printable Derby Bonnet Sign for your set up by simply joining our Freebies Newsletter, here. On our table, several craft items were set out to be used to decorate the hats and bowties. Some of the items included fabric flowers, ribbon, paint, watercolors, and crepe paper. The fabric flowers were purchased at the dollar store.
For the table setup, traditional Derby décor items, like mint julep cups, silver bowls, silver trays, and apothecary jars, held the craft items. The sign was attached to the wall with washi tape.
Kentucky Derby Ideas for Kids:
Paper Watercolor Bowtie
What you’ll need:
Tape or Glue (or hot glue if adults are supervising)
Makers, Watercolors, Crayons or other items for decorating
1. Print off template. Cut out one of the large bowtie templates, along with the small rectangle. Trace template onto thick paper and cut desired amount of blank bowties.
2. Let kids decorate the bowties.
3. Place bowtie right side down and fold one side of bowtie into the middle. Attach with glue or tape. Repeat with other side. For photos, please see here.
4. Glue or tape about a 12″-18″ piece of ribbon to back side of bowtie. Wrap rectangle around the center, attaching to the back side of bowtie. Bowtie is ready to wear!
Paper Plate Derby Hat
What you’ll need:
Glue (or hot glue if adults are supervising)
Fabric Flowers or other items for decorating
1. Cut a large hole from the center of the plate. You’ll want to cut a hole slightly smaller than the top of the bowl.
2. Apply glue to top, outer rim of the bowl and glue onto the bottom side of the plate.
3. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the plate, so they are directly across from each other.
4. Cut a one yard piece of ribbon and string it through the holes. You’ll want to bring the ribbon through the holes so that it is on the top side of the hat.
5. Let kids decorate!