Mardi Gras comes in February but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the entire year. An important part of the Mardi Gras court is the court jester. The court jester is there to entertain the royal court or Krewe. A Krewe is an organization that has a float in the parade, complete with a king, queen, maid, pages, and of course, jester. The jester is brought into the celebration to make each Krewe’s king and queen, and the royal family laugh.
It’s easy to make one of these hats. To make your very own court jester hat, you’ll need just a few supplies. They are scissors, needle, thread, cardboard, four small jingle bells, about 18-inches of 1-foot wide elastic, and cotton filler. You will also need three pieces of material, at least 18-inches by 12-inches in length and width in each of the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green. Purple stands for justice. Gold is for power. Green is for faith.
Start with the cardboard and draw a crescent or half-moon. Make it about 16-inches long and 4-inches wide, at the widest point. Cut this crescent shape in half so you have two pieces that are each 8-inches long and 4-inches wide. For the gold, cut double the pieces.
Sketch outlines of the crescent shape on each of the three colors. Then cut out the shapes and lay out the four pairs of contrasting colors. For example, a good combination would be two sets of green and purple, one set of green and gold, and one set of purple and gold.
Next, stitch the border of both long sides of the half-crescents, either by hand or by sewing machine. Leave 1/8-inch on both sides and the end unstitched. Once you have all four crescents stitched, turn them inside out so the raw edges of the frayed material are on the inside. Fill it loosely with the cotton filler, about Âľ full, and sew a couple of stitches at the end of the filler to keep it from coming out. Take a piece of material long enough to fit around your head, fold it over so it is about an inch thick. Loosely stitch it so the two smaller ends are open.
Measure your head with the elastic, so it will be a little snug. Feed it through the headband you already made and sew the ends together so it makes a nice fitted headband. Sew a bell on each end of the crescent. Sew the crescents equidistant around the headband. You’re almost done! Take the loose pieces of the crescents, and turn the hat upside down, so you are looking inside it. Pull the end pieces together so the crowns will be somewhat floppy and knot them or sew the loose pieces in the middle. Turn it over, right side up.
Place the hat on your head, and you are ready to be the royal court jester. Pick a king and queen to entertain, and you will be on your way to Mardi Gras!