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This is my first attempt at making an instructable. Enjoy! :)

Feeling bored at work one day, I noticed the gift shop selling these tiny hats. They look pretty simple to make without the pricy cost of purchasing one. Using materials found around the house, I was able to put one together rather quickly. This is an easy project for someone on a budget but wanting a cute halloween costume. 


Step 1: Supplies

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Materials Used:

Corrugated cardboard, preferably one that is strong but malleable
Electrical tape
Scissors
Ruler
Math Compass (not required but helpful)
Pencil
Xacto knife
Fabric glue
Stretchy string or bobby pins
Misc. paint, feathers, felt, fabric, etc... for decorating

Step 2: Making the Body

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Cut a long strip of cardboard to the exact height and width of desired hat. (Make sure the corrugated cardboard used has the holes facing vertically.) For my hat, I used the dimensions of 3 x 9 inches, leaving a 1/2 to 3/4 inch tab at one end. Finally dimensions are 3 x 9 3/4 inches. Using colored felt, cut a long strip of fabric to the same dimensions as the strip of cardboard leaving some room in the width.

I wrapped by cardboard strip around a vitamin bottle that I found in my medicine cabinet. The strip ended up fitting perfectly around the bottle. You may want to base the circumference of the hat around a bottle or container that you are using. This will help keep the round shape of the tube. If there are no bottles laying around, you may also use the edge of a counter and gently roll the cardboard until it creates a round shape. Tape the gap closed with the tab on the inside. Use an extra piece of tape to secure the tab on the inside. 

Now it should look like a tube. 
 
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Vahyla2 years ago
scoochmaroo thought it would be a good idea I let you know from this and another tutorial I found online, made myself a little hat. Very clear instructions, thanks.
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wildcat03 (author)  Vahyla1 year ago
looks awesome!
sredmon3 years ago
Nice idea. I like it. :)
I'm gonna scale this up for a Steampunk costume I'm working on. Thanks for the info.
Great first Instructable!
wildcat03 (author)  jessandstavro3 years ago
Thanks!