Introduction: How to Make a Paper Hat

Ever wanted to be like those hip kids in paper hats? Or Popeye? Well, now you can! With this majestic hat, you can be the coolest thing on two legs! (or one, you amputees, you!)

Step 1: Materials

To make this super-hip hat, you only need one thing: A large piece of paper!

For an adult sized hat, cut a piece of packing paper down to a 18" x 24" sheet.

For a kid sized hat, make the paper 15 x 20".

If you don't have packing paper, you can use wrapping paper or newspaper, but beware that the ink from the newsprint will get on your hands! Another option is to open up a paper shopping bag and use that.

Step 2: Fold the Paper

Fold it in half, horizontally, like in the pictures above, making sure that all the edges line up with each other.

Step 3: Folding the Corners

To form the peak of the hat, first you'll need to find the center of the folded sheet so you know where to fold the corners to.

To do this, fold the paper in half and make a crease half way down from the folded top, pressing gently.

Then fold the 2 corners to the center, so that the two flaps line up in the middle. Press the folded edges down.

Step 4: Making the 'Brim'

Carefully fold the two "flaps" at the bottom up. This forms the brim and helps the hat keep it's shape once opened.

Step 5: Trick It Out!

Add some cool designs to jazz up your new hat. You can use paint, markers, stamps, or... WASHI TAPE!

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now be cool in your awesomely simple paper hat!

Comments

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marblegravy made it! (author)2016-10-11

Amelia loves her new hat!

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Percebeth made it! (author)2016-09-19

I'm wearing this hat for HAT DAY at my school Spirt week.

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surelyujest71 made it! (author)2016-09-06

I wore my paper hat (newspaper) while driving a school bus full of kids!

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ToyB1 made it! (author)2016-04-18

did it

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MatS5 made it! (author)2015-12-18

Perfect for entertaining my daughter on the train using an old free magazine!

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dartsthebutcher made it! (author)2015-05-14

Happy days

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ShirazEpic made it! (author)2015-04-16

IM USING DIS 4 HAT DAY AT SCHOOL

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rmayfield1 made it! (author)2015-03-28

Easy and quick. Made me super dad for a few previous minutes. :)

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rmayfield1 made it! (author)rmayfield12015-03-28

*precious

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AngieP1 made it! (author)2015-03-27

worked for my 3 year old thanks :)

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EthanL4 made it! (author)2015-03-03

i have it but i made it and its too small

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EthanL4 made it! (author)2015-03-03

its too small for me :[

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jcmindstorms made it! (author)2014-09-01

Very useful. I can apply this knowledge to fold the stimulus for my QCS test once I have completed and pretend I'm a captain

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nrunft made it! (author)2014-01-12

I'm going to make these for a photo booth :)

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ritu3789 made it! (author)2013-04-21

it was good but I was looking for the visual of the final product

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hiheenah made it! (author)2011-09-19

Unfortunately a lot of newspapers have made their paper smaller than they were when I was kid. I tried to make a hat for my kids just like this a few years ago and I was amazed it didn't work. Not only was it too small, but the proportion was all off. I thought I was crazy until, like a good recovering OCD patient, I called the newspaper and they confirmed my local Arizona Republic had shrunk considerably.

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Joe the Optimist made it! (author)2011-08-19

It's too small :C

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Scott The Pyro made it! (author)2006-12-11

I know a bit of oragami, my best are those paper birds that flap their wings when you pull their tails. Does anyone think I should post this?

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linkmaster03 made it! (author)linkmaster032007-05-14

Yes please post the bird!

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fireguard made it! (author)fireguard2011-03-12

Yes, please post the bird! I'm hungry... :D

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mabdulla90 made it! (author)mabdulla902006-12-11

Totally! They're awesome, and really pretty.

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Matt0023 made it! (author)2010-12-26

very quick hat, nice! only drawback: using 8 1/2 x 11 paper = hat for the micro-cephalic (children!) and/or Antoine Merriweather from Men On Film (sorry hipsters, you're probably too young to get that reference). Time for me to scale this up for my melon.

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Gurbir made it! (author)2008-09-05

how can I put this on? (not open)

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kitten_mitten22 made it! (author)kitten_mitten222010-11-05

Easy after you bent the two corners down fold one flap forwards and on flap backwards

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mabdulla90 made it! (author)mabdulla902008-09-06

1) Place on head (use a newspaper, normal paper is small), horizontal is best 2) ???? 3) Profit!!!!

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qballcat made it! (author)qballcat2009-07-07

southpark reference FTW

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stupidstickanimations made it! (author)2010-07-19

if this hat is folded in a certain way a boat is made

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charlotte569 made it! (author)2010-06-01

thx but we don't get any big things to make hats on so i just made a like a pretend one adn it looks real lol thx that was a nice and easy was that easy or wat ada peps out there YEAH i think it was thx

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charlotte569 made it! (author)2010-06-01

ha i like the person real funny he looks cute wit da sword and all dat LOL nice one

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LasVegas made it! (author)2006-12-09

Very cute. BTW: Newspapers haven't used petroleum based inks for decades. They no longer stain the hands...

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hammer9876 made it! (author)hammer98762009-10-16

Oh, good. I must be imagining things, because the last time I read a newspaper, SOMETHING made my hands black.

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mabdulla90 made it! (author)mabdulla902006-12-10

Really? Because I remember in 8th grade, my firneds and i would go smear newspaper ink on peoples faces as practical jokes. That was about 3 years ago.

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LasVegas made it! (author)LasVegas2006-12-10

So I have to assume you're not in the U.S. I don't know where they still use petroleum based inks. They're more expensive themselves, as well as requiring more maintenance expenses.

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SeaLion made it! (author)SeaLion2007-01-07

so if the ink's petroleum based...if i set a bucket or a bobble (large one) of that ink on fire...will it burn as nice (or nearly as nice) as normal burning of petroleum? :P (not jokin...inquisitive...)

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mabdulla90 made it! (author)mabdulla902007-01-07

.....no. Because ink isn't petroleum based anymore. Unless you're in africa or something.

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SeaLion made it! (author)SeaLion2007-01-07

but if i used the old style petroleum based ink...and set it on fire...wud it burn nice? like any ink there is with a petroleum base...u get wut i mean? (i know i suck at expressin myself)

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kneecaps made it! (author)kneecaps2007-03-31

probably. then again doesnt normal paper or newspaper burn nice already?

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webo511 made it! (author)2009-08-22

i love how he like put TRICK IT OUT! and only put a lil symbol but good hat very fun

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narutofan411 made it! (author)2009-08-03

i personaly like the show naruto but gaara is wayyy kewler den naruto! (yes i am awaire dat my name says NARUTO fan)

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sambeano made it! (author)2009-07-17

Naruto freaking sucks

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drakkon made it! (author)drakkon2009-07-26

totally but the hat is awesome

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assasin1 made it! (author)2009-06-19

sound this saved me this morning kids needed a paper hat for school,lolatu is obviously clueless with no kids this was a lifesaver.

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Lolatu made it! (author)2009-06-11

You are a bellend. Why do you want to show people how to make hats? Do you live in the basement of your mums apartment? You are like a comic writer guy! Go you!!

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ToMmY m. made it! (author)2008-05-06

it doesnt get bigger

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rodlundd made it! (author)2008-03-26

that hat will fit an elf

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thewhiteranger made it! (author)2008-03-26

arrrrgghhh matey i be a usin this hat to pirate vessels

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xtank5 made it! (author)2007-11-08

Try this with a sheet of newspaper like 2ft. by 2 ft. I will fit anyones head and cover the eyes of anyone under about 14.

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killerandy28 made it! (author)2007-10-13

lol naruto leaf symbol........

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funwithfire325 made it! (author)2007-08-03

great job 4/5

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funwithfire325 made it! (author)2007-08-03

to small maybe for my brother

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