Introduction: How to Make a Paper Hat

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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!

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

Step 6: Enjoy!

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Now be cool in your awesomely simple paper hat!


PRIVATEGAMER made it! (author)2017-12-07

I want to make one out of a sticky note. Oh well.

It can also double as an Ice cream cone.

Gurbir (author)2008-09-05

how can I put this on? (not open)

Lizzyl10 (author)Gurbir2017-10-02


kitten_mitten22 (author)Gurbir2010-11-05

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

mabdulla90 (author)Gurbir2008-09-06

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

qballcat (author)mabdulla902009-07-07

southpark reference FTW

Lizzyl10 made it! (author)2017-10-02

thanks this was so helpful

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

Amelia loves her new hat!

Percebeth (author)2016-09-19

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

surelyujest71 (author)2016-09-06

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

ToyB1 (author)2016-04-18

did it

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

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

dartsthebutcher (author)2015-05-14

Happy days

ShirazEpic (author)2015-04-16


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

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

rmayfield1 (author)rmayfield12015-03-28


AngieP1 (author)2015-03-27

worked for my 3 year old thanks :)

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

i have it but i made it and its too small

EthanL4 (author)2015-03-03

its too small for me :[

jcmindstorms (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

nrunft (author)2014-01-12

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

ritu3789 (author)2013-04-21

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

hiheenah (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.

Joe the Optimist (author)2011-08-19

It's too small :C

Scott The Pyro (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?

Yes please post the bird!

fireguard (author)linkmaster032011-03-12

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

Totally! They're awesome, and really pretty.

Matt0023 (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.

stupidstickanimations (author)2010-07-19

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

charlotte569 (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

charlotte569 (author)2010-06-01

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

LasVegas (author)2006-12-09

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

hammer9876 (author)LasVegas2009-10-16

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

mabdulla90 (author)LasVegas2006-12-10

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.

LasVegas (author)mabdulla902006-12-10

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.

SeaLion (author)LasVegas2007-01-07

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...)

mabdulla90 (author)SeaLion2007-01-07 Because ink isn't petroleum based anymore. Unless you're in africa or something.

SeaLion (author)mabdulla902007-01-07

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)

kneecaps (author)SeaLion2007-03-31

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

webo511 (author)2009-08-22

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

narutofan411 (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)

sambeano (author)2009-07-17

Naruto freaking sucks

drakkon (author)sambeano2009-07-26

totally but the hat is awesome

assasin1 (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.

Lolatu (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!!

ToMmY m. (author)2008-05-06

it doesnt get bigger

rodlundd (author)2008-03-26

that hat will fit an elf

thewhiteranger (author)2008-03-26

arrrrgghhh matey i be a usin this hat to pirate vessels

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