How to Make a Duct Tape Hat





Introduction: How to Make a Duct Tape Hat

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How to create a Duct Tape hat out of, you guessed it, Duct Tape! Using only Duct Tape, Tin Foil, Scissors, X-acto blade or knife, a marker, and a hat, you too can have a hat made out of that wonderful product, Duct Tape!

Step 1: Supplies & Getting Ready

Supplies that you will need include:
Duct Tape
A Hat
A pair of Scissors and a knife
A roll of Tin Foil
a Marker (Washable, and very light color

Make your workspace clear and free of things such as lint or eraser bits. You will need some room. Set down a thing of newspapers so that you don't cut your surface or anything.

Don't cut yourself. Ever. EVAR! Simple enough. If you cut your finger off, it's your own fault.

Step 2: Casting the Top of the Hat

To make the Top of the hat, instert some Tin Foil into the hat, and put the hat on, making sure to flatten the tin foil so that it will make the shape you want. Be sure that you are doing the TOP of the hat, tip of the hat, whatever you want to call it. Then, take the tin foil out of the hat. You should now have a cast of the top of your hat.

Note: Using tin foil and making a cast of a hat can save you the trouble of putting duct tape inside the hat to try to make a hat inside the hat. This works for any hat. It also doesn't make you look cheap by just duct taping the hat completly. That's called cheating.

Step 3: Duct Taping the Top of the Hat

Now you'll make a sheet of Duct Tape, making sure it's relativly the same size of the cast. Make one side, and then the other. To make a sheet, place one strip of duct tape sticky side up, and then place another strip of equal length halfway down, also sticky side up, halfway down the first strip of DT. When you have the size you want, start on the next side.

Coming from experience, if you've made sheets of Duct Tape, you've probably made one sticky sheet, and then another, and tried to put the two sheets of paper together. I don't recommend this. Instead, make one sheet, and while sticky side up, start placing strips sticky side down peice by peice along the sticky sheet. This will save time and frustration.

Now, flatten the tin foil 'Cranium' on the sheet, making sure to keep the same shape.

When you've got it to the desired shape, outline using a marker or pen (Trust me, use marker) the shape, and when your done, cut out the shape of your 'cranium'.
Make sure to cut just a little outside of your outline, so that the shape will be sure to stay the same. Now wipe off the outline. Glad you used marker, huh?

Step 4: Making the Sides of Your Duct Tape Hat

Using the same method you used to make the top of your hat, you'll make the sides of your hat. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE BRIM OF THE HAT!

My hat was divided into two, so that's how I worked with it. I did one side of the hat, and then the other.

After you make your cast, then follow step three; Sheet, Then cut. You can skip the outlining part, since you'll most likely have a rectangular shaped piece.

Now tape the sides together at one point. Leave the other so you can measure and stuff.
Wrap the side's around your head. If it doesn't fit, just add a small sheet of duct tape, and you'll be good.

The peice wraps around weirdly, doesn't it? Makes a strange 'V' shape or something, and isn't perfect? Well, that's alright; while holding the peices (Let it loose a little bit so when you wear your hat it actually fits) just tape it up, and cut off the peices that don't fit. Easy peazy, lemon squeezy.

Step 5: Putting the Top and Sides Togeter

Just a simple job of duct taping the top of the hat to the sides. Shouldn't be too hard.

I highly recommend using small strips of Duct tape. It will be nigh impossible to put one long strip on there without making more of a mess than needed.

Step 6: Making the Brim

This part is a lot easier than the others. Making the Brim of the hat. To do this, just;

-Lay out a sheet of tin foil. Make sure that it's larger than your actual hat.
-Cut the edges so that the brim is circular.
-Start putting small strips (Recommended) of tape sticky side down on the tin foil, going in a nice circular pattern. Start with the edges, and go in.
-Stop when the duct tape starts going into the area where the top of the hat would go in.
-Repeat the process on the other side.
-When done, duct tape the edge, so that you don't somehow cut yourself.
-Put the top of the hat on the brim, and using a washable marker, or some other marker like device, outline the hat.

Now, take the top of the hat off.
-Start cutting just a little bit inside by using a knife. Be sure to go in a circular or oval pattern.
-if the knife didn't go all the way thru, use scissors to cut those pesky little annoying areas.

The reason I keep the tinfoil in between the peices of duct tape is so that there's a little bit of support in the brim. I really don't like the brim of my hat flopping around, and I doubt you like it too.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Now just duct tape the brim to the top of the hat, and there ya go! Your own super cool duct tape hat. Mine turned out more like a cowboy style, than bucket style like the original hat. I'm sure you can do better, in fact, I'd like to see your hat, if you decide to make one. Just post it in the comments.
I spent a little under 3 hours making this, but that's only because other stuff was happening, but hey.

I'll make another, much better looking hat sometime in the future. Right now I'm working on another project, Duct Tape Armor. Don't ask, it will probably be an instructable, depends on if I have time. Anyways, hope you have as much fun making a hat as I did. And don't forget to comment or rate my creation. Thanks a bunch, and also, if you have anything that I should add, or could have done better, just tell me.

Alrighty Then.



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    Nice job, now I can wrap it up with some cheap faux leather and... LISTO!

    Pretty nice hat... But the design can be improved... how about using different colored tape for stylish designs?

    I also found this website, , that sells awesome duct tape products.. You've never seen anything like this, check them out!

    a store round here sells 24"X24" duck tape patches. could be a better starting material.

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    Wow really??? where???

    if you know ocean state job lot that's where I've seen it.

    nice tutorial. how long did it take tyou to make these? how many rolls? btw i found a similar thing on

    Two things, one there is a really good pic. sequence for making a duct tape sheet on the duct tape book cover instructable. Second, besides looking cool, yes I think duct tape hats are cool, why would you need a duct tape hat if you have a hat already?

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    Well you see... um.. herm... uh, yeah... ur.... LOOK BEHIND YOU! *Run away*

    *Chase down* *Tie with duct tape from hat*

    Haha *Pokes duct taped Wills42 with a pointy stick* :P

    Just poking, where's your duct tape spirit.

    Its... Uh... LOOK HES GETTING AWAY! *Duct tapes lobo_pal to Wills42*


    *Pokes some more*

    *Uses telekinesis to throw cornflaker into the wall, and free himself. Keeps hitting against the wall with mind power*

    *Uses pyrokinesis to thwart lobo_pal's plan, accidently melts all of the duct tape... :(* *Pokes some more with now burning stick*

    *Uses cryokinesis to stop the fire and freeze everyone else in the room. Pokes with stick and accidentally shatters them, oops*

    *Remains un-shattered waiting for the lobo_pal's cryokinesis outburst to end hoping he forgets to poke me* *Wonders if lobo_pal will use his new ability to bring the duct tape back*

    *Wraps cornflaker in duct tape to make a full body cast, then keeps wrapping until it is a duct tape coffin. Then buries cornflake.

    *Reluctantly uses pyrokinesis again to completely melt the duct tape coffin, then realises lobopal was using cryokinesis not chronokinesis...* *Uses chronokinesis to go back before lobo_pal gets away... Grabs a bigger stick on the way...*

    *Unfortunately doesn't realize that chronokinesis ripped the dimension, and caused a black hole to appear near Earth, everyone dies.*