Introduction: Captain's Paper Hat

About: I am a Graphic Designer by trade and a passionate crafter, tinkerer, and inventor at heart

Paper is an incredible building tool and an accessible way to expand our understanding of 3D modeling. Let's build a classic Captain's newspaper hat in the first of 8 Simple Newspaper Hat Tutorials. Click the link to view the whole collection :)

Teachers and Parents:

For more details on how to extended this project for additional learning check out further resources in step 5. Topics include: Sea Exploration, Navigation, and Cartography.


  • Single Sheet of Newspaper. *Note: You can also use a large flyer or wrapping paper.

Step 1:

  • Fold the newspaper in half, so that it forms a long rectangle.
  • Arrange the rectangle so that the long OPEN edge is at the BOTTOM, closest to from you.

Step 2:

  • With the open edge of the rectangle closest to you, fold one corner of the rectangle down towards the bottom, leaving about a 2" space at the bottom.
  • Fold the second corner of the rectangle over to meet your first triangle.
  • Note: If the second fold has excess newspaper at the bottom - that's ok ! Just trim the excess paper off to match the bottom edge of your first corner fold.
  • You should now have a triangle with a 2" band along the bottom

Step 3:

  • Fold one sheet of the bottom 2" band up along the bottom of the two corner folds and crease flat.
  • Flip the newspaper over and repeat by folding the other sheet of the bottom 2" band up and crease flat.

Step 4:

  • Fold the bottom corners of each side up to secure in place
  • Note: You can choose to add some tape here for extra support.
  • Open along the bottom and place atop your head !

Step 5: Extended Learning


Sea Exploration, Navigation, Cartography

Videos / Resources:

Early Explorers: The Age of Discovery

3D Designing with Tinkercad :

Ask student to design their own boat at Learn more on how to set up your students in tinkercad here.

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