Easy Peasy Cute Pillbox Hat - Recycled, Too!




Introduction: Easy Peasy Cute Pillbox Hat - Recycled, Too!

Make an easy & cute pillbox hat in less than an hour!
+ recycled cardboard
+ remnants of your favorite gift wrap
+ and some hoarded ribbon.

I made this for a 'Hat-party' which was on a really hot summer day (so wearing an actual hat was not an option).
It turned out great & got loads and loads of compliments.

At the last step I will also show you a way how to wear it & keep it on your head =)

I know there are similar instructables out there but just wanted to share my version of it.

So, let's get started!

Keep glue & scissors at hand.

Step 1: Top of the Hat

First, take your empty TP roll and cut it to size.
I ended up cutting it about in half.
This will be the top part.

Before everything else, we cover the top opening with a piece of gift wrap.
Trace a circle slightly larger than the tube, and glue the sides down.
To make it easier, just clip down to the edge every few cm's, and glue those small flaps down 1-by-1.

Then, we cover the sides.
This is a rectangle piece, slightly wider than the tube length. See pics.
Line it up with the top of your hat and glue. For the bottom part, just do the same as before: clip every few cm's and glue the small flaps into the tube,1-by-1.

The 6th pic shows the result.

Step 2: Bottom of the Hat

Now you can make the lower part of your hat. This will give you the 'rim' when done.
Just follow the picture notes for instructions.

Step 3: Assembly

Now we will put those parts together.
Before you start gluing, remember to make two holes into the bottom part and insert a piece of ribbon/yarn/the like. That won't be possible once we have glued things together.

I used a sharp pencil to poke a hole & then a ballpoint pen to widen it a little. The pen also helps push the ribbon thru.

Then, just follow the picture notes for instructions.

The last picture shows the finished hat.

Next, I will show you how I 'wore' mine =)

Step 4: Finalize

Thinking how I could keep the hat on my head & avoid slipping, I had 2 ideas:

+ Secure it to my hair with bobby pins / hair clips or the like.
+ Secure the hat to a headband & just wear the headband

I chose the 2. option.

Remember the piece of black ribbon we inserted into the bottom part? I just tied that in a bow (you can also double knot & trim the ends - I wanted to do as little cutting and keep it as versatile as possible). Than insert a sleek black headband (that's almost invisible in dark hair) and - ready to wear, instant pillbox hat! =)

Hope this instructable was useful for you - if you like it, feel free to rate it, comment, and most importantly: TRY it! It would be great to see your version if you try it.
BTW: For the 1st time, I find the guts to enter a challange - this instructable is a candidate for the 'Pocket Size' challenge. If you like it, do vote ^^

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    10 years ago on Step 4

    Oh my gosh, this is perfect! I even have cool chocolate-polka-dot gift wrap available! Thanks!


    10 years ago on Step 4

    * was expecting the hat to be a clever pillbox* oh


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    Haha no it isn't =)
    Actually, that'd be interesting to see how you make it - if you have a version like that, feel free to share!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    how sweet i love the polka dots they are so whymsical great project , thanks for sharing , it is awesome


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Heyy, thanks for commenting!
    Indeed this is one of my favorite gift-wraps =)
    Glad you like it. Do vote for the 'Pocket-sized Contest' please ^^
    Thank you!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Super cute! I think I've heard these called fascinators.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Heyy, thanks!
    Fascinators seem to have an additional, tulle-like piece, but yes, they definitely look similar.
    Your "Mustache Cookie Pops" look cute & yummy too =)