Introduction: Papal Tiara Paper Hat

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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 eighth 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 6. Topics include: Architecture, Engineering, Gothic Cathedrals, and Vatican City.


  • 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 in the same way, again leaving a 2" space at the bottom.

Step 3:

  • Fold one sheet of the bottom 2" band up to meet the bottom edge of the two triangles you just folded and crease flat.
  • Fold the same bottom band over a second time, this time along the bottom edge of the two triangles and crease flat.

Step 4:

  • Flip the newspaper over, and fold one edge of the rectangle towards the center, and leaving a 1" gap from the center point.
  • Fold the second edge of the rectangle towards the center, but again leaving a 1" gap from the center point.

Step 5:

  • Fold the second sheet of of the bottom band up along the edge of the first bottom band you folded.
  • Carefully fold over and tuck the end of the second sheet into the pocket created by the first sheet.
  • Open along the bottom and place atop your head !

Step 6: Extended Learning


Architecture, Engineering, Gothic Cathedrals, Vatican City

Videos / Resources:

Gothic Cathedrals

Vatican City Geography:

3D Designing with Tinkercad:

Ask students to design their own Cathedral at Learn how to set up your students in tinkercad here.

Example projects: