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

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

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

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'

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!

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

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now be cool in your awesomely simple paper hat!

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56 Discussions

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blem94361

11 months ago

OMG!!! I just did this with a poster board from Dollar tree and guess what? it tturned out Amazing! Thank You!!!!

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kitten_mitten22Gurbir

Reply 8 years ago on Step 6

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

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mabdulla90Gurbir

Reply 10 years ago on Step 6

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

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Percebeth

2 years ago

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

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surelyujest71

2 years ago

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

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ToyB1

2 years ago

did it

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jcmindstorms

4 years ago on Introduction

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

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nrunft

4 years ago on Introduction

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

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ritu3789

5 years ago on Step 6

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

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hiheenah

7 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Scott The Pyro

11 years ago

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?

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