How to Make a Restaurant Paper Hat

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Fold newspaper or copy paper into a small hat.
Fold newspaper or copy paper into a small hat. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Restaurants have tried offering treats, toys and crayons to children for years. Whether your child receives a paper crown at a fast food restaurant or a puzzle and coloring page on her children’s menu, it can be fun and entertaining to play with paper crafts at restaurants. If you are a parent with a bored child, or a restaurant owner or waiter wanting to entertain your guests, you can try folding one of these hats.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch sheet of paper
  • Stapler or Tape (optional)

Fold the paper in half widthwise. The two halves should now be 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches.

Crease the wide side in half from top to bottom. This is just a marker for the next step.

Turn the paper so that the fold is away from you. Grab the top-right corner of the paper. Fold the corner down into a triangle shape so that the point of the triangle meets the central crease from Step 2. The corner of the triangle will not extend down to the bottom edge of the paper.

Repeat Step 3 for the top-left corner. You should now have a pentagon shape that looks like a triangle sitting on top of a rectangle. The bottom, rectangular part is the bottom flaps.

Fold up the bottom flap on the side of paper that is face-up toward you. Do not bend the top triangle.

Turn over the paper and repeat Step 5 for the other side. At this point, the paper may look a little like a paper boat.

Staple the bottom flap to the triangle on both sides. Be careful not to staple through both sides or the hat will not open up.

Draw any designs to represent your restaurant on the hat.

Pick up the paper and open it up from the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • This hat will fit a toddler or young child. You can create larger hats by using larger pieces of paper. Either tape sheets of paper together, or use larger sheets or newspaper. If you have a paper place mat at the restaurant, this will make a larger hat.
  • Staple the hat so that the curved parts of the staple point out instead of in toward the child’s head.

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