How to Make a Flight Attendant Hat Out of Paper

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A flight attendant costume is incomplete without a matching hat.
A flight attendant costume is incomplete without a matching hat. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you are gearing up for Halloween or a party and you want to be a flight attendant, your uniform is incomplete without a hat. Though flight attendant uniforms and hats vary from airline to airline, the pillbox is a popular style for flight attendant hats. Popularized by Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the 1960s, pillbox hats are brimless hats with a flat crown and vertical sides. You can make your own pillbox hat out of cardboard and a few other craft supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Packaging tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Cut out a circle from the piece of cardboard. The size of the circle depends on how large you want your pillbox hat to be.

Cut a circle from a sheet of newspaper. The circumference of the circle should be slightly larger than the cardboard circle.

Cut out a 1-inch wide strip of cardboard. The strip of cardboard should be long enough to wrap around the circle. Cut out a 1-inch wide strip of newspaper. The strip of newspaper should be the same length as the cardboard strip.

Make a circular loop with the strip of cardboard. Tape both ends together. Place the cardboard strip on top of the piece of cardboard. Attach the cardboard strip to the circle with tape.

Glue the newspaper circle to the top of the cardboard circle. Glue the strip of newspaper to the cardboard strip. Paint the hat using your paintbrush. Apply several coats of glue on top of the paint for sturdiness when the paint dries.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can embellish your hat by adding some airline wings or a tasteful ribbon.

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