How to Make Hats

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A lot of people say that you have to wear many hats in society today. Isn’t it lucky that there are so many hats that are so simple to make? This article describes three of them, but don’t let it limit your options. Make a hat for every mood and for every task you have to accomplish. Don’t forget to make hats for your friends and children too, and even for your friends’ children. Better yet, invite everyone over and have a hat-making party.

Things You'll Need

  • Standard sheet of newsprint
  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Stapler and staples
  • 10" piece of elastic

Newspaper Hat

Fold your sheet of newspaper in half so that you are looking at one page of articles. Then fold it in half again so that the top meets the bottom. Fold the paper in half left to right and then unfold it. Using this new crease as a guide, fold the two top corners in to meet it. (There will be extra paper at the bottom, which you need for the next step.)

Fold the front edge of the excess newspaper up until the edge is two inches above the two corners you just folded in. Flip the paper over and fold the back edge up as well to perfectly match the front edge.

Fold the hat in half so that the bottom right and bottom left points meet. (This will make it small enough for the average-sized head.) Then staple the rim you made from the excess paper to the triangular portion of the hat so the hat doesn’t fall apart when you wear it.

Paper Crown

Place your paper plate on the table with the side where you would ordinarily put your food on face down. Use your ruler to find the center of the plate by measuring the length and width. Draw two lines bisecting the plate as you would if you were slicing a cake.

Bisect the center with two more lines so that you have eight equal “pieces” marked. Place your compass in the center of the plate and extend it until it is two inches from the plate’s edge. Then draw a circle.

Cut along your cake slice lines, stopping when you reach your compass line. Then place the hat on your head, sticking the top of your head through the hole you just made. The points of the slices will be the points of your crown.

Conical Birthday Hat

Draw a 7” inch circle on a piece of poster board or a large paper plate. Cut off the excess paper and then fold your circle in half. Discard one half of the paper or save it for a second hat.

With the straight side facing you, roll the paper starting at the right edge. When you’re done, the paper will have formed itself into a cone shape with a flat bottom. Staple the two edges together.

Staple your elastic to the inside of your hat, separating the ends by about 4 inches. This will form the chin strap for your hat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate your hats however you see fit.

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