How to Make a Paper Conductor Hat

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Conductor Hat
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A conductor hat is a hat worn by the conductor of a train. Traditionally, it features a square top and a deep front brim. The brim of the conductor hat is about as deep as the crown is high, or about 3 to 4 inches. Though usually made of cloth, you can make your own conductor hat out of newspaper.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of newspaper
  • 1 roll of toilet paper
  • Scissors
  • Transparent tape

Place 1 sheet of newspaper at an angle on top of the wearer's head. Place the other sheet at an angle over the first, so as to form an "X."

Mold the newspaper to the shape of the wearer's head by pressing down on the sheets of newspaper. Tape all around the newspaper at about the level of the wearer's ears; this will hold the rough shape of the conductor hat.

Place the conductor hat on the top of a roll of toilet paper. Press the top of the hat down onto the top of the toilet paper roll so it becomes flat just like the top of the roll. Further mold the shape of the hat to the approximate shape of the toilet paper roll.

Cut off the bottoms of both sheets of newspaper about halfway down the roll of toilet paper. Cut only on the back and the sides. Leave the front in place. You should be left with a large flap in the front of the conductor hat.

Draw a semicircle on the flap. The rounded end of the semicircle should extend out about 3 or 4 inches from the hat itself, or to a depth about equal to the height of the hat.

Cut along the lines of the semicircle. Discard the extra newspaper and fold the flap up so it sticks straight out in front of the hat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make your conductor hat any color you wish. Add your favorite designs or possibly stars and sequins. You can even use colored paper instead of newspaper.
  • If the brim of the conductor hat seems too thin, try folding over the flip once or twice before drawing the semicircle on it. This will build up the flap. You can tape the layers together.

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