How to Make a Tiny Sombrero

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Things You'll Need

  • Thimble

  • Measuring tape

  • Yellow construction paper

  • Compass

  • Scissors

  • Utility knife

  • Glue

  • Sticky tape

You can enhance the sombrero with fanciful designs.

The sombrero is a type of hat, featuring a wide brim and originating from Mexico. Even though you won't find many people wearing it in modern-day Mexican cities, the sombrero has become a symbol of the country in the same way a cowboy hat brings to mind the American culture. A tiny sombrero can come in handy when you want to add a distinctive characteristic to a supposedly Mexican toy character or decorate a cake for Cinco de Mayo. The craft is not complicated, and you can create multiple tiny sombreros in an afternoon.


Step 1

Measure the circumference of the thimble, its height and the diameter of its top, using a measuring tape. Draw a rectangle on a piece of yellow construction paper, measuring the thimble's circumference in length and its height in width.

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Step 2

Use the compass to create a circle with the same diameter as the thimble's top. Create an additional circle, with its radius being twice the diameter of the first circle. Cut out the two circles.


Step 3

Place the thimble — with its open side facing downward — on the middle of the large circle. Trace around the thimble. Use a utility knife to cut it out, creating a doughnut-like shape. This is the sombrero's brim.

Step 4

Glue the rectangle around the thimble and the small circle on its top. Match the brim's hole with the open side of the thimble. Use sticky tape to glue the bottom part of the brim to the inside of the thimble.

Step 5

Decorate the sombrero using coloring pens or glitter glue. Leave the sombrero plain yellow, if desired.


Rubber fingers — used for turning pages — are a cheaper alternative to thimbles, if you want to create multiple tiny sombreros.



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