Grab a sheet of newspaper and a good dose of imagination and you can completely transform yourself into someone else! Well, maybe not, but making a paper hat can be a lot of fun and is a great activity for kids. Try these three techniques to build unique paper hats!
Method 1 of 3: Making a Hat from a Newspaper
Step 1. Spread a full sheet of newspaper on the table
You can also use different paper, but it must be large enough (as a newspaper, in fact) to be able to wear the hat. Newspaper sheets are also much easier to fold than cardstock and printer paper.
Step 2. Fold the paper in half following the vertical line
The page should have two lines, one vertical and one horizontal (which forms when the newspaper is folded in half). Make sure the vertical crease is well outlined, then rotate the paper so that it is on top. Now the sheet lies horizontally on the table.
Step 3. Fold one corner up towards the center of the paper
The shorter crease should now be in the vertical direction, so you should fold the corner towards this line creating a diagonal.
Step 4. Repeat the same process with the other corner, making sure it matches the first one
You should recreate the same diagonal line, but on the other side of the paper.
Step 5. Lift the bottom edge of the page
You need to take only the first layer and turn it up about 5-7.5 cm.
Step 6. Turn the sheet over
Refold the second layer of the bottom edge as you did in the previous step, making sure it coincides with the first.
Step 7. Fold the outer edges
Start with the left one and fold it about 5-7.5 cm towards the inside of the hat, then move to the right edge and do the same thing. Try to stick to the same measures.
Adjust the hat so you can wear it. The distance between the outer edges can be adjusted enough to be able to fit your head
Step 8. Secure the hat
You can use masking tape to close it on the sides, or fold the end so that the edges stay in place.
Step 9. Open the hat
You have to enlarge the inside with your hands; now you can wear it!
Step 10. Decorate the hat (optional)
Use colors, glitter or any other decoration to embellish your hat.
Method 2 of 3: Create a Visor with a Paper Plate
Step 1. Place a paper plate on the table
The most suitable is the one with a diameter of 22.5 cm. You can buy a simple one or with drawings; you can still decorate both to your liking.
Step 2. Make a small straight cut on the edge of the plate
Starting from this incision, cut an oval in the center slightly smaller than the circumference of your head. You can always enlarge the hole later if necessary.
Step 3. Cut out the edge of the plate
This way you get a visor shape for your hat; if you prefer to keep a circular shape, leave the edge intact.
Step 4. Glue the two ends together where you made the cut
You can overlap the two flaps as much as you like, based on the size of your head. Hold both ends and let the glue dry.
Step 5. Color the top of the hat
You can use one color only, or one for the bottom side and another for the top side; you can draw stripes and let your imagination run wild! Remember to let the paint dry before adding any other elements.
Step 6. Put on the decorations you like
Cover the hat with glitter, pompoms or cut out some polystyrene flowers to glue, you have endless possibilities.
Method 3 of 3: Making a Cone Paper Hat
Step 1. Place a large sheet of construction paper on a table
You should use a colored one to make the cap more fun.
Step 2. With a compass draw a semicircle on one edge of the paper
To make a small hat (for example those for birthday parties) draw a semicircle with a diameter of 15-20 cm. For a medium hat the diameter should be 22.5-25cm (like clown hats). If you want to make a witch hat instead, the measurement should be 27.5cm or more.
If you don't have a compass, use a pencil tied to a string
Step 3. Cut out the semicircle
Make sure you follow the line you drew.
Step 4. Create a cone by folding the semicircle on itself
The base should be circular and a tip will form at the top. Calculate how big the base should be by placing the hat on your head and overlapping the edges.
You can also lay the base of the hat on a flat surface and measure it to fit your head
Step 5. Secure the base of the hat with a staple
Try again to see if you can wear it. If it turns out to be too small or too large, carefully remove the staple and make the necessary adjustments.
Step 6. When you are satisfied with the work, apply some glue to completely close the hat
Hold the edges in place until the glue dries and at this point you can remove the staple if you want.
Step 7. Decorate the hat
Cut out shapes from another card and glue them onto the hat. Add glitter or draw with markers. Glue a pompom on the tip for an even more fun effect.
wikiHow Video: How to Make a Paper Hat
- You can glue the folds to make it last longer.
- You can also try with other types of paper, or with aluminum foil. Just make sure it's big enough to fit on your head.
- Use paper and not the ruler because you risk getting confused.