You want to make a hat out of newsprint? Looking for a fun, inexpensive, and recyclable alternative to party hats or restaurant waiter hats? This hat is lightweight and can be custom made. It is also an excellent arts and crafts activity. There are several hat designs, including the pirate hat, the bishop's hat, and the conical hat.
Method 1 of 4: Preparing Your Hat Workplace
Step 1. Choose a flat surface
When you start folding newspapers, you need to make folds that look sharp and neat. Making a paper hat on an uneven or baseless surface will result in a more messy hat.
Step 2. Take half a sheet of newsprint
The size will vary depending on the print size of the newspaper you are using. Many newspapers are 33x55 cm.
Step 3. Look for adhesive tape
This is not a requirement as most newspaper hat designs make use of pleats to maintain the shape of the hat. If you're in a hurry, or just want to make a stronger hat, use adhesive tape when needed.
Step 4. Gather any accessories that may be used
Once you're done making the hat, you can decorate it however you want. Color it with a marker. Paste the sticker. Use feathers to add a bit of style. Be creative all you want.
If you're making hats for a child's birthday party, you can easily prepare a fun arts and crafts place for the kids in attendance. Write each child's name on the hat in large, colorful letters. Let them color the names and make hats according to their own taste
Method 2 of 4: Forming a Conical Hat out of Paper
Step 1. Place a piece of newsprint on your desk
This is the easiest newspaper hat design of all the designs available.
Step 2. Take the top right corner of the newspaper and pull it lengthwise to the left hand side
You can fold or unfold the paper. If you fold it, there will be crease marks on your hat and it won't be perfectly conical.
Step 3. Glue the inside of the cone you just made
A piece of adhesive tape placed on the edge of the cone will suffice, but you can choose to stick the entire section where the edges meet.
Step 4. Cut off the excess paper
Once you've glued the edges together, you'll have the rest of the triangle shape. Cut out that part.
Step 5. Decorate the hat to match the theme of your choice
Try adding tassels, lace, or lace to the top of the hat for a real princess look. If you'd rather make it a witch's or witch's hat, cut out the cardboard in a circle. Make a smaller circular hole in the bottom of the cardboard and slide it from the top of the cone hat. Cut to size. Or if you want to make a birthday cone hat, add a cotton ball on top. Paint the sides with light colors. Cut origami paper. Cut it into long strips that reach the bottom of the hat. Make small incisions along the sides for added texture. Then attach it to the base of the hat
Method 3 of 4: Making a Pirate Hat out of Paper
Step 1. Take a piece of newsprint
Place it in front of you with the shorter side facing you.
Step 2. Fold the paper vertically
Take the top of the paper and fold it towards you so that the two sides in the middle are the same size.
Many art teachers refer to this fold as a “hamburger” fold because it looks like a hamburger when folded
Step 3. Fold it again horizontally
Pull the right corner of the paper toward the left corner of the paper. Then sharpen the folds. Make sure you produce neat folds. The crease line is very important for the next stage.
Step 4. Unfold the fold you just made
There will be crease marks along the center as a result of folding horizontally and then unfolding it again.
Step 5. Fold the top corners towards the center
Pull out the right corner and fold it making sure the edges of the newspaper follow the crease you just made. Now do the same with the left corner of the paper. Fold it over making sure the edges of the newspaper follow the crease you made. Make sure you fold it flat.
Step 6. Fold the remaining bottom fold up
Step 7. Turn the paper over and fold the remaining bottom crease up
If you're sizing the hat to fit a smaller or larger head, fold both sides of the hat about 2.5 cm (depending on the size you want), before folding the rest of the fold up
Step 8. Open the bottom
Now your hat is ready. Wear as you wish. Wear it with the flat side in front for a pirate look. Place the flat part next to your head and you get a diner hat.
If you want to make the hat more secure, you can attach the two sides of the hat you just folded with adhesive tape
Step 9. Add interesting embellishments
Use books, scraps of paper, markers, or other arts and crafts materials you may have at home.
Method 4 of 4: Making the Bishop's Hat
Step 1. Place half a sheet of newsprint on your desk
Place it with the short side facing you.
Step 2. Fold the paper in half
Pull up the top right corner and fold it in half. Make sure you make neat folds on the paper.
Step 3. Unfold the paper
Now place the paper with the long side facing you. You will find a neat crease line in the center of the paper.
Step 4. Fold the corners to the center of the crease line
Pull out the right corner and fold it making sure the edges of the paper follow the crease line you just made. Now do the same with the right corner. Fold in making sure the edges of the paper follow the crease line you made. Make sure the folds stay even.
Step 5. Fold up one of the remaining bottom folds
Step 6. Turn the paper over and fold it over the remaining folds
Now you will only see the large triangular shape.
Step 7. Fold the paper in half
Make sure the main point is at the top before you fold it. Pull the lower right side and fold it towards the left. Draw a neat crease in the middle.
Step 8. Unfold by returning the paper to its previous position
Now you have a crease line that extends vertically down the center of your newsprint.
Step 9. Pull up the two bottom corners and fold them to the center, aligning with the crease line
Step 10. Glue the two corners with adhesive tape
Step 11. Open the bottom
Now your hat is ready.
Decorate as desired. Try coloring different parts of the hat with paint, marker, or crayon. Glue the cloth on the side
- Keep your folds even. Fold carefully. Repeated pleats will weaken the overall shape of the hat.
- Look for rope or twine. If you want to hold the hats against the children's heads while playing, consider adding a chin strap to your design. You will need to make two holes on each side of the hat, thread the thread through both holes and make a knot around the paper. Adjust according to need.