Newspaper hats are the perfect addition to your Independence Day activities and are a fun way to honor those who provide us with freedoms and independence. Make several for your summer barbecue. They can also be made for hours of play anytime of the year.
Making a Newspaper Hat
These instructions are for making a basic child-size newspaper hat. The images shown are using a much smaller rectangle than indicated for clarity of instructions.
You Will Need
- Tape (optional)
- Place one newspaper page on your work surface with the long edges running vertically. Note: A newspaper page is half the size of a spread. Two newspaper pages are separated by the fold of the spread.
- Fold the short horizontal top edge down to the bottom edge. Crease the fold that is now the top edge. Do not unfold the rectangle.
- Fold in half again from right to left. Crease the fold. Unfold. You now have a crease running vertically down the center. This is a guideline.
- Fold the top corners to the center guideline and crease. Your folded paper will resemble the beginnings of a paper airplane.
- Fold the top layer of the bottom edge up to the bottom edge of the triangle. Crease the fold. Fold again, covering the bottom edge of the triangle. This is the hat's front brim.
- Flip the hat over and fold the hat's back brim in the same way. Your hat is now complete.
- Optional: The hat brim tends to unfold when laying flat, but will hold its shape naturally when on the head. If you would like to stabilize the shape, tape the ends of the brims together.
Adjusting the Size
Make a newspaper hat to fit any size head by adjusting the dimensions of the beginning rectangle. The folding instructions will remain the same.
- While there are standard measurements for newspapers, you will find that not all publications are standard. Since this project can be completed in minutes and uses a free material that can be found in your recycle bin, experiment with a variety of rectangle sizes to get a perfect fit.
- The width of the rectangle is half the head circumference, plus 2" to 3" to allow the cone to slide comfortably over the head.
- The length of the rectangle is twice the desired height of the hat, plus 2" to 3" for the brim.
- For a larger (adult-size) hat, turn an entire newspaper spread with the page sides at the top and bottom. Trim the rectangle as desired.
Personalized Paper Hats
Paper hats provide the perfect canvas to embellish. Furnish an art table with a variety of paints, markers, crayons, stickers and stamps for your kids to add their special touches. While newspaper is a readily available medium for hats, consider wrapping paper or craft paper as colorful alternatives.