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How to make a paper hat perfect for parties!

Posted by  ·  October 26, 2017  ·  Last Updated: October 26, 2017

Let me show you how to make a paper hat. These hats are a great way to make last minute party hats for New Year’s Eve or any other party.  We made two different styles of newspaper hats.

how to make a paper hat

Grab your local newspaper and get ready. These step by step instructions will help you make a child sized paper hat. Paper hats can be made for a party, last minute costume or just for fun for play at home.  You will be set to play sailor, pirate and even the Pope!  It is a super easy boredom buster!  We used our hats for New Year’s Eve. It was a great activity to keep all the kids busy while waiting and then they all had something festive to wear!

How to make a paper hat

Use a whole sheet of newspaper. (Hopefully you can get your hands on a full size newspaper)

Fold in half

Fold each of the top corners to the center

Fold top layer at bottom up

Fold it up again

Turn newspaper over and fold up bottom

Fold it up again (like other side)


Bishop’s Hat Folded from Newspaper

Use one whole sheet of newspaper

Bring top corners to center

Fold  top layer at the bottom up one time

Turn newspaper over and bring corner of hat to the center

Bring other corner to the center

Fold piece at bottom up


Now you know how to make a paper hat and are ready to party! How easy was that!

Filed Under: Make, Paper Crafts, Party Ideas

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  1. Thursday, October 26th, 2017
    I used to make these all the time as a kid. Tanks for the memories. I'll have to make some with my girls later.
  2. Madhavi
    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
    Excellent new creative I and my children loved it
  3. carol Weigelt
    Saturday, February 25th, 2012
    My Aunt at the age of 80 is semi-retiring from her career in journalism. We are having a birthday party/retirement party entitled "black and white and red all over". I am making your hats for the children to wear at the party. Everyone is requested to wear black and white with just a little bit of red. Thanks for your help! I think I will get gift wrap and make some large red ones for daring adults. Guess what our tablecloth will be made of? Yes newspaper (from the paper she wrote for including her bylines). with red/black/white rib down the center of the table - with clear plastic over the entire table! Fun, fun!! Thank you and Pinterest for your help:)
  4. Piiskaaja
    Saturday, March 12th, 2011
    Tota likkaa on selvästi läpsitty ja poitsu näyttää apinalta - onnittelut vanhemmille!
  5. Beth
    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    This is inspiring! I'm also imagining using sheets of wallpaper or gift wrap. in the blank or reverse areas lfet by the folding, a person could glue trim like buttons, ribbon little sports figures or toy car parts (boys) or a child's initials -- animals, pets, photos, anything goes.
  6. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Thanks for this! I'd forgotten how to do paper hats, so this is very useful :-)
  7. Monday, January 12th, 2009
    These are awesome!
  8. Thursday, January 8th, 2009
    Wow, great idea! I haven't thought of newspaper hats for years. I'm going to try to make one for my 3 year old son in the morning...he'll love it!
  9. Suzanne
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
    My newspapers are smaller too - what size of paper are you using? I stand with glue in hand awaiting your answer, cuz these are too cute. ~ Suzanne in northern BC Canada
    • Cindy
      Thursday, October 12th, 2017
      Suzanne, give the paper hat a try with your newspaper. If it is too small you might try taping two papers together.
  10. Linda Gerig
    Friday, January 2nd, 2009
    Tried this out and would you believe our newspaper is a lot smaller than yours. I think they shrunk the paper not too long ago. It made a tiny hat. Linda Gerig
  11. Caroline
    Thursday, January 1st, 2009
    Great idea! I'm going to make these for our little boy for "fun" - missed the New Year's Eve post!! I just discovered your blog (I know - where have I been???)!! I love it - your ideas are fabulous - hope you have a wonderful 2009!
  12. Thursday, January 1st, 2009
  13. Thursday, January 1st, 2009
    Awesome, I'm going to make them for my three kids tonight. Thanks!
  14. Jennie Bender
    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
    Love these hats, haven't made them in a long time! Thanks so much. I am not going to use them for New Year, but definitely for dress up in the fall! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  15. Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
    I love these I am going to make these with my kids in the morning when they wake up - fun, fun, fun! Thanks for the great idea.
  16. Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas this year, have a wonderful new year.