How to make a paper hat perfect for parties!

    Posted by  ·  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.