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How To Make A Newspaper Hat

Updated on January 22, 2012

My girls had a "wear trash to school day" last year and I made them these hats and also made them some skirts to wear to school. The hats were so much fun to make and so very easy! My kids LOVE making them so I thought I would share them with you.

You start with 3 pages of newspaper

Spread them out on the table or the floor (whichever is easier). You want the bottom one going one way, the next making a "t" across the first then the next two going diagonal, one on each corner, to make it look almost like a circle.

Next you need to form the "dome" of the hat. I just pick up the for sheets of newspaper and put it on top of my kids' head so that way I know it will fit. You can use a large bowl or something else that is round or the shape you want your hat to be. You then tape around the base of the hat, where you want it to hold it's dome shape.

Next you roll the edges of the newspaper. I started in the back. Sometimes this isn't as easy as it looks because the paper wants to move or it's not shaping right but it's paper, you can form it almost any way you want. I have my kids put their hands on their heads to hold the newspaper on and start rolling. One part at a time, all the way around their heads.

Once you are done rolling it should hold form on its own. You shouldn't need any tape or nothing to keep the sides rolled up but if it does need a little more support then put a little tape on the underside where you might need it.

Next comes the super fun part! Take out some paint and a brush or two. Let your kids choose the color they want their hat and let them paint it. You do have to make sure they know not to push too hard because it will collapse the hat in. My kids LOVE to paint so this is something they do without even asking!

When they are done painting, let the hat sit out to dry. Takes a couple hours and sometimes might even need an over night dry depending on how your kids use the paint. After it is dry use a glue gun to attach some ribbon and any other things they would like on their hats and then you are done!!!

What a fun and easy project this is :) Hope you can get some use out of it and your kids love it as much as mine do!!!!

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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      duffsmom - A great idea to do with grandkids. You'll be the coolest grandparent around! I hope they enjoy them :) Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment!!!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      What fun! Will have to try this with the grandkids.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks tarajeyaram! For the votes and the comments :)

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      tarajeyaram 

      7 years ago from Wonderland

      Such a nice activity to do with kids. Wonderful hub. I remember doing similar thing in elementary school. Vote up and useful.

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      bellartdesigns - I'm so glad your daughter will be able to wear it to school. That's what we made them for the first time :) You can make a newspaper skirt to go with it, just cut strips and staple them on a large ribbon and tie around her waist! Thanks for the comment and votes!

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      bellartdesigns 

      7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      GREAT IDEA!!! I love it! My daughter has hat day on Fridays and she will be on top of a cloud wearing one out of newspaper. She is VERY green and wants to save the planet any way she can, so this is perfect. Voted up and everything else.

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks teaches12345! That is my oldest daughter in the pictures :) She loves posing for the camera!!! Doing those hats during a birthday party or an overnight pj event is an excellent idea!!! Thanks for the advice. Glad you enjoyed my hub :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Very chic look and so simple to achieve! This craft would be a great birthday party activity or an overnight pj event. I thought it would also look great with a tissue flower taped on the side or front. I am assuming this is your little girl in the pictures and she is so adorable. Very useful hub and enjoyed reading it.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I do lots of arts and craft projects with my kids :) We've go so many great memories (and pictures in case we forget LOL). Thanks Gypsy Willow for the comment!!!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Lovely hub. Isn't it fun doing these projects with the children that you would never have thought of yourself!

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      ramkimeena - I have a post with a pirate hat too that your sons might like better!

      karen denise - weaving, great idea, that might be our next thing to try! Thanks for the idea!!!

      Debby bruck - NO GLUE! That was my favorite part. My kids LOVE glue but I sure don't love cleaning it up! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Newspaper Hat, and the comments. All are greatly appreciated :)

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Cassy ~ Cool! No glue needed. Who knew? That's using your head! Hugs, Debby

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      karen denise 

      7 years ago

      Looks like an inspiration for children.. I remember when my Uncle Roosevelt taught us to weave newspapers to make seats to take to stadium for baseball games...

      Later I started weaving potholders...

      KUDOS..

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      ramkimeena 

      7 years ago from India

      Nice. I hope I can prepare one for my two sons

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      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I should put a picture on here of it completely finished :) She has hidden her hat in her room to keep it away from the "those kids" - that's what she calls her little siblings LOL Thanks for the comment Simone :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Aaaah, this is so much fun! And the resulting newspaper hat is so much cuter than I expected. Great photos!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      LOL Maximizer, I have one that is a pirate hat that might work better for you :) Stay tuned for that Hub, it will be coming soon!!!

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      Maximizer 

      7 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      This is really fun. I'm going to try it out even though I'm a grown man with no kids...there's always a kid inside! Thanks for SHARING.

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      Julia Runnels 

      7 years ago

      Love the pictures. Sounds like a fun thing to do.

      And Tiff is right, you are so creative. I get tired

      just thinking about all you do in any given day.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks so much jynelleybelly!!! I know we had fun doing it. Hope you do too!

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      jynelleybelly 

      7 years ago

      Great and easy craft! I love it! I will have to try this! Voted up, useful, and interesting!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks :) We did a tiara for the tinker bell and a pirate hat for the monster too. I'll have to do another Hub on those. My kids love craft time :)

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      Tiffany 

      7 years ago

      You are so creative!

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