Paper hats are a great way to make last minute party hats for New Year’s Eve or any other party.  You can easily learn how to make a newspaper hat in just a few simple steps. We made two different styles of newspaper hats and had fun learning paper hat folding.

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how to make a paper hat

Grab your local newspaper and get ready. These step by step paper hat 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 paper in half lengthwise.

Fold each of the top corners to the center, and gently rub the folded edge.

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 fold a paper hat and are ready to party! I hope these instructions will be easy enought for you to teach a child or two how to make a hat out of paper. Who knows, they may even have a few of their own variations to the designs!


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  1. 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. Suzanne, give the paper hat a try with your newspaper. If it is too small you might try taping two papers together.

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