How to Make a Cowboy Hat with Paper

Updated April 17, 2017

You may think that paper crafts are only for children; after all, a paper hat would never come close to looking like the real thing, right? Wrong. This paper cowboy hat will fool the best of them, and it's surprisingly easy to make. With just a few pieces of newspaper, some masking tape and a little paint, you'll have a cowboy hat to be proud of.

Put 3 pieces of newspaper over your head.

Have someone press down the edges over the sides of your head. Have them put masking tape over the newspaper around your head; the tape should be in a circle from your lower forehead, just over your ears, and around to the back of your head.

Repeat Step 2 so that there are two layers of masking tape.

Remove the hat base from your head. Use the edge of your hand to press on the top of the hat to form the cowboy hat's crease.

Roll the longer edges of newspaper on the sides of the hat, towards the middle, and hold it there with a strip of masking tape. Next, roll the shorter edges towards the middle and curve them so that the brim of the hat is rounded.

Paint the hat with brown tempera paint. The paint will take a long time to dry, but the hat will harden.


If you do not have someone else to wrap the masking tape around your head, you can wrap it around a plastic container that is the same circumference and height as your hat should be.


Wear a smock or an old shirt while painting. Although tempera paint is washable, it may leave light stains on some fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 Pieces of newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Brown tempera paint
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Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.