How to make a paper sombrero

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How to make a paper sombrero
Traditional Sombrero (

A sombrero is a wide-brimmed Mexican hat. Traditionally made of straw, it was designed to protect the wearer from the sun. The crown is usually high and somewhat pointed, while the wide brim casts a shadow, or "sombra," over much of the head, shoulders and upper body. Fancy sombreros are often made of felt. Highly-decorated versions of the sombrero are still a feature of traditional fiestas. You can make a basic sombrero out of newspaper.

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Things you need

  • 2 sheets of newspaper
  • Clear tape

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  1. 1

    Place one sheet of newspaper over the other in the form of an "X." Place the "X" on top of the wearer's head.

  2. 2

    Mold the newspapers around the top of the person's head. Use light pressure to avoid tearing. Bunch up the paper so it forms a high crown.

  3. 3

    Place clear tape all around the bottom border of the crown. The tape should follow roughly along the line of the wearer's ears.

  4. 4

    Fold and roll up the sides of the sombrero partially, to form a brim. The brim should be wide and flaring, but turned up at the ends.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate your sombrero in bright and festive colours. Use paint or sparkles. Add stars or sequins, or even cut out pictures or designs and glue them on.

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