How to fold a paper pirate hat

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How to fold a paper pirate hat
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Pirates wore many kinds of hats and bandannas. A popular style was the captain's hat. This was usually worn by the commander of the pirate vessel. The captain's hat was high and had a shape that was somewhat arched or triangular. Captain hats were often trimmed with plumes and gold and silver braids. You can make a simple pirate hat out of newspaper.

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Things you need

  • 1 full sheet of newspaper
  • Paint (optional)
  • Plumes and other accessories (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fold your newspaper in half so that just the first page is visible. You should be able to see the entire first page.

  2. 2

    Turn the paper so that the long side is horizontal. Fold down the two top corners so that they reach within 2 inches of the bottom of the paper and their sides meet in the middle. You should have a large triangle with a band or flap along the bottom.

  3. 3

    Fold up the top sheet of the flap. Fold the other side of the flap up toward the other side of the hat.

  4. 4

    Fold the entire hat in the middle on a line going from the point of the triangle down to the bottom of the hat. Re-open the fold. Your hat should have what appears to be two sections, one of which can hang downward when placed on the head.

  5. 5

    Place the hat on your head, one side of the triangle facing forward. Mold the crown a little with your hands so that it partially takes the shape of your head. Push the other part of the hat--the part beyond the fold--a little downward so that it sort of covers the back of your neck.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint and decorate your pirate hat. Pirate hats were usually black, but you can use any colour you wish. Draw a skull and crossbones or other design on the hat. Add feathers and gold and silver tinsel.
  • Fold the brim carefully so as not to tear the paper. You can lightly twist together the far ends of the brim at the front and back.

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