How to Make Christopher Columbus Paper Hats

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How to Make Christopher Columbus Paper Hats
Repurpose the morning paper into a Columbus Day activity for kids by folding hats. (Newspaper image by huimin from

Christopher Columbus hats, or sailor hats, are simple creations folded from a sheet of newspaper. If you are a teacher looking for Columbus Day activities for your students, a single newspaper will provide all the paper you need to make hats for each student in the class. The craft requires the use of a stapler, so an adult will need to assist with each hat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Stapler
  • Markers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fold a single sheet of newspaper in half, along the crease.

  2. 2

    Fold down the top left and the top right corners until they touch each other in the centre.

  3. 3

    Take the bottom edges and separate them in your hands. Fold each of the two sheets up and out in 1-inch increments until each overlaps with the folded corners. The action will be like a flattened version of rolling.

  4. 4

    Place the opening in the bottom of the hat over the head to the desired level. Staple the sides into place to secure.

  5. 5

    Decorate with markers as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • The same technique can be used with a sheet of regular notebook or computer paper to create a miniature hat.
  • Check the newspaper sheets to make sure that there aren't any age-inappropriate messages or words, such as news of a shooting or a robbery.

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