How to make paper sun hats

Updated February 21, 2017

Making paper hats is a rewarding activity that allows you to create something functional that will shade your face from the harmful UV rays of the sun and prevent you from squinting. This craft is often a hit with children as it allows them to make a one-of-a-kind design and wear it immediately. Paper hats aren't the sturdiest of accessories, but if you tear the hat or it gets wet you can always make another one in no time at all.

Turn your paper plate over and paint the bottom one colour. Completely cover the plate with paint.

Cut petal shapes out of the construction paper. The petal shapes don't have to look perfect, they just have to resemble petals which are "u" shaped. They should be around 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall. Petals taller than that often flop down over the wearer's face.

Turn the hat over so that it is face up. Glue or staple the petals around the circumference of the hat.

Cut two pieces of string approximately 30 cm (1 foot) wide. Staple each piece of string to the inner brim of the plate, opposite each other.


You can make this flower hat look like a sunflower by painting the plate dark brown and using yellow construction paper for the petals.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Stapler
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."