Instructions for an Origami Sailor Hat

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Instructions for an Origami Sailor Hat
Origami sailor hats can be made from newspaper. (newspaper image by Photoeyes from

Origami or paper folding, can be used to make different shapes--some much more difficult than others. One of the easiest origami shapes to make is the sailor hat. Children enjoy this project as it allows them to fold and make something they can actually play with and wear. Children can play with them as much as they want; if the hats become damaged, they can easily be replaced with another origami hat.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a sheet of paper into a rectangle. An 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of paper will make a doll-sized hat. Half a piece of newspaper makes a child-sized hat. A full sheet of newspaper makes an adult-sized hat. Fold the piece of paper in half.

  2. 2

    Place the paper on the table with the folded edge at the top. Fold the two top corners of the paper to the centre of the paper. This makes two triangle shapes with a narrow rectangle at the bottom.

  3. 3

    Take the bottom edge of the paper, below the triangle folds and fold one layer up over the top of the triangle. Flip the paper and repeat for the other side. If the paper is long enough, make the same fold one more time on each side. You will now have a triangle shape with a band at the bottom.

  4. 4

    Insert your hands between the layers and fluff so it takes a hat shape. Tape the side ends of the hat together so that the folds do not come undone. Place the hat over the person's head. If the hat is too big, you can make it smaller by taping the sides of the hat closer towards the person's head.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the hat using markers, crayons, paint, feathers and jewels. Some children may like to turn the hats into pirate hats by using black paper and painting a skull onto the hat.

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