How to Make a Colonial Hat for Boys

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How to Make a Colonial Hat for Boys
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Whether it's for a school play, project or a historical costume for Halloween, a colonial hat is a critical accessory for any men's or boy's attire in the colonial dress style common in the 1600s and 1700s. Also called a tricorne hat, it was worn at both casual and formal events by men and boys. Though authentic colonial hats were normally made from beaver skin, a fairly realistic facsimile can be created from construction paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pattern
  • Black construction paper or black cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

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  1. 1

    Follow a tricorne hat pattern (see resources for printable patterns that can then be traced) to trace the three different sides for the hat.

  2. 2

    Cut the hat pattern that you traced in step one out of the black construction paper. You will then have three identical pieces of paper.

  3. 3

    Move the three pieces of construction paper until they form a triangle shape. Gently hold the edges of the paper together, maintaining the triangle shape.

  4. 4

    Staple the papers together so that a permanent triangle shape is formed. To make the hat as large as possible, the staples should be very close to the edge. For a smaller hat, place the staples closer to the centre of the hat.

Tips and warnings

  • If making a tricorne hat is a project for children, be sure that children are supervised at all times, since creating the hat will require the use of scissors and a stapler, which could cause potential injury if used improperly.

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