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How to Make Paper Sailor Hats

Updated April 17, 2017

Folded paper sailor hats are abundant at Fourth of July parades and celebrations. These easy-to-make sailor hats are reminders of support for those who protect our country and give us independence. Make an collection of paper sailor hats and have them ready for your Fourth of July or other celebration.

Measure and cut a sheet of newspaper 13 3/4" wide by 22 3/4" long. This is a standard page from a newspaper but measure to be sure. This size will provide a child-size paper sailor hat.

Lay the newspaper on your work surface with the long sides on the right and left and the short sides on the top and bottom. Fold the newspaper sheet in half, matching the 13 3/4" short ends. The fold will be at the top and the 13 3/4" raw ends will be at the bottom. Do not unfold.

Fold over the right side to match the left side and crease the fold. Unfold this fold only. The crease will be your middle mark.

Fold the top right folded corner down to the middle mark and crease. The new folded edge will be at an angle. Fold the left folded corner down to the middle mark and crease. You have now formed a triangle peak on the paper sailor hat.

Fold the front raw edge of the hat up to the bottom of the triangle and crease. Fold up again over the bottom of the triangle and crease. Turn the paper sailor hat over and fold the other raw edge of the hat up to the bottom of the triangle and crease. Fold up again over the bottom of the triangle and crease. These folds will form the cuff of the paper sailor hat.

Hold the short ends of the cuff together on one side of the sailor hat and apply tape to connect them together. Repeat for the other side of the sailor hat cuff.

Tip

Experiment with different size newspaper for adult size and doll size paper sailor hats. Provide foam stamps and acrylic paints to decorate the paper sailor hats. Newspaper is commonly used when making paper sailor hats, but wrapping paper and art paper also make fun hats.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
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About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.