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Directions to make paper cowboy hats

Updated February 21, 2017

Perhaps you're hosting a cowboy-themed birthday party and you're looking for a fun activity for kids to partake in that can double as a parting gift, or your little one idolises cowboys and wants to dress up as one. Show kids how to craft their own cowboy hats out of paper products. These hats are fairly easy to create and are an inexpensive and enjoyable craft-making activity to engage in.

Paint the top and bottom of a paper plate brown. Set it aside to dry.

Wad up pieces of cotton into balls and use them to fill up a brown paper lunch bag. Leave 2 inches from the top of the bag empty.

Cut two 1-inch slits opposite one another in the top of the paper bag. Fold the pieces created in the top of the brown paper bag when cutting the slits outward.

Place glue on the folded out pieces of the brown paper bag. Place the top of the paper plate on top of the folded out pieces of the brown paper bag and set aside to dry.

Cut a long, thin rectangle out of brown construction paper and glue it around the part of the paper bag that is nearest the paper plate.

Draw a star shape on the yellow construction paper and cut it out. Glue the star onto the piece of brown construction paper on the hat.

Punch two holes opposite one another on the edge of the paper plate. Cut two lengths of yarn and string them through the holes. Tie a knot in the end of each piece of yarn to prevent them from slipping through the holes.

Create a dip in the brown paper bag by pushing the centre of it in. Place the hat on top of your head and use the yarn to tie it in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plates
  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Cotton
  • Brown paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Brown and yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Yarn
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About the Author

Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.