How to Make a Paper Mache Hat

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Paper Mache Hat
You can use a paper mache hat for a costume accessory. (man in a straw hat image by Harvey Hudson from

If you are putting together a costume for Halloween, for a school play or for a presentation, you do not need to buy expensive costume accessories from a costume shop. You can make some accessories, such as a hat, at home using a few craft materials, such as paper mache and newspaper. With these materials, you can make a hat that is created to perfectly match the costume you are going to wear for your event.

Mix together 3 cups of paper mache pulp and 3 cups of water in a bowl.

Let the pulp and water sit for 20 minutes.

Cut pieces of newspaper into strips that measure about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long.

Blow up a large, round balloon, and tie a knot into the end.

Coat the newspaper strips in the paper mache pulp, and lay the soaked strips over the top half of the balloon.

Continue covering the top half of the balloon with paper mache strips until it is four layers thick. Let the paper mache balloon dry.

Pop the balloon with the pin, and remove the popped balloon from the paper mache shell.

Trim the edge of the hat to make the edge smooth.

Paint and decorate the hat using acrylic paint, glitter glue, feathers, sequins and plastic jewels.

Things you need

  • Paper mache pulp
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter glue
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Plastic jewels

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