How to Make a Paper Mache Hat

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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.

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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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Let the pulp and water sit for 20 minutes.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

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

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