How to Make an Army Hat Out of Paper

Updated April 17, 2017

Many kids enjoy dressing up as soldiers and playing war games. Part of the fun comes from looking the part of the soldier. Increase the kids' creativity and crafting skills by involving them in making paper army hats that they can use for playing or even for a Halloween costume. Quite easily made from heavy paper or newspaper, a paper army hat can be made, worn and thrown away with little mess or materials and lots of fun for all involved.

Fold the paper in half so that it makes a square, approximately. Fold the two top corners to toward the middle.

Fold the top bottom flap up halfway, then fold it up again. Flip the hat over, and fold the sides in toward each other so that they meet in the middle.

Fold the top pointed tip down so that the point lies where the folded sides meet. The point should lie slightly under the meeting of the folded sides.

Fold the two bottom corners up and in. They each should fold into a triangle shape, leaving a larger bottom point. Fold this point once, then up again so that you can tuck it behind the band.

Grasp the hat at the bottom of the band, and gently pull to open the hat. You may wish to staple it at the seams to reinforce it.


The size of the paper and the exact folding places of the sides will determine the final hat size. Experiment with various paper sizes to find the best fit for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy rectangular paper, newspaper size
  • Staples (optional)
  • Stapler (optional)
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Alicia Roque began writing nonfiction professionally in early 2010, with her articles appearing on various websites. She also writes children's plays, some of which have been performed by local troupes. Roque received her Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications from Rhode Island College, graduating magna cum laude with a minor in history.