How to Make a Court Jester Hat

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How to Make a Court Jester Hat
Use bright colours for the jester's hat. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Throughout history and in fairy tales, jesters were the "fools" in the king or queen's court. Creating a jester's hat is simple and requires few materials. Use bright primary colours and small jingle bells to complete the "foolish" look, which is perfect for plays and musicals, playing dress-up or simply to amuse your friends with some funny jokes and songs.

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Things you need

  • Craft foam in primary colours
  • Measuring tape
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue
  • Jingle bells

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  1. 1

    Measure around the head with a tape measure. Cut a 3-inch-wide strip of craft foam the length of the head circumference plus an additional 2 inches for overlap.

  2. 2

    Cut three to five isosceles triangles from craft foam; isosceles triangles have two sides of equal length, generally two long sides and a shorter "base." The triangles for your jester's hat should be about 12 inches high and 4 to 5 inches wide at the base. Use a variety of colours for the triangles.

  3. 3

    Glue the ends of the foam strip together in a circle to create a basic crown shape with hot glue. Glue the triangular foam shapes inside the crown pointing upward, spacing the triangles out evenly and alternating colours as you go.

  4. 4

    Glue a bell onto the pointed end of each triangle. The weight will pull the triangle tip down toward the head, creating the classic jester shape.

  5. 5

    Glue additional bells along the crown's headband.

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