How to Make a Top Hat for a Dog

Updated March 21, 2017

Spice up your pooch's look with a homemade top hat for a special occasion. Whether it's for a wedding, birthday party, photo op, or play date, you can make your dog a Dapper Dan cheaply in just a few minutes. Making a dog top hat is a great craft for children to participate in as well, making Fido's new look a family affair.

Cut the toilet paper roll in half width-wise.

Place half the toilet paper roll on each cardboard square. Trace the circle on each.

Cut out one of the circles and set it aside. On the other piece of cardboard, mark a circle about three inches around the toilet paper roll. You can accomplish this by tracing a coffee can or using a protractor.

Cut the larger circle out of the cardboard. Using scissors or an X-acto knife, cut the inside circle out so that you have a cardboard doughnut.

Place a line of glue along the outside base of the toilet paper roll and stick it inside the doughnut. Hold it for several seconds, until it sticks. If you are having trouble getting it to stay, cut out three or four 3-by-1-inch rectangles of cardboard. Glue one end to the inside of the toilet paper roll and the other underneath the brim of the hat.

Glue the cardboard circle you have set aside to the top of the hat to cover it.

Paint your top hat using acrylic paint.

Measure the elastic under your dog's chin. The elastic should fit comfortably but snugly from the top of his left ear, under his chin, to the top of his right ear. Cut it to the appropriate length.

Staple the elastic either to the brim or inside the cylinder of the top hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Toilet paper roll
  • 2 6-inch-square pieces of cardboard
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Elastic
  • Stapler
  • X-acto knife (optional)
  • Coffee can (optional)
  • Protractor (optional)
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Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.