How to Make Traditional Clown Hats

The traditional clown hat is cone shaped and is often made with various bright patterns and colours to go along with the mismatched clown look. You can make a traditional clown hat from paper, but if you want a longer-lasting clown hat, you can use a sturdier material, such as felt. Glue bamboo skewers inside the hat to make sure it stays standing up on the head and will not fall over.

Draw a half-circle on the long side of a regular 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. Make the straight edge of the half-circle 9 inches long with a ruler. Use the drawing compass to draw the rounded part of the half-circle. Cut out the pattern.

Lay the pattern over a piece of felt and cut out the felt half-circle. Roll the felt into a cone shape, overlapping the flat edges by about 1/2 inch. Glue the cone shape together with hot glue.

Cut three bamboo skewers about 8 inches long each. Glue the skewers along the felt in the inside of the cone in a triangle shape, spacing them evenly apart. Allow the glue to dry.

Cut out different-coloured felt circles about 1 inch across. Glue these to the outside of the hat. Glue rickrack or ribbon to the bottom edge of the hat. Glue a large pom to the top of the hat. Allow the glue to dry.

Punch holes in both sides of the hat about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge with a hole punch. Tie the ends of an elastic string through the holes to make a chin strap for the hat.


If desired, you can add "hair" to the hat by gluing curly gift ribbons along the inside of the hat's rim.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing compass
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Felt in various colours
  • Scissors
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rick rack
  • Large pom
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic string
  • Curly gift ribbons, optional
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Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.