How to Make Traditional Clown Hats

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017
How to Make Traditional Clown Hats
Make your clown hat out of paper or, for a longer-lasting hat, use felt. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

Tips and warnings

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

Things you 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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