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.