How to make a sombrero using paper

Updated April 17, 2017

The Looney Toons character Speedy Gonzales knew how to wear a sombrero! And he managed to keep it on his head as he, "the fastest mouse in Mexico," raced around town. Making your own sombrero only requires some basic supplies and a bit of attention. Whether you're making it fancy or not, the sombrero can be decorated to your specification.

Place a page of a broadsheet newspaper on a work surface. Put another page across it to create eight points.

Place the pages over a person's head and crunch them down to create a dome shape with the person's head. Streak masking tape around the person's head, just above the ears.

Crumple up the sides to create the sombrero's brim. Streak white glue along the top of the sombrero. Scatter sprinkles around the top. Flip the hat over to let the loose sprinkles fall off.

Draw any additional shapes with a marker. Tie a ribbon around the location where you put the masking tape.

Add any additional decorations such as buttons, yarn or flowers. Glue a string to the top of the brim and connect it to the other side.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pages of broadsheet newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • White glue
  • Sprinkles
  • Marker
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Yarn
  • Buttons
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Phillip Chappell has been a professional writer in Canada since 2008. He began his work as a freelancer for "Senior Living Magazine" before being hired at the "Merritt News" in British Columbia, where he wrote mostly about civic affairs. He is a temporary reporter for the "Rocky Mountain Outlook." Chappell holds a Bachelor of Journalism in computer programming from University College of the Cariboo.