How to make a paper soda jerk hat

Updated February 21, 2017

Soda jerks were popular from the beginning of the 1900s into the 1950s. The soda jerk set-up shop at a drugstore where he would dispense soda to customers, where he would have to jerk on the soda fountain arm to serve customers. The jerk motion of his arm led to the name soda jerks. The soda jerks were known for wearing cloth hats that carried the logo of the establishment the soda jerk worked for. Bring this iconic look to life with a soda jerk costume. The costume would not be complete without the hat. Make the hat from paper and create an original logo to decorate it with.

Place the paper on the work surface. Arrange the paper so the longer sides of the rectangle are horizontal. Consider practicing with newspaper before using any craft paper. Practicing will help you know what the right size of paper is to make your hat. Butcher paper or regular printing paper can be used for this project.

Fan fold the paper every 2 inches. Start at the top of the paper and fan fold down until there are about 3 inches left at the bottom.

Fold the bottom of the paper up 3 inches. The fold will overlap the fan folding you made. Cut off the overlapping paper.

Insert one end of the paper into the other about 1/2-inch and tape or staple in place. This will be the hat band.

Open the hat up slowly. The folds will begin to come undone creating the top of the top of the hat.

Decorate the hat with crayons, markers or paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Large rectangle piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or staples
  • Crayons, markers or paint
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Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.