How to Make a Medieval Hat

Updated April 17, 2017

The Medieval era is a historical time period that is still commonly referenced. Many people have parties and gatherings with Medieval themes or enjoy dressing up with costumes from the era. There are various types of Medieval costumes including basic tunics or peasant gowns. However, with most Medieval costumes have a hat that relates to the costume. If you are throwing a Medieval-themed party or attending one, you will need a hat to complement your costume. You can create your own hat with a few materials commonly found at craft stores for a low cost.

Place a piece of craft foam on a flat surface. Use a pencil to draw a long and narrow isosceles triangle. The base should be 1-inch wide and the two remaining sides must be the same length.

Obtain the measurement for the circumference of your head by using a measuring tape. Use scissors to cut a strip of craft foam that is 2-inches wide and 2-inches longer than your head's circumference.

Draw and cut out several additional triangles from the craft foam by using the first triangle as a template.

Heat up a glue gun. Place the strip on a flat surface horizontally. Glue the bottom portion of the triangles along the inside of the strip with a small amount of glue. If you do not have enough triangles, cut out additional pieces until you have covered the entire strip.

Bend the strip to form a circle and glue the ends of the circle together to form the jester's hat. Test the jester's hat by placing it on your head to ensure that is fits properly.

Attach jingle bells to the tip of each triangle with a small amount of glue. Allow enough time for the glue to dry. Read the label to determine the glue's allocated drying time.

Bend and fold the card stock to form a cone that fits over your head.

Attach the two edges of the card stock together with staples. Ensure that there is a small hole at the pointed tip of the hat.

Trim off the bottom of the hat with scissors to ensure the edge is even.

Heat a glue gun at its lowest setting. Cover the coned hat with the desired velvet material. Secure the velvet to the cone with glue. Trim off excess material with scissors.

Cut a strip of wide ribbon with scissors to fit around the bottom circumference of your hat. Attach the strip to the velvet with glue.

Decorate the remainder of the hat with gemstones, rhinestones or beads as desired. Hot-glue the decorations to the hat.

Gather the sheer fabric and insert one end through the top of the coned henin hat. Apply hot glue to the end of the fabric inside the hat to secure the fabric to the hat.

Hot glue one end of a piece of string at the inside the bottom of the hat. Place the hat on your head. Measure the amount of string needed to go from one side of the hat to the opposite side while passing under your chin. The string will hold the hat in position on your head. Cut the string to the appropriate length and hot glue the free end to the inside of the hat. Allow enough time for the glue to set.

Place the hat on your head and arrange the sheer material so it falls down the back of your head and around your shoulders.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft foam
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Jingle bells
  • Card stock
  • Stapler
  • 2 yards velvet material
  • Wide ribbon
  • Gemstones and beads
  • 2 yards sheer material
  • Elastic string
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Scarlett Gauthier began writing in 2003. Gauthier has a graphic design/arts DVS from Rosemount Technology Center in Montreal.