How to Make a Jewish Hat

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How to Make a Jewish Hat
A variety of patterns may appear on a yarmulke. ( Images)

Jews customarily cover their heads during prayer. The hat worn for this purpose is called either a yarmulke, in Yiddish, or kippah, in Hebrew. Make a simple kippah out of paper or instruct your children in the craft. A child old enough to use scissors can make his own kippah from scratch; otherwise, construct the hat for him and invite him to decorate it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Compass
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Pencil crayons

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  1. 1

    Open the compass 3 1/2 inches. Draw a circle with the compass by holding the point of the compass in place on the paper and turning the compass pencil around the point 180 degrees. This will create a circle with a diameter of 7 inches.

  2. 2

    Remove the compass from the paper and draw a small dot where the compass point was. This will remind you where the centre of your circle is.

  3. 3

    Cut out the circle using a pair of scissors.

  4. 4

    Draw a straight line with a ruler from the centre point of the circle to its outer edge.

  5. 5

    Cut along the straight line to the centre of the circle.

  6. 6

    Overlap the two cut edges along the straight line. This will produce a dome effect at the point of the centre of the circle. Tape or staple the overlapping edges in place.

  7. 7

    Decorate the kippah using markers or pencil crayons.

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