Paper hats are simple arts and crafts projects that both children and adults can create together. Create different types of paper hats during the holidays, vacation time and rainy days. Decorate paper hats using crayons, markers and stickers. Then give the paper hats to guests during a birthday party or holiday celebration to take home as a gift.
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Holiday Paper Hats
Make a simple holiday paper hat with construction paper and pipe cleaners. Cut an 11-by-14-inch sheet of construction paper into two 4-inch strips. Tape the strips together on one end with tape and decorate the strips with holiday stickers, pictures or drawings. Wrap the construction paper around the child's head and secure with tape. Wrap two pipe cleaners around a pencil to curl and tape the pipe cleaners to the hat. Draw holiday images on two 5-by-5 inch sheets of paper and tape each sheet of paper to the curled pipe cleaners.
Birthday Paper Hats
Create birthday paper hats by cutting an 11-by-14 inch sheet of construction paper to 10-by-10 inches. Trace a 9-inch paper plate onto the construction paper with a pencil and draw a line through the centre of the circle. Cut ½ of the circle from the construction paper with scissors. Form a cone with the half circle by overlapping the right corner over the left corner. Then secure with tape. Punch holes on the left and right sides of the hat with a hole puncher. Insert 10-inch ribbon through each hole and secure with a knot.
Career Role Paper Hats
Most children enjoy pretending to be a firefighter or doctor. Create a career hat for playtime using a paper plate and crayons. Draw a design on a sheet of coloured construction paper, such as a badge for a police officer or a cross for a nurse. Cut the design out from the construction paper with scissors. Then cut ½ of the centre of a 9-inch paper plate with scissors. Fold the half circle centre up. Paste the construction paper design in the centre of the half circle and colour the paper hat with crayons.
Newspaper Paper Hats
Newspaper hats are a simple enough for children to create on a rainy day. Fold a sheet of newspaper in half, with the top end over the bottom end. Fold the left and right corners of the newspaper over to meet in the centre of the newspaper, forming a triangle. Fold the bottom end of the newspaper up, over the triangle, in both the front and back of the newspaper. Insert one hand in between the front and back of the hat and open.
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