Chef Hats for Children

Written by rachel murdock
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Chef Hats for Children
Use plain paper to make a tall chef's hat for a child. (Michael Greenberg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

For a baking birthday party, a special day in the kitchen or a preschool lesson honouring the workers in the neighbourhood, try making fun chef's hats for children. There are a variety of different materials that can be used for kids' chef hats. Decide whether you want to go simple or more complex, and have making the chef's hat become part of the whole cooking experience.

Plain Paper

One style of chef's hats for children is made by using plain paper. For a taller hat, use legal size sheets and for a shorter hat, use standard size white copy paper. This style of hat is quick to make and can be decorated by the child who will wear it. Another advantage to this style is that it is easily thrown away since it took so little time and money to make. For a quick, fun chef's hat, plain paper works well. Taping pieces of paper together then folding them with an accordion fold creates a professional-looking chef's hat.


For a high-quality, long-lasting hat that can match a child's personality, favourite colours or style, make a cloth chef's hat. Cut a 20-inch-by-20-inch piece of fabric into a circle, stitch it to a band about eight inches by 24 inches, and you'll have a long-lasting, unique creation for your budding chef. Adding a chef's apron creates a complete set.

Tissue Paper

For a disposable chef's hat that looks just like the ones your child may see in a bakery, use cardboard or card stock to make a band, then use tissue paper and double-sided sticky tape to create a crown with a realistic look. This tissue paper creation will likely last only a short time, but goes together quickly and is inexpensive. It is a good party hat for a cooking-themed party, and you can quickly make a dozen at a low cost.

Plastic Bags

Instead of tissue paper, cut the handles off a white plastic grocery bag, turn it inside out to hide any printing, and tape it in place around a brim. This style is an earth-friendly design, even less expensive to make than a tissue paper chef's hat, and lasts longer than tissue paper.

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