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How to make a paper sombrero

Updated April 17, 2017

A sombrero is a wide-brimmed Mexican hat. Traditionally made of straw, it was designed to protect the wearer from the sun. The crown is usually high and somewhat pointed, while the wide brim casts a shadow, or "sombra," over much of the head, shoulders and upper body. Fancy sombreros are often made of felt. Highly-decorated versions of the sombrero are still a feature of traditional fiestas. You can make a basic sombrero out of newspaper.

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  1. Place one sheet of newspaper over the other in the form of an "X." Place the "X" on top of the wearer's head.

  2. Mold the newspapers around the top of the person's head. Use light pressure to avoid tearing. Bunch up the paper so it forms a high crown.

  3. Place clear tape all around the bottom border of the crown. The tape should follow roughly along the line of the wearer's ears.

  4. Fold and roll up the sides of the sombrero partially, to form a brim. The brim should be wide and flaring, but turned up at the ends.

  5. Tip

    Decorate your sombrero in bright and festive colours. Use paint or sparkles. Add stars or sequins, or even cut out pictures or designs and glue them on.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of newspaper
  • Clear tape

About the Author

Brian Adler has been writing articles on history, politics, religion, art, architecture and antiques since 2002. His writing has been published with Demand Studios, as well as in an online magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Columbia University.

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