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How to Make Your Own Cardboard Cowboy Hat

Updated February 21, 2017

Children love to dress the part for an imaginary role. A child who likes to play cowboy, or cowgirl, may enjoy making a hat too. Make your own cardboard cowboy hat and show it to kids who like to do crafts. Hats can be made to fit children, adults or the heads of large dolls.

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  1. Make one long piece out of the sides of the shoe box. Cut off the box top with scissors if it's attached. Cut along the one corner of the side from top to bottom. Cut the bottom of the box off completely. That leaves the sides of the box intact as one long piece.

  2. Measure the cowboy's head. Wrap the long piece from the sides of the box around the head of the person the hat is being made for. Make a pencil mark on the cardboard where the edge meets the other end after encircling the head.

  3. Use the edge to cross the head measurement pencil mark. Hold the edge at that angle and use it to mark another line.

  4. Cut along the angled mark. Wrap the cut portion around the head you're fitting until the edges meet to make sure of the size.

  5. Cut the point off the angled cut. Bring the edges together at one point and cut the excess off so the other points meet. Use packing tape to hold the seam together.

  6. Place the wide part of the taped ring on the centre of the box top. Draw a line on the box top around outside of the ring.

  7. Poke the scissors through the box top at one point on the line and cut out the ring. Keep both parts in tact.

  8. Cut off the corners on the box top. Make the corners into rounded edges to form the brim of the hat.

  9. Stuff the circle you cut out into the taped sides. Push it in from the big end until it is close to the smaller end.

  10. Tuck the bigger end of the sides into the hole in the box top. Curl the edges of the brim for a genuine cowboy hat appearance.

  11. Tip

    Color the hat by taping construction paper around the outside. Cut out shapes to tape on like a sheriff's star or a horseshoe.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shoe box
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Packing tape
  • Adult assistance

About the Author

Jonra Springs began writing in 1989. He writes fiction for children and adults and draws on experiences in education, insurance, construction, aviation mechanics and entertainment to create content for various websites. Springs studied liberal arts and computer science at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.

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