|This is our basic tutorial for making cone-shaped paper hats like birthday hats, clown hats, witch's hats, and more fun cone hats.
We also have separate instructions for making very tall cone hats like wizard hats and princess cone hats, as well as a printable template with craft instructions for making smaller hats:
|1.||Draw a half circle on construction paper with a compass or with a pencil tied to a string. You can use the radius measurements below as a guide. The radius is the distance from the center to the edge of the circle.
Small cone hat - 6 to 8 inches (e.g birthday hat)
Medium cone hat - 9 to 10 inches (e.g clown hat, Santa hat)
Large cone - 11 inches or more (e.g witch hat or wizard hat)
|2.||Cut out the half circle.|
|3.||Form the half circle into a cone, leveling the cone's base against a flat surface and estimating its size to fit on your head. Make the base a little wider if you plan to add a brim or some "hair".|
|4.||Staple at the base of the seams. Try on your hat and if necessary, remove the staples and re-adjust the width of the base before stapling again.|
|5.||When you're happy with your hat's fit, apply white glue along the seams.|
|6.||Press along the glued seams from the inside.|
|7.||Remove the staples after the glue dries.|
|8.||By adding a few more details, you can turn your plain cone hat into any of these fun headwear:|
|If your hat ended up a bit smaller than intended, you can add a chin strap to keep it on your head. Simply punch a pair of opposite holes near the base of the hat. Attach the ends of an elastic string around the holes.|
|See more ways to craft a cone hat:|