Chinese Hat

Paint and decorate a paper bowl into an authentic-looking Chinese silk hat.
Chinese Hat craft


  • Paper bowl or recycled noodle bowl
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint (only for recycled bowl)
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Felt or craft foam
  • Pompom or large bead
  • Black yarn (optional)
  • Glitter glue (optional)


Step 1 Chinese Hat 1. Find a paper bowl large enough to fit on your head. You can also use recycled noodle bowls or other bowl-shaped containers. If it's printed, glossy, or made of plastic, you'll need to paint it first with white acrylic paint.
Step 2 Chinese Hat 2. Position your bowl bottom side up. Starting from the center, draw vertical lines to divide the bowl into an even number of sections (4 or 6 sections will do).
Step 3 Chinese Hat 3. Paint the sections alternately with 2 colors of poster paint. Red, black, yellow, or royal blue are some of the more popular colors in Chinese silk hats and fabrics.
Step 4 Chinese Hat 4. When you're done painting, set the bowl aside to dry.
Step 5 Chinese Hat 5. Cut a 1.5 to 2-inch wide strip of black felt sheet or craft foam to go around the base of the hat. If your felt sheet is not long enough, cut two shorter pieces like I did.
Step 6 Chinese Hat 6. Once the paint on the paper bowl is dry, apply glue around the base.
Step 7 Chinese Hat 7. Glue the felt sheet around the bowl's base.
Step 8 Chinese Hat 8. Glue a pompom on top of your hat. If you don't have pompoms, you can use other round materials like big beads, jingle bells, or clay.
Step 9 Chinese Hat 9. If you want to give your hat an extra oriental look, you can draw Chinese-style designs with glitter glue.
Step 10 Chinese Hat 10. Allow everything to dry before wearing your hat.

More Ideas

Chinese Hat with Braid Another option you can do with your hat is to attach a Chinese braid made out of yarn.

Click here for details on how to make and attach the braided yarn hair.