Turn a large paper bowl or a plastic flower pot into a Mexican sombrero hat.
Sombrero craft


  • Paper bucket, plastic flowerpot or large paper bowl
  • Construction paper
  • White acrylic paint (optional)
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Elastic strings
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Sombrero 1. To make the hat's base, you can use any of these materials, as long as it fits on your head:
  • Plastic flower pot
  • Paper bucket (e.g. fastfood chicken bucket)
  • Large paper bowl
Step 2 Sombrero 2. If you're using a plastic flower pot or printed paper bucket, you need to prime its exterior with white acrylic paint. If you're using a plain paper bowl, there's no need for a primer, go directly to Step 4.
Step 3 Sombrero 3. Let the paint dry completely.
Step 4 Sombrero 4. Trace the rim of the paper bowl or bucket onto bright-colored construction paper.
Step 5 Sombrero 5. Make a slightly smaller circle inside it.
Step 6 Sombrero Ask for an adult's help.6. Draw a big oval around the double circle. You may draw perpendicular lines to guide you in drawing the big oval.
Step 7 Sombrero Ask for an adult's help.7. Cut out the big oval as well as the inner circle to come up with your hat's brim.
Step 8 Sombrero Ask for an adult's help.8. Cut fringes along the brim's hole, with the outer circle as the margin.
Step 9 Sombrero 9. Flip the brim so that the lines of the outer circle and the guides are concealed at the bottom side. Fold the fringes upward.
Step 10 Sombrero 10. Cut 1-inch long slits approximately 4 inches apart along the outer edge of the brim.
Step 11 Sombrero 11. Fold the fringes upward.
Step 12 Sombrero 12. Glue the overlapping ends of the fringes together.
Step 13 Sombrero 13. Once the primer is dry, paint bright-colored stripes on the pot or bowl. Mexican-themed colors such as yellow, red, orange, black or green are recommended. Let the paint dry completely.
Step 14 Sombrero 14. Paint some zigzags or dots on the brim as well.
Step 15 Sombrero 15. When the paint on both the brim and pot are dry, line the inner edge of the pot with double-sided tape.
Step 16 Sombrero 16. Remove the paper on the double-sided tape and position the brim so that its fringes fit perfectly inside the pot. Press on each fringe so that it sticks to the double-sided tape.
Step 17 Sombrero 17. Measure the length of elastic string needed to make a chin strap for your hat. Cut the string and use scotch tape or glue gun adhesive to fix the ends inside the pot.
Step 18 Sombrero 18. Try on your sombrero!