Cone Hat

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:
Cone hat


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • White glue
  • Stapler

Safety Tips

  • Keep the stapler out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Cone Hat Ask for an adult's help.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 (e.g birthday hat) - 6 to 8 inches
Medium cone hat (e.g clown hat, Santa hat) - 9 to 10 inches
Large cone (e.g witch hat or wizard hat) - 11 inches or more

Step 2 Cone Hat 2. Cut out the half circle.s
Step 3 Cone Hat Ask for an adult's help.3. Bring the two ends of the half circle together to form a cone. The more the edges overlap, the smaller the cone. Adjust the size of the cone so that the base fits your head. Make the base a little wider if you plan to add a brim or some "hair".
Step 4 Cone Hat Ask for an adult's help.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.
Step 5 Cone Hat 5. When you're happy with your hat's fit, apply white glue along the seams.
Step 6 Cone Hat 6. Press along the glued seams from the inside.
Step 7 Cone Hat 7. Remove the staples after the glue dries.
Clown Hat 8. By adding a few more details, you can turn your plain cone hat into any of these fun headwear:

More Ideas

Add a chin strap 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.
Tall cone hat See more ways to craft a cone hat: