How to Make Paper Hats

How to make paper hats is just one of my Halloween craft ideas for you to try. These free step-by-step instructions for how to make pirate hats are easy to follow.

Materials and Equipment

  • Template
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • 1 sheet of black A3 paper or card for the sides of the hat
  • A strip of black paper or card measuring 62cm (24.5") x 5cm (2") for the band. You can use two strips of paper or card joined together allow a little extra for the extra join.

Paper Hats for Everyone

The template is easy to adapt so you can make different styles of hat from one template.

We've added another template to give you even more options to chose from.

The template includes a skull and cross bones motif and an eye patch.

You can use card instead of paper to make a sturdier, longer lasting hats.

Mia's Top Tip

Divide the band into 3 sections 20cm (8") for each section, using a pencil make a light mark so it can be seen on the inside of the band later.

Mark the center of each of the hat sections with a light pencil mark on one side. 

When you come to join the pieces together line up the pencil marks on the hat section with the pencil mark on the band and stick them together working from the center. This should help you get each side piece in the right place.

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How to Make Paper Hats Template

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How To Make Paper Hats Tutorial


Glue or tape the strip of paper or card to make a band.

Make sure the paper strip sits nicely around their head. 


Fold a piece of paper or card in half.

Cut out the main hat shape using the template to make a full size template.

Use your new full size template to cut three shapes out of your paper or card.



Cut out the tabs and fold them back against the hat.



Glue or tape the very end tabs to the inside of the shape.



Glue or tape the tabs from each side of the hat to the band.

Don't glue or tape the last one the you fixed back in step 4.




If you are finding it hard to get the three pieces to fit nicely you can use just 2 instead. 



Glue or tape the ends of the sides to each other.



Your hat is finished, you can decorate it now.

The skull and cross bones on the template is just the right size to fit on the hat.

How to Make Paper Hat ~ 2 

Use the paper hats template ~ 2 to create a crown style hat.

Follow step 2 above but you only need to cut one shape from your chosen card or paper.

The heart can be used for decoration if required. 

Use stickers or allow you child to color in the shape before affixing to band. 


Use the other template to create animal ears.

Again follow step 2 above but only cut one shape from your chosen card.

The template includes the area for the inner ear which can be cut from different color card. 

leave as it is or decorate in anyway you like. 

A Pirate Costume

I have included an eye patch on the how to make paper hats template.

A waist coat and baggy trousers tucked into a pair of old boots to complete the pirate look.

The skull and cross bones can be used to decorate the paper hat or you could make your own 'Jolly Roger' flag.

Cut out the skull and cross bones as carefully as you can, glue or tape to an A4 sheet of black paper or card. Hang your flag from ceiling or fix it to the door for a great Halloween decoration.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

Cut out the skull and cross bones motif carefully, you can cut around the whole thing or cut each section out individually.

If your pirates hat is black you don't have to cut the eyes out as they are already black.

Cut out the eye patch from the template and use a large needle to make holes where the small dots are.


Thread some elastic through the holes, checking that it will fit over your head.
Now you have made one paper hat try adapting the template to make a slightly different looking pirates hat.
Increase the curve or change the angle in the side pieces. Use different color paper or card with different motifs.

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