Preschool Basic Cone Hat

The cone-shaped hat is the base for many other hats you can make. A tall cone can be a hat for a medieval princess, a wizard, or a witch.  It can be the pointed end of a crayon. A shorter cone can be a hat for a clown or a party hat. They are all made the same basic way.

Materials You Will Need

Posterboard or construction paper
Something to trace a circle around

How to Make It

Step 1:
Decide how tall you want the hat to be. The radius of the circle will be the approximate height of the hat. The bigger the circle, the taller the hat will be.

Step 2:
Place the circular object on the paper or poster board and trace around it with the pencil.

Step 3:
Measure the diameter of the circle and mark the center.

Step 4:
Cut out the circle.

Step 5:
Cut a slit from the edge of the circle to the center of the circle.

Step 6:
Wrap the circle into a cone.

Step 7:
Adjust the mouth of the cone to fit the preschooler’s head. Staple it in place at the edge of the bottom of the cone.

Step 8:
Glue the rest of the edge from bottom to top. Trim off anything that hangs over too much. Tape it down to hold it in place while the glue dries.

Step 9:
When the glue is completely dry, paint and/or decorate your hat any way you like.

Tips for Parents

Tip 1:
If the hat does not fit on your preschooler’s head tightly enough to stay on, you can add an elastic chin strap by hot-gluing a piece of elastic from side to side.

Tip 2:
Be sure that the height of the hat is proportionate to your preschooler’s height. If it is too tall or too heavy, it will fall off or just be too awkward to wear.

Tip 3:
Once you and your preschooler know how to make the basic cone shape, you will be able to make cones for many crafts besides hats.