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Halloween Cone Hats

What you will make:

In this project, you will see how to make some simple cone-shaped hats for Halloween. Instructions are given for a clown's hat, a wizard's hat, and a witch's hat. The basic shape is the same for each hat, but the color of the hat and the decorations are different. Use your creativity to come up with other hat ideas.

These hats can be the basis for a Halloween costume. Make a hat, and add some makeup and old clothes to complete the costume.

Here's what you need:
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Optional: Pencil, crayons or markers.

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Halloween Hats to Wear

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a hat to make. Download and print the pattern for that hat's decorations.
Choose a pattern that prints in color, or select the black & white pattern and use your creativity to add color and designs.

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Cut Decorations
Cut out decorations

Cut out each decoration on its black outline. Make as many decorations for each hat as you like. Some people like a hat covered with decorations, and others like ones with just a few.

Project extra: Make several party favor hats quickly with the fancy Halloween hat bands. Print, cut and glue these decorated bands around a black, white or orange cone hat.

Cut out decoration patterns, trace on colored paper and cut out

Tip: For more creativity, use the black & white pattern. You can either color the decorations with crayons or markers before cutting, or trace the cut decoration patterns onto colored paper to cut out. You can use any colors you like for the decorations. Silver and gold are nice for the wizard's stars and moons. On the clown's hat, you might use several different colors of dots.

Make cone shape and trim Step 3: Make Cone Shape

Take a piece of construction paper 12" by 18" (30 by 45 cm). Roll the paper into a cone and size the base to fit the child's head. Be sure not to make it too big, or it may slip and cover the child's eyes. Tape or glue the overlapping edges in one or more places. Cut off the extra paper at the base of the cone.

Aunt Annie recommends black paper for the witch's hat, green, white or red for the clown's hat, and gray, silver or white for the wizard's hat, but you can use any colors you like.

Tip: If you don't have a 12" by 18" piece of construction paper, glue two or more pieces of 9" by 12" construction paper together. In fact, you can glue two pieces of computer paper together along their long edges. This will make a hat big enough for most children.

Step 4: Decorate Hat Glue decorations to the hat

Glue the decorations to the hat. Use any arrangement you like. You might use the triangles to make a border on the bottom of the clown's hat, or glue the stars in a spiral around the wizard's hat. Use your imagination!

Add chin ties

Optional: Add a chin string to help keep the hat on the child's head. Punch a hole on either side of the hat. Make the holes stronger with pieces of tape on both sides of the paper. Tie a 16"-to-18" (40-to-45 cm) length of string to each hole, and tie them together under the child's chin.

That's it! Your hat is done!
Halloween Cone Hats

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Other hat ideas
  • Make a pink cone for a princess' hat. Add a scarf or tassel trailing from the top and silver star decorations around the bottom.
  • Make birthday paper hats in any color with balloon cutouts or stripes and a pom-pom on the top.
Decorate cone hat with fancy Halloween bands.

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Project extra: Print, cut and glue. It's that easy to decorate cone hats with fancy Halloween hat bands.

Pleated hat band around base of cone hat.

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Tip: A Halloween hat band glued to the hat's bottom edge needs to be pleated so the band lies flat.

Rough cut decorations

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Tip: Children may find doing rough cuts (leaving a white border) to be easier with some of the decorations.

Clown hat with chin ties

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Tip: Add strings on either side of the hat to tie under the chin.

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