- 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 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.
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.
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 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!
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