I promise to return to more bookish posts in the New Year, but I couldn’t resist one last paper folding project for 2019. This fold is made from a rectangle so it didn’t fit the theme of the Advent Calendar, but it is a quick and simple way to fold a party hat.
I was probably taught this fold by my favourite aunt, Anne, but I don’t really remember. It might have been my favourite uncle Bert —the one who could draw chickens, and roar like the MGM lion, and who gave me books for birthdays and Christmas.
Start with a rectangle that is taller than it is wide. For a full-size hat to fit most adults you will need paper at least 54 x 46 cm/21 x 18 in. (If your friends and family have large heads —or ‘big hair’— you will need to have a larger sheet.)
With the long measurement of your paper oriented vertically, fold your paper in half vertically, open flat, then fold in half horizontally.
Fold the upper corners down to meet at the middle crease.
For the simplest version, just fold the bottom edges up along the horizontal line formed by the bases of the upper triangles.
For a sturdier lower edge —especially important if working with newsprint— fold the bottom edge of the top layer up to meet the bases of the triangles.
Turn over and repeat the fold.
Turn up the new bottom edge a second time.
Turn the hat over and repeat the fold.
Open the bottom edge and you have a hat. It can be worn with the triangle facing forward,
or pointy end forward.
Here’s David wearing a newsprint version worn the second way.
If you only have smaller sheets of paper, you can still make miniature versions that can be tied on with ribbons. (See the image at the top of this post for attachment points for the two versions.)
Here I am wearing a smaller hat made from a sheet of scrap-booking paper measuring 30.5 x 25.5 cm/12 x 10 in.
Happy New Year!