Make Top Hats Using a Paper Plate

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Paper plates crafts are easy, fun, and always a crowd pleaser. Follow these directions, and you can make your own top hat using a paper plate and a piece of colored paper. You can use it to dress up as Abraham Lincoln, a pilgrim, or even a leprechaun.

  • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 20 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Cellophane Tape or Masking Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors


Paint the paper plate black to make a traditional top hat, or you can paint it green if you are making a leprechaun hat. Once the paint is dry, cut out the center of the paper plate. Leave the outside rim about an inch thick.

Cut a piece of construction paper to approximately 8-inches by 8-inches. Tape this into the circle you cut out of the paper plate so as much as possible sticks out through the bottom of the plate. This should now look like a top hat!