Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

        Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; use newspaper or gift wrap for wearable hats; experiment with different sized paper.

    Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 9

        Description: This is a simple, wearable party hat, narrowing into a point at its top, with a narrow, folded brim.


Hats are great fun to make and wear for adults and kids alike and can come in very useful for getting into the mood for all kinds of festivities or dress-up parties.

Recycle newspaper or gift wrap for wearable hats and decorate them to suit the occasion.

Save on the cost of buying party hats by including folding and decorating these hats as a fun party activity and send each kid away with his or her own origami masterpiece.

Have fun with kids creating a few hats for dolls and other soft toys or characters.

Using origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern, making this party hat even more eye-catching.

Try bright or metallic colors like gold, silver, red, green and dark blue.

If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the top and bottom and the long edges facing left and right.

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 4

Fold the two top corners downwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 5

Now, fold the bottom edge of the model, top layer only, up so it just touches the edges of the triangular flaps you have just created. Crease and leave folded.

Step 6

Fold this edge up once more and crease well.

Step 7

Turn the model over and repeat Steps 5 and 6.

Step 8

If you prefer, tuck the 4 small corners that have been formed at the sides of the hat's brim inwards so the sides of the hat are neat and straight.

Step 9

Open the hat and shape it so it is evenly rounded. If folded from two-sided paper, the smooth, front side of the hat will be colored or patterned, with the brim being white or plain colored.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, September 2009