How to Make a Dr. Suess Hat

    by Deborah H. Schreiben

    About the Author

    Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.


    Schools throughout America celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. One fun way to remember the popular children’s author is to make the tall, red-and-white striped hat worn by the main character in Dr. Seuss’s "Cat in the Hat" story. An inexpensive and easy way to do this is by assembling a hat made of construction paper. Older children can do this with the guidance of an adult, but younger children may need help measuring and cutting the stripes and circles. You don't need to be precise, though, as the finished look of the hat should be somewhat crumpled.

    Things You'll Need

    • Large sheets of red and white construction paper
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Pencil

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    Lay down one piece of red 12-inch by 18-inch construction paper for the hat's base. Cut two strips, 2 1/2-inch by 18-inch pieces of white construction paper. Glue the white strips horizontally onto the red piece, placing one white strip 2 inches from the bottom edge and one white strip 2 inches from the top edge.

    Bend the base piece and glue the two 12-inch sides to create a tube.

    Stand the tube on a piece of red construction paper. Trace around the tube to create a circle. Repeat to make a circle on white construction paper, as well.

    Drawing a second line around the outside of the red circle, about 1 inch larger than the traced line. Cut around the large circle. Cut horizontal slits every inch, snipping from the outside edge of the circle to the inside line. Bend down to create tabs. Place the the circle on top of the tube and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube to secure.

    Draw a line about 3 inches outside the circle on the white paper. Draw another line 1 inch inside the traced line. Cut along the inner and the outer lines. Make tabs by snipping from the inner cut edge to the line as instructed in previous step. Glue the tabs to the bottom of the hat on the inside of the tube to make the hat brim.

    Crush the hat slightly to give it a rumpled appearance.

    • Craft foam, cut and glued in the same way, makes a more durable top hat.