Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Card Hat

We love when Hatters share ideas with us! This cute "DIY Card Hat"  idea was submitted by Queen Mum Cheryl of the Red Hat Snappers Chapter (Vancouver, Canada). We saw these hats in some photos in a story she submitted around the holidays earlier this year, and Queen Cheryl graciously took photos of the process and sent in the instructions so we could share the idea with you.

"This card hat can be used for years and will fold up for storage," Queen Mum Cheryl said. 
Enjoy and Happy Hatting from your Red Hat Sisters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!

What You Need:
-Scissors (Straight edge or serrated) 
-2 pieces of cardboard to make patterns (4 1/4" tall x 3 3/4" wide) and (5"tall x 3 3/4" wide) 
-12 cards (You can use holiday cards or some of the free printable RHS Cards located in Fun Stuff)
How To Assemble:
Step 1: Measure and cut patterns from the cardboard. Note: There are two sizes provided for your choice. Your hats could be made with:
A) 12 short pieces
B) 10 short pieces and two tall pieces in front and back
C) 12 tall pieces

Step 2: Using the patter(s) of your choice, trace them in pencil on 12 card fronts.  

Step 3: Cut out each traced piece (using serrated scissors gives a better overall look to the finished hat).
Set the two pieces you wish to use for the front and back aside.  

Step 4: Fold each of the ten remaining pieces. With the picture facing you, bring the two sides together fold down the center vertically so that the fold faces away from you. 

Step 5: Sharpen the fold by running the flat end of the ruler or your finger nail along the fold. 

Step 6: Assembly: Retrieve the front and back pieces, which are still flat. Staple one side of a folded card to one side of the flat front piece joining them from the side point to the bottom. This will take about 2 to 3 staples placed about 1/4" from the edge. The seam should face out toward you. 

Step 7: Take four more folded pieces and continue stapling them each to the previous one.

Step 8: Take the back flat pieces and staple it the same way to the previous folded piece. 

Step 9: Staple the remaining five folded pieces to the other side joining the front and back pieces. Remember to staple all of the pieces so the seams face outward. 

The finished product on Queen Mum Cheryl and Lady Giggles:

Special Tips: 
- Hats can be made larger or smaller by adding or deleting pieces. Just make sure they have the same number of pieces on each side.
- If you don't have enough cards to start with, hats can be made with construction paper, or you can purchase inexpensive cards at the dollar store. 

- You can make glue decorations like bling and feathers to your hats to jazz them up.

- This makes a fun craft get-together with your Sisters and friends, and as you have no doubt gathered by now, we are only limited by our imaginations- anything goes! 

Thank you for sharing this cute idea Queen Mum Cheryl! If you have a fun craft that you would like to share, please send it to, and pictures would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in more activities like this, be sure to take a look at our Activities Collection



  1. At last, something I can do with all the Christmas cards that I've been saving all these years!!

  2. I just have to ask what DIY means????