Make a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat Out of a Cardboard Box
Every year, it always takes several days, even months, to figure out what my family is going to be for Halloween. I actually think the brainstorming starts on November 1st! This year we decided on a popular theme, Alice in Wonderland. My husband will be the Mad Hatter, I will be the Queen of Hearts, and my daughter will naturally be Alice. So over the next few days, I’ll show you the progression of our costumes as I make them. Let’s start with the DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat.
Note: This tutorial post was originally published on September 28, 2012 but has since been updated and improved.
I did a Google search and found an amazing tutorial on how to make a cardboard top hat on the Instructables, one of my favorite DIY sites. I edited it a little bit as I went. Here is my tutorial on a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat.
Step One: Construct the Cardboard Top Hat
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- Duct Tape
- Bowls or plates (any circular object for tracing in the desired size)
I cut four pieces with the help of the bowls in my cupboard, a pencil, and scissors. The size will depend on the Mad Hatter’s head size.
- Large circle for the top of the hat
- Small circle for the interior of the hat to hold shape
- Large ring for the rim of the hat
- Rectangular piece for the cylinder
Using duct tape, create the cylinder. Cut 1-2” wide slits for the bottom of the hat and cut longer 1-2” slits for the top of the hat. Insert the small circle in the top of the hat as shown and secure with tape. Add the rim by folding each slit and taping the cylinder to the rim as shown. Do the same for the top using the larger circle as shown.
Step Two: Decorate Your Hat
Materials: The materials are up to you, as the possibilities are endless! Here is what I used.
- Green velvet fabric (I chose this because it’s easy to stretch and maneuver)
- Salmon fabric for the scarf
- Two feathers, one brown and one black
- A wire coat hanger and a wire cutter for the pins
- Old buttons for the top of the pins (attached with hot glue)
- Recycled book page and a black marker for the infamous 10/6 price tag
- Rubber band to secure fabric to the base of the hat
The pictures and materials speak for themselves. I did not use glue, rather duct tape because: 1) it’s easier to use, 2) it’s easily removable if I made a mistake, and 3) it’s less messy, and cheaper!
Here is an after photo:
More Alice in Wonderland DIY Costume Ideas:
More Alice In Wonderland:
- Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party
- Alice in Wonderland Flowers
- Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket
- Tea Party Ideas by the Sea
- Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas
- Alice in Wonderland Theme Party: Red Paper Flowers
Before you go, here are some fun Trunk or Treat ideas I did for KTLA news!