How to make a pointed origami hat

This double-pointed hat is a beginner-intermediate level project that can be completed in about five minutes. Make one as part of a costume for yourself or make a miniature version for a doll. You’ll need a square of paper in your chosen size and a suitable work surface.

Practice with a square of plain white copy or newsprint paper first and then move on to colored or patterned paper, if desired. Any paper that you use should be heavier than the average sheet of lined notebook paper.

Before you begin folding, make sure that your work surface is hard, flat, and stable. This will help you produce sharper creases – essential elements of any successful origami project. A ruler or pencil edge run over your creases will also add to their sharpness.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the dominant color of the hat is facing down.
  2. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  4. Bring the upper left corner of the model down to the center. Use the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as your guide. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for the remaining corners of the model to form a diamond shape.
  6. Turn the model over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
  7. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  8. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold. Re-position the model so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
  9. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point while simultaneously bringing the left point in to meet the right point. The model should collapse into a diamond shape. Press flat. Position the model so that its open end is facing away from you.
  10. Fold the model in half from top to bottom. Crease and unfold.
  11. Open up the flaps at the front of the model as much as you easily can and then bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to meet the bottom point. The top layer of the model should collapse into a rectangular flap that sits at its bottom.
  12. Turn the model over and repeat Step 11.
  13. Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up to meet the top edge of the rectangular flap created in the previous step. This will cause the bottom layer of the rectangular flap’s bottom edge to rise up and form a left and right triangular flap. Press the model flat.
  14. Turn the model over and repeat Step 13.
  15. Bring the left side of the model (top layer only) over to meet the right side. Press flat.
  16. Turn the model over and repeat Step 15. The top layer of each side of the model will be composed of two flaps.
  17. Locate the bottom point of the top layer’s left flap and fold it up so that the tip points up and to the left. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right flap’s bottom point. The model’s interior bottom point should now be visible.
  18. Bring the lower-left edge of the model in to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the model’s lower right edge.
  19. Turn the model over and repeat Step 18.
  20. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down toward its center so that the upper left and right edges of the model meet the upper edges of the flaps created in the previous step. Crease and leave folded.
  21. Turn the model over and repeat Step 20.
  22. Grasp the model by the top edges, front and back, and pull them apart. Continue opening up the model to form the crown of the hat.
  23. Bring the model’s left flap down and tuck it into the corresponding pocket located at the bottom of the model. Repeat for the right flap. Two points will be sticking up at either end of the model. Tuck one set of these points into the interior of the model.
  24. Turn the model over to see the completed hat.

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