One of the many hallmarks of childhood is the use of junk in play. Think about it; didn't you ever take a large cardboard box and turn it into a boat, or a house, or a car? Or how about that old wire hanger that made such an excellent bubble wand once you re-bent it? Sure, the adults were planning on pitching these things, but somehow we were able to save them, salvage them, turn them into something fun and magical.
The most elementary among these being, of course, the paper hat. As long as you had access to yesterday's newspaper, you could whip yourself up one of these babies and be whatever you wanted to be: pirate, soldier, royalty--it didn't matter. With just a few simple folds of paper, you were only limited by your imagination.
So guess what we're going to be looking at today?
Pretty sweet, huh? There's a bunch more where this one came from, but this one is definitely my favorite.
Not sure who Gwen Lecthner is, but judging by these items she's made out of paper, I'd certainly like to learn more about her, wouldn't you?
moses is darned talented; so much so that his collection of paper hats are now part of the permanent collection at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA. You should definitely check them out.
No good lying; if I had a hat like this, I'd probably be making the same face.
Of course, you can't go wrong with a simple bicorne, especially if you jazz it up with little flourishes like Wendy Addison did.
So what's stopping you from making a paper hat today?