Monday, April 4, 2011

"Dragon" Party Armour Part 1: Viking Hats

For our "How to Train Your Dragon" birthday party, we had all the children outfitted like little vikings.

Today I'm going to show you how to make the viking hats. I missed taking photos of some of the steps, but hopefully i describe it well enough so you can figure it out.

You'll need:

Silver Duct Tape
Masking Tape (thinner is better - i think mine was about 3/4 inch)
Cardboard - sheets or a box, whatever you have
Box Cutter
Hot glue gun or super strong craft glue

Measure around your child's head and add 1/2 - 1 inch to the measurement. then measure across the top from the forehead to the back where you'd like the hat to sit, then subtract about two - three inches. Cut two strips of cardboard 2 inches wide in those measurements. I found all but one of the 2-5 year olds at the party fit the hats i made, measuring about 21 1/2 inches for the bottom piece and 10 1/2 inches for the top piece.

Hot glue the pieces together like this:

I found it easiest to glue the bottom piece together, then flatten it out and mark the folds, so the top piece could be centered.

Next, draw and cut out some horns. Make sure the lines in the cardboard are vertical (it'll make the next step easier:

Cut open the wide end of the horn about half an inch or more:

This will keep the horns from bending too much either way. Put some hot glue in the open flaps of the horns and stick them to the sides of the hat.

Cut strips of duct tape about 5 inches long. Start taping at the front and back, where the top piece joins with the bottom piece. Place your first piece of duct tape on the inside of the hat as shown:

Fold the tape up over the front and cut a diagonal slit on the extra piece.

Fold the pieces down.

Do the same to the other half, overlapping the tape about 1/4 - 1/2 inch. Then apply strips of tape around the rest of the hat, overlapping the pieces slightly to help them stick together better.

Wrapping the horns:
Start with your masking tape at the base:

Wrap the tape so it overlaps about half at the bottom, and about 2/3 - 3/4 at the top.

As you get closer to the tip, the tape may jut out a little like this:

I found it easiest to just let that happen. It will get pulled down as you continue wrapping, and will create a neat pattern on the horn:

Since some of the boxes i used had writing or pictures on them, i decided to paint the horns with a cream-colored craft paint, just to cover up the designs. If your cardboard doesn't have things like that, you could most likely get away with not painting.

And there you have it! Your little viking is ready to go hunt dragons!


  1. Thank you so much for helping me on how to make a viking hat,i am very grateful for how much time and effort you have put in to this. I can see that it has taken you quite a while.


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  3. Did you ever do a part 2 for the shields? I can't find it and was wondering. :) Btw, thank you so much for all the ideas for the "How to Train your Dragon party"!! These are the only ones I could find - and they are GREAT!! You have been a super help with all the how-to's and pictures - THANK YOU!! :)

  4. I found them!

    Did you do a tutorial on the shields and swords?

  5. Thanks for the comments! I FINALLY got the tutorial up for the swords and shields.

  6. Hi. This is just what I need! My son has to dress up as his favourite character tomorrow and he is going as Hiccup! Thank you!

  7. Just made 9 of these in adult size and have another batch of 10 cut out but not glued or taped yet. I think they look great and will be well received at the Viking themed party on Saturday. Thanks for the great instructions and photos :D

  8. This was just what I was looking for! Thanks!!

  9. Great post thanks. We just hosted a craft-a-noon to make 10 viking hats for a trivia night to be held this week. To benefit a beautiful family who are experiencing the most difficult of journeys. Your tutorial was great, just what we needed!


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