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Craft: Pumpkin Hat

Craft: Pumpkin Hat

Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less

To give the judges (we usually have at least three) the ceremonial seriousness their position requires, make our Pumpkin Judge's Hat. If other partygoers want their own - and they probably will! - they're a snap to make.



  • 3 sheets of 20- by 30-inch orange tissue paper
  • Tape (brown or green)
  • Green poster board, cut to 26 by 3 inches
  • 2 paper clips
  • Markers
  • Bubble packaging (optional)


Pumpkin Hat - Step 1

1. Fold 1 sheet of orange tissue paper in half to make a 20- by 15-inch rectangle. Gather and bunch 1 long edge of the folded sheet using pleats and tape it to the poster board strip so it covers about 10 inches (see diagrams).

2. Repeat with 2 additional sheets, overlapping the edges by a couple inches.

Pumpkin Hat - Step 3

3. Wrap the band around the judge's head with the tape side in and paper-clip the ends to secure. Gather the tissue paper along the top edge and tape it together tightly, wrapping it with brown or green tape to resemble a stem. Cut off the excess paper above the stem.

4. Write "Judge" on the band with markers. Stuff with bubble packaging for shape, if desired.