Dog Party Hats: Basic Designs

Why not make your own dog party hats?

Doing that provides a unique, personal touch not found when you use ready-made products.

This page will show you how to make the basic cone hat, top hat, and graduation cap designs.

Tools and Materials

Basic designs can be fashioned out of recycled materials at little or no cost and decorated any which way you choose.


  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  • Thin, flexible cardboard pieces from a cereal box or discarded poster
  • Cardboard cores from commercial toilet paper rolls or regular paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • Masking, duct or cellophane tape
  • Staples
  • Glue

Below are instructions to create the basics for three dog party hats - the Cone Hat, Top Hat, and Graduation Cap.

Cone Hat

Cut a rectangular piece of cardboard as follows:

For tiny dogs: 3 x 5 inches [75 x 125 mm]
For medium to large sized dogs: 4 x 6 inches [100 x 150 mm]
For giant dogs: 5.5 x 7.5 inches [14 x 19 mm]

Step 1: Fold the rectangle so the shorter edges meet; then overlap them so you can staple or tape them together.

Step 2

Step 3

Steps 2 and 3: Draw a circular line so that the pointy ends can be cut off.

Top Hat

For the Hat Barrel

  • Use a commercial toilet paper core, 3.5 inches [90mm] in diameter, for medium dogs and larger.
  • For smaller dogs, try a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll, cut to the height you desire.

To Make the Brim

  • For the hat brim, find a glass or other circular object at least 3/4 inch (18mm) wider than your cylinder.
  • On a piece of cardboard, draw a circle around the rim of the glass you chose; then remove the glass.
  • Take your cardboard cylinder, center it inside the circle you made with the glass, and draw a circle around it.
  • Cut out the ring you have created and use it for the brim. 
  • Use the center circle of the ring (the crosshatched part) for the top of the hat.
  • Glue the core (or another circular piece of cardboard if it didn't come out the right size) securely to the top of your cylinder.
  • Glue the brim firmly to the base of your cylinder, trim edges as needed, and your top hat is ready!

Graduation Cap

  • Use one of the cylinders as described in the Top Hat section and cut the height to 2 inches [50mm].
  • Using a serrated knife to cut the roll may help it keep its shape.
  • Cut a square piece of cardboard about 3/4 inch [18mm] wider than your cylinder for the top.
  • Run a bead of glue along the top rim of the cylinder.
  • Center the square over the cylinder and press down firmly.

Finishing Your Dog Party Hat

Go to our Dog Party Hats Designs page for ways to get your hats party ready!