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A hat can be made by folding a full size sheet of newspaper.
 
With the folded edge at the top, fold down the top corners so that they meet at the center.
 
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Then fold down the top.
 
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Fold up the bottom edge of one layer.
 
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Fold up the double layer section that was created by the last fold.
 
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Turn the paper over and fold the left side toward the center.
 
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Do the same with the right edge.
 
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Fold up the bottom edge to make a crease where the dotted line is.
 
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Fold up and tuck the bottom edge in behind the hat's cuff.
 
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Fold down the front corner and tuck it in behind the cuff.
 
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If you like, fold down the back corner and tuck it in behind the cuff.
 
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This hat could also be made out of cloth. Using a needle and thread, sew a couple of stitches wherever necessary to be sure the hat keeps its shape. Your name or other decorations could be added with permanent markers, fabric paint, ball point pen or crayon. Crayon designs can be made to last longer by heating the finished design to melt the wax into the fabric. Place a scrap sheet of paper on both sides of the cloth and press with a hot iron without sliding the iron. Hold the iron in place just long enough to melt the crayon.
 
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You can make a device that will startle someone. Bend a butterfly paperclip as shown to make a modified U shape frame. Or use any wire available to produce a similar or 'functionally equivalent' shape [I like phrases like that].
 
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Add two small rubber bands and a small trombone shaped paper clip. Or use a single rubber band in the place of the two small ones.
 
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For thicker rubber bands use heavier wire to make the modified U shape frame. Perhaps you could use wire from a coathanger. It can be cut to length by bending sharply one way then the other, back and forth until it breaks. That works well if you have a pair of pliers to do the bending. Turn the trombone clip over and over to wind up the band. Hold the clip as you place the whole thing under a book or some such innocent looking object.
 

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