Literally Nothing is Better Than This Shark Hat DIY

shark week shark hat

Everyone claims to love Shark Week, but what are we really doing to show — to prove! — our unbridled obsession? Just watching info-packed TV segments about their teeth and taxonomy? Psha!

Demonstrate your palpable fandom by sporting this absolutely killer shark hat. It’s the only way, really.


2 sheets of large gray construction paper
1 sheet of white paper
Black marker
Double-sided tape
Red glitter
Sharknado playing in the background (because: obviously)

Instructions (detailed after the collage):

shark hat diy

Step 1
Take one sheet of gray paper and fold it in half, then fold it in half again.

Step 2
Open the paper up halfway, then fold the corners in toward the middle as though you were making a traditional sailor’s hat.

Step 3
Take your completed sailor’s hat and fold the ends over. Once you’ve done that, tape the loose pieces down with double-sided tape. Now place the hat aside.

Step 4
Grab the second sheet of gray paper, fold it in half, and draw the outline of a shark (now the fun starts!). Cut it out when you’re finished. You should have two identical sharks.

Step 5
Making sure your two shark silhouettes match up, cover one shark completely with double-sided tape. Cover just the head of the second shark in double-sided tape. Tape the sharks to the top of the hat — they should match up.

Step 6
Put that aside and grab the white paper. Fold it in half and start cutting out the teeth, making sharp triangles along the edge. When you’re done, tape the teeth to the inside of the hat.

Step 7
Cut out circles to make the eyes and tape to the hat. Draw in the eyes with marker.

Step 8
Use the double-sided tape on a few of the teeth, then shake red glitter over the tape.

Step 9
Turn up Sharknado in the background and find a friend to rock your killer hat with.

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About Rebecca B

Rebecca is an L.A.-born (and raised!) New Yorker that now calls the Bay Area home. She lives on the Internet, still hearts ‘90s gangster rap, and does some of her best vintage shopping in her mom’s closet. Also: These are not her glasses.

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    Margaret 07/29/2014 at 2:21 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this out on my children….so cute

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    Patricia 07/30/2014 at 6:41 pm #

    My high school’s mascot is a shark, so I can’t wait to try this 🙂

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    Camille 08/15/2014 at 11:03 am #

    What is a “large sheet” of construction paper? I can assure you it is NOT the construction paper sold in packs at retail outlets.

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      ModCloth 08/18/2014 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Camille,

      We used 12″x18″ sheets of construction paper for the project. Hope that helps!

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    Chloe 11/17/2014 at 11:55 pm #

    Oh that’s so nice!!!
    I am from Hong Kong Shark Foundation.
    Can we borrow your ideas and photos and use it in our monthly Newsletter?

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    Penni A. McGee 09/08/2019 at 2:38 pm #


    Will pay you.


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