Dr. Seuss Day is coming up! On March 2nd this year, the Hop on Pop writer would have turned 115 years old! So how should you celebrate? Before you read your favorite Dr. Seuss book, why not learn how to make a Dr. Seuss hat? Whether it’s for a classroom activity or just something fun for your child to do on their own at home, making a DIY Dr. Seuss hat to look like the real Cat in the Hat is a great way to honor the great Dr. Seuss himself!

Here’s how to make a Dr. Seuss’ famous Cat in the Hat hat:

What you’ll need:

  • Red construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Pencil or pen


  1. Take 2 pieces of 9” x 12” white construction paper and glue or tape them together so it’s now a single sheet of 9” x 24” paper.

PRO TIP: You can add a third sheet so the hat is wider, or you can buy larger paper for a taller hat.

  1. Using your pencil or pen, draw lines that are an even width apart vertically down the red construction paper. You should end up with 8 strips about 9” long each.
  2. Cut out the red strips.
  3. Lay the white paper flat and glue the red stripes far enough apart that there’s still white in between.

PRO TIP FOR PARENTS: Your child can take the lead here and choose how many stripes they want!

  1. Fit the hat to your child’s head and either glue or tape down the edges.
  2. Cut out the middle of the paper plate so that there’s only a ring.
  3. To create the brim, turn the ring of the paper plate upside down and glue or tape the bottom of the hat to the ring.

PRO TIP: Color or paint the paper plate red for a truly “authentic” Dr. Seuss hat!

  1. Wear it all day on March 2nd!


So are you ready for Dr. Seuss Day or what?! Grab the Cat in the Hat striped hat that you made yourself, and you’ll be ready to go. Want to complete the look? Check out all of our Dr. Seuss costumes and accessories here and send us a picture of how you dressed for Dr. Seuss’ birthday to spiritblog@spirithalloween.com for a chance to be featured in a future post!