DIY Sun Hat

Ever find yourself stranded out on a hot sunny day without a sun hat? Here’s a trash hack we saw in Nepal, in the town of Dumre, worn by a construction worker.

Extraordinary circumstances (like being stuck in remote Nepal without sun protection) require desperate means: A cardboard sun hat.

Extraordinary circumstances (like being stuck in remote Nepal without sun protection) require desperate means: A cardboard sun hat.

Find a square piece of cardboard from a box, approximately 15″ X 15″. In the center, cut out an oval shape a little smaller than the circumference of your head. Test the oval for size, fitting your head into it like a hat.

Perfect fit.

Perfect fit.

If it’s too small, cut a little more here and there so the oval fits you just like your hat would. Next, bend 2 side flaps down over your ears, leaving an inch and 1/2 on either side of the hole.

Seriously, this sun hat works!

Seriously, this sun hat works!

These side flaps will protect your ears from sun. Now you have an instant sun hat that you can decorate or style however you like!

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Ok, don’t laugh. This cardboard was all we could find and, well, it worked!

What else can you do with cardboard? Tons! Check out our Trash Backwards app and you’ll find some great reuses for common cardboard:

Click through for cardboard reuses at Trash Backwards

Click through for cardboard reuses at Trash Backwards

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One Comment on “DIY Sun Hat”

  1. June 23, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    That’s repurposing at its best. I do think I will pass on making one of my own though.

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