Potlach Hat Art Project for Kids

PotlachHatWhile these hats are probably too small to wear, they still are fun to make! Children can decorate them and put them on display alongside all of their Northwest Native American Crafts.


  • Paper Cup
  • Paper Bowl
  • Hot Glue
  • Brown Paint
  • Black Marker


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

Totem    Draw    Raven   NWIndians

Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Choose a paper bowl and a paper cup that will work proportionately. The dollar store is a great place to pick these up!

Step 2

Hot glue your paper cup to your bowl as shown in the photo. For younger children you can have these premade before the project.

Step 3

Paint your potlach hats brown.

Step 4

When your hats are dry, you can use a black marker to decorate them.

Step 5

Show children examples of the repeating patterns in Tlingit art and encourage them to make similar markings.

Step 6

More Design Ideas

All Done!

When your Tlingit Hats are done, they make great displays for bulletin boards. You can staple them or even use sticky tack to adhear them to the board.


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