Another coffee-cup sleeve headwear option: the almost instant Haman hat.
I went on (and on) about the Coffee Cup Sleeve Crown for Purim, so do please visit that page and see the applications and whatnot. I am stoked about those crowns.
For kids who would rather get poked in the eye than show up at shul in a crown, try a Haman hat. It’s the same size as the Crown variations and it offers the same thrill of repurposing coffee-house trash into holiday wear, but without the Crownyness.
It also shares the age-busting nature of the Coffee Cup Sleeve Crown: a kid might refuse to wear a “normal” size Haman Hat, but will consider a tiny one. The tiny one might be funny or ironic enough to be acceptable.
TO MAKE: Re-flatten the coffee cup sleeve and cut (both layers at the same time) into a triangle shape. Start the triangle about one inch up from the bottom of the sides. If you start it higher than that, you will end up with a Bishop’s Mitre. A Bishop’s Mitre , which is an entirely different costume, but still appropriate for Purim (in the sense that
Paint it black if you can deal with acrylic or poster paint at the moment, color it with Sharpie if you can deal with the toxic fumes, or let your kid scribble washable black marker for a long, long time if you can deal with marker getting all over everything else at the same time.
Or, skip the paint and marker and use paper: glue-stick a layer of black construction paper over each side of the sleeve, then cut all the layers at the same time and make the triangle.
Staple on an elastic band. Or, punch a hole on each side and attach elastic. Remember to put the band behind the head, not under the chin. Under the chin is just asking for trouble.
Add eye-brow pencil facial hair, a black cape and sneer and your Haman is ready to go.