Cardinal and Pope Craft for Catholic Kids- Make a Zucchetto

Well we all know what today is- the day we start anxiously awaiting white smoke! A new Pope is officially in the works. 🙂 I wanted to do some kind of Papal activity with the kids besides the paper bag puppet, and we decided to make Cardinal and Pope hats.

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You know that little hat that the Pope wears? Not the big miter one, the little one. It looks like a skull cap, or like a beanie. Well, in the Catholic church, that little hat is called a Zucchetto. When Cardinals wear them, they are red, however, the Pope wears a white one.

pope hat skull cap beanie zucchatto

You can read more about what Cardinals wear here. These little hats are super easy to make and the felt only costs about 25 cents per sheet, so you could make them with a whole class!

Supplies Needed:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

Yep, that’s it. 🙂

Start with a piece of felt, and trace a circle around a cereal bowl. You can trace the circle with a marker or a pencil.

trace a circle with a bowl

Cut around the circle you traced.

craft a cardinal hat

Fold the circle in half, then in half again. Snip one side. (This is just an easy way of making one cut to the middle of the circle.)

how to cut the cardinal hat

Also, cut a long skinny strip. You’ll end up with 2 pieces that look like this.

cardinal hat craft

Fold the little strip in half and glue it in the middle for the little thingy on top of the hat.

howt to make a cardinal hat

Now, put hot glue on a triangle section of the felt and place one side over the glue so the triangle section overlaps.


This will give your hat sort of a shallow bowl shape to go on the head.

zucchatto hat for kids

Isn’t it adorable?! And because it’s felt, it actually sticks to hair quite nicely and stays.

cardinal hat craft for kids

So fast and easy, too! Julian will switch to the white hat when we learn the news. 🙂

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These would also be great for an All Saints’ Day costume.

Be sure to check out my round-up of Pope activities for kids here. You’ll find more Pope fun here tomorrow, so stay tuned!

If you are looking for ideas for All Saints’ Day costume ideas for kids, be sure to check out my Saint Costume Directory!

You can find even more Papal resources for kids here! This post includes Pope printables, crafts, snacks, and more. 


  1. Thanks so much for another creative and fun tip!
    I also wanted to thank you for the HH Sta of the Cross CD recommendation. I bought it when you shared it on your blog last week and we love it. It arrived within 2-3 days.
    Thanks for that.

    Enjoy your papal activities and have a lovely day

  2. darling project and simple enough for my lil’ boys to complete.

  3. Thanks Lacy! You can also use tan-colored felt, without the little thingy on the top, to make a tonsure for a saint costume (eg Saint Anthony of Padua).

  4. This is adorable, Lacy! This whole change in the Vatican has left the door wide open to discuss the Pope and the Vatican in general with my students and this is great!

  5. Thanks for another awesome craft! I love that a number of crafts we do from your site (and book:) are so simple but spark such awesome conversations (like the trinity snowmen!) with my 4 and 5 year olds! Even why they wear them and what the color symbolizes. My DD (the 5 yr old) asked me to make a red crown since she said she “can’t be a cardinal but still wanted to be a ‘princess of the church’!” Lol! Kinda random but still sweet:) Thanks again!!

  6. After taking a break from talking about the pope over Easter, I was teaching about what a pope wears to some of our Catholic School students. They wanted to make Mitres and I told them that would be too big of a project. Then they said “can we make a zucchetto?” And I instantly remembered this post! Thanks so much!

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