Note: This event ended on Friday, December 22. This question is now closed to prevent submissions of new answers.

Due to a rather unfortunate series of events that can be directly attributed to a surplus of egg nog, the company that provides our hat rentals has requested that we immediately return them without refund. We can't really get into the particulars of what went down, but we did our best to explain to them that I couldn't have known that a moose would react that way to silly putty.

Because of this, we need your help. We need to come up with approximately 20 - 30 more hat designs. Sounds pretty simple, right?

There is one tiny caveat (from an email I received earlier today from Jay Hanlon, VP of Holiday Cheer):

... because of holiday vacation schedules, we're short on people, so our kids are going to be doing most of the work on getting the new hats into the system. The designs will have to be done using crayon, construction paper, finger paints, water colors, popsicle sticks, paste & glue and other sorts of materials. Let them know that we don't recommend silly putty if they happen to be working near a moose.

That's not his real title.

That's right, you'll need to make hats that exist in the physical realm, from materials that aren't generally thought of as being choking hazards, suitable for developers ages 3 and above.

You'll need to provide at least one photograph of your creation as an answer to this question in order to qualify to win a box full o' swag containing a T-shirt and stickers and at least some of the following items:

  • Nalgene water bottles
  • Notebooks
  • Sharpies & Other SE/SO branded office supplies
  • Stickers from various SE sites
  • Whatever else might be haunting our warehouse

The top voted hats may or may not be used as the basis of secret hats near the end of Winter Bash this year, or as totally new hats next year. We just can't say. We're talking silly putty and a moose here people, everything is up in the air at this point. I accept full responsibility for this.

Here are the rules:

  1. You must come up with a creation that represents (in some way) a hat, consisting of artistic mediums that are not run as computer applications and suitable for children 3+ years of age. You can use Photoshop or Paint, but you'll have to print it and make it part of something else.

  2. You must upload at least one picture of your creation, and provide any background or context needed for others to appreciate its brilliance. We suggest including only the hat in the image (though background 'noise' is fine), remember that all contributions are CC-BY-SA.

  3. All submissions must be family friendly and adhere to our be nice policy.

  4. Employees (former and current) may submit an entry, but won't be eligible to win swag. I MEAN HOW MUCH SWAG DO YOU GREEDY PEOPLE ACTUALLY NEED?!

  5. Answers must maintain an aggregate positive score to qualify. All answers that have a net zero or positive score at the end of the contest will win.

  6. Contents of prize packages may vary, depending on availability of items; every effort to ensure equal value of all packages will be made.

  7. You are responsible for the creation and execution of your design. If you fancy lasers and explosions and things get out of hand, it's not our fault.

Contest begins today, Thursday, December 14, 2017 and ends on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 20:00:00 UTC.

Want to join in on the fun? Get your smock, grab some clay & finger paints and get to designing!

Note: We're not really giving back all of the hats, we're just pretending to so we can have some formerly age-appropriate fun


Thank you all for the amazing submissions! Not only did you help make the holiday a bit brighter for everyone, you've inspired quite a few of next year's hats!

Everyone that submitted a positively scored submission will receive a care package (even if it went in a tad after the ending); we'll be reaching out to you soon. However, we're no longer accepting submissions.

Happy holidays, everyone!

You should have received an email by now :)

We've contacted everyone eligible to get something, if you didn't get something and think we might have missed you, make sure you check your spam folder and if nothing is there, contact us and let us know. Seriously, though, please check your spam folder - Hotmail and others are notorious about tossing stuff in the bin even from trusted contacts if the same email is sent to more than a few people using it.


Quoting the comment by animuson:

Anyone waiting for their swag, please keep an eye out here for updates.

  • 20
    Crayons... I knew it.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:26
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    @Catija I was going to go with carvings but the thought of all of you holding knives frightened me too much.
    – user50049
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:30
  • 4
    Oh god.... I wonder if I can get my daughter to wear a hat of Tim's keys.... Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:34
  • 4
    Please, please, please allow multiple entries from the same user...
    – undo
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:39
  • 5
    @Catija I think we'll pretty much accept anything someone could conceivably put on their head without wearing a monitor in the process.
    – user50049
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:46
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    Flagging this for migration to Arts & Crafts ;-) Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:55
  • 16
    @Randal'Thor Migration rejected.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 16:16
  • 10
    Just checking -- we're allowed to use grown-up tools like circular saws and lasers if we want to, but any damage (from moose or otherwise) is our problem, right? Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 16:47
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    To everyone worried that its hat design is not safe for "children age 3+" I want to remind you that Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was totally safe for children usage, so fell free to use all the spare Uranium isotopes you have still stored in the fridge form the last time you tried to conquer the world and give your hat a nice radioactive-green glow-in-the-dark-and-not-just-in-the-dark shiny look . Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 16:48
  • 9
    Did somebody say a moose?
    – Mooseman
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 12:15
  • 6
    Was wondering whether the swag box will be sent to all the participants with non-negative votes, or to the few of them with maximum votes? @TimPost Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 17:49
  • 5
    Someone should do a freehand circle hat.
    – poke
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 20:49
  • 11
    We're just getting back from the holiday. Hang tight, we should be in touch with everyone next week :)
    – user50049
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 17:08
  • 12
    I just talked to the folks in our operations department and they are going to try extremely hard to get in touch with everyone this week and get shipments underway. Hang tight :)
    – user50049
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 16:03
  • 8
    Anyone waiting for their swag, please keep an eye out here for updates.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 21:26

85 Answers 85


LEGO Stack Overflow Hat

Basically I made a life-size and wearable LEGO ball cap with Stack Overflow logo.

LEGO hat picture

(Yes, it's 100% LEGO; I'm a purist. Angles achieved mainly by SNOT building via hinged plates.)

Possible task to get the hat:

Pick-up-the-pieces: Edit a negatively scored question, that later gets a positive score.

But wait you ask, are LEGO pieces safe for little developers?

Well, LEGO says they are only a choking hazard for kids under 3, so we should be good:

choking hazard

  • That's actually pretty nice
    – Bálint
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 22:12
  • 92
    Legoverflow For The Win
    – Kendra
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 22:37
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    Not enough freehand red circles. Or silly putty.
    – Machavity
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 23:48
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    Modular construction: Post a (Meta?) answer that cites at least three other (Meta?) answers, that scores 10(?) or more.
    – jscs
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 13:28
  • "You'll need to make hats that exist in the physical realm, from materials that aren't generally thought of as being choking hazards". I don't think this hat qualifies ;)
    – nneonneo
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:09
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    @nneonneo :) LEGO says they are only a choking hazard for kids under 3, so we should be good! Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:16
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    +1 for somehow figuring out how to produce multiple non-90-degree angles for the logo using Lego plates.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:31
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    The stackoverflow logo is AWESOME!!!! +1
    – dalearn
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:41
  • 4
    @Jaydles That's the beauty of SNOT
    – Ambo100
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:03
  • This is from the 2019 Star Wars movie. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:26
  • Other possible task to get the hat: Use a genericised trademark discouraged by the trademark holder in ten separate posts. (May be difficult to detect automatically.) Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 11:22
  • Any chance we can get a picture of the underside of this masterpiece? Inquiring minds need to know how the sides work... are there hinges? hidden duct tape making it magically stay together, etc.
    – scunliffe
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 3:11
  • Lego states that their stuff is not safe for childrens under 3 years. How exactly do you get from that to "suitable for children 3+ years of age?". Sorry.
    – fgrieu
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 12:48
  • @scunliffe I'll try to get pictures later. No duct tape! 100% LEGO pieces. The sides are help on by a bunch of these hinges attached at an angle. Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 20:43
  • you know when MY kids play with SNOT I know I'm most likely not going to want to wear anything that results from the experience...
    – dsollen
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:21

For this hat, I wanted to put together something that reflects my experience on Stack Exchange. So, I looked at my top sites, the sites I've been using for the longest time.

My Communities

I went in search of something that combined Movies & TV, English Learning, Meta, Cooking, Interpersonal Skills, and Arts & Crafts.

So, I started by looking for an iconic film hat and I found one that fit all of my needs:

Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady

This is Audrey Hepburn playing Eliza Doolittle in the film My Fair Lady. If you haven't seen it, you should really watch it, it's excellent. So, I used this hat and the fact that Eliza is a flower seller in the market to make this gingerbread hat:

Completed Hat

  • Movies & TV It's from an iconic film ✅
  • English Language Learners - In the film Eliza is improving her English pronunciation. ✅
  • Meta Stack Exchange - The colors of the flowers were inspired by the Stack Exchange Logo - shades of blue (see below). ✅
  • Seasoned Advice - It's entirely edible - a gingerbread cookie hat with buttercream flowers. ✅
  • Interpersonal Skills - Henry Higgins, played by Rex Harrison in the film, is seriously lacking in them and learns from Eliza as she learns from him. ✅
  • Arts & Crafts - Well... this entire contest is an Arts & Crafts project! ✅

So, there you have it. And what do you get the hat for?

Eliza Doolots

Earn 200 reputation on each of your top six sites during Winter Bash.

And if anyone wonders whether it can be worn:

enter image description here

Oh, and behind the scenes frosting image:

Tinting frosting to match!

Thanks to Brave Tart (Stella Parks) at Serious Eats for an excellent construction-grade gingerbread recipe and for introducing me to the concept of piping gingerbread dough. Without her, this probably wouldn't have been possible.

If anyone wants more info on the process for creating this hat, I've created a bookmark for it in one of the cooking chat rooms where I walk through it with a bunch of photos. I'm going to warn you, though... the truths of the process are scary, so if you don't want to know how the sausage is made, don't go here.

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    Very impressive! Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 5:32
  • 4
    This is crazy, you have to win! 😂 Super impressive 👍 🌮
    – Ethan
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 10:56
  • 7
    No chocolate? :(
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 12:02
  • 8
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Most edible hat of 2017!
    – user202362
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 12:05
  • 4
    I want to see a photo of you wearing this :-)
    – Bergi
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 3:55
  • 15
    @Bergi As you wish. :)... oh, wait... different iconic film... eh... whatever.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 4:33
  • 6
    @Catija Inconceivable.
    – David
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:11
  • 5
    Don't forget to wash yer face and 'ands before you come to eat it. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:30
  • 3
    Did you use grain from Spain to make the dough?
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:40
  • 2
    The idea, description and execution is incredible. Just ... wow! Love it! Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:36
  • 1
    How did you do the texture? You really did an unbelievably good job of this hat. I would go so far as to say that it is the very best hat I've seen.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 5:30
  • 1
    Thanks @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats the gingerbread is two-layers. A solid base with piped gingerbread on top (thinned the batter with water to a pipeable consistency). Used a basket weave tip and a zigzag pattern.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 5:32
  • 1
    You actually look like Eliza Hepburn / Audrey Doolittle as well!
    – SQB
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 7:50
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    Now you can safely say "if such-and-such, I'll eat my hat!" ;-)
    – hat
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 8:13
  • 2
    @Floris why, does the hat look rather plain?
    – terdon
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 14:50

I've made a Stack Overflow tin foil hat that from now on I'll be wearing everywhere with pride:

enter image description here

Possible use:

Tin Foil Hat - Protect the network from evil forces by raising 5 helpful spam / offensive flags.

  • 23
    This one should really be "Ooh, shiny" !
    – hat
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 10:22
  • 175
    This one should be the official hat you get when you join Skeptics too... Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 11:13
  • 2
    +1: I would be proud to wear your hat on my profile!
    – hat
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 12:53
  • 4
    Like the hat, do NOT like the trigger. please do not encourage spamming spam flags.
    – David
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:22
  • 10
    @David It does say helpful spam flags. If someone was spamming them, they'd naturally be rejected. Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:35
  • Probably a bit funnier, but not easily accomplished: Reject a suggested edit with the same exact markdown as another suggested edit
    – Jamal
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 3:29
  • 3
    Practical. This can protect you against flying spaghetti monster as well.
    – Victoria
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 3:53
  • Hi. Where did you obtain that lovely sticker? Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:02
  • @iDebug I got them from this a few years ago: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/303988/…
    – PeterJ
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:04
  • Looks like y'all are "old" members of SO. Being active since Jan, 2017, this is my first ever chance to gat a swag from SE officials. Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:06
  • 5
    How will this tin foil hat fit on top on the other tin foil hat I'm already wearing? Will it double block or work as a double negative and block nothing? .....Are you with THEM? Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 14:03
  • 1
    I flagged your answer as offensive - as requested/adumbrated. Hopefully the mods will understand :-). Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 11:23
  • I want one... but with a hex beam antenna on top - I want wireless!
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 12:38
  • @AlvaroMontoro it turns out stacking two tin foil hats on each other results in block 75% of mind controlling rays only. Not sure why, but think it has something to do with polarization and Quantum. Star Trek has taught me to never doubt the Quantum.
    – dsollen
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:28

Since Alexander O'Mara beat me to the Lego, I decided to go with cards instead.

I first tried a self-supporting card-tower helmet (I knew, like you do, that it was never going to work. I tried it anyway. I guess that is just how I am.) After total and totally expected failure, I scratched my head for something else.

This is what I got. Of course, cards are not so easy to build with, so it was a bit more challenging than using Lego. Here are the photos:

enter image description here

Possible uses:

As suggested by andrewtweber:

Trump Card, your opponent's answer received more of the popular vote but yours was accepted anyway.

Please note that the acceptance must occur while the other answer(s) has/have a higher score.

Or, failing that:

Trump card, your answer was upvoted higher than the accepted answer

All ideas are welcome, please suggest anything you think of.

  • 53
    No need to get political. :P
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:25
  • @RobertHarvey: I'm not going to get into that one! [;-)
    – hat
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 16:28
  • 131
    How about Trump Card, your opponent's answer received more of the popular vote but yours was accepted anyway? Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 17:47
  • 5
    @andrewtweber, I really like that idea, but the accept must be after the other answers have got more upvotes. Too many times the first inferior answer is accepted, and that must not be encouraged. I wonder if the mechanics of these conditions would be hard to implement.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 18:04
  • 3
    ohhhhh my god this is a mini-populist badge that's too much
    – djechlin
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:47
  • What you suggested sounds more like a Hillary card, or even Al Gore card.
    – user323935
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 7:00
  • 1
    @djechlin, no, the populist badge is the other way around.
    – Wildcard
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:57
  • Let me just point out that you may not call them "Legos". You may call them "Lego" or "Lego bricks". Never "Legos". That is all.
    – Clonkex
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 0:33
  • 1
    @Clonkex, I'm glad you agree with me. I wrote LEGO and someone "fixed" it to Legos. I'm going to fix it.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 4:59
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats Ah I didn't notice that. I'm glad you agree as well.
    – Clonkex
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 6:01
  • 1
    @Clonkex - LEGO is not a plural. The company itself suggests using "'LEGO bricks" as the plural. Colloquially, in the US, "Legos" is commonplace. Saying "[someone] beat me to the LEGO" sounds like you raced someone to a single brick. "Using LEGO" sounds the same way, but with the added problem of sounding Russian, as though you aren't very comfortable with using articles. Furthermore, LEGO is not an acronym. It's merely the company's stylized name. As such, it won't be universally used (though I do prefer following a company's capitalization style for their products, like iPhone).
    – bubbleking
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 17:51
  • 3
    A trump card is not necessarily political. That is a Bridge term that has been around since the game of Bridge was invented almost a hundred years ago. It might also have been in use in other card games before that..
    – HLGEM
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 19:54
  • @bubbleking I have no aversion to any particular capitalisation. Personally I prefer lego or Lego. However Lego as a company specifically says "legos" is incorrect. In Australia (at least) most people would say "I'm buying a box of lego" or "I stepped on a pile of lego and it hurt like hell" (only because it's Australia, there would be more coarse language in that one). Sometimes we say "lego bricks" to be super specific. My point is that "'[someone] beat me to the LEGO' sounds like you raced someone to a single brick" might only be true where you live. Don't state it as a general fact.
    – Clonkex
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 21:38
  • @Clonkex - Indeed, that's why I prefaced with the bit about being colloquial in the US. This thread is my first exposure to any plural other than "Legos" or "Lego (pieces/bricks/sets/whatever)." Using "Lego" as a plural in the states I've lived in would be met with a confused face. Lego may wish "Legos" to not be a common term, but that boat sailed decades ago. My initial correction wasn't snarky. I assumed it was a typo made by a non-native speaker. I learned something new today.
    – bubbleking
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 22:13
  • @bubbleking Apologies, I missed the part about colloquial US usage. TIL "legos" isn't only used by uneducated people and is common in at least some states in the US.
    – Clonkex
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 0:26

This is the Stack of hats! Possibly awarded for, I dunno, Getting All Teh Otehr Hats!!!? *

enter image description here

Not the most comfortable to wear, and I definitely can't mosh with this stack on, but it's a very special stack for a reason...

Can you guess which position my Stack Exchange mod hat is in the stack? Bet you can't...

A wee addition: this is how it should look with my avatar:

enter image description here

*- Edit because of all the flak I got for suggesting getting all the hats was possible before getting the hat for getting all the hats. **

**- Recursion rules

  • I'm guessing it's the fifth one from the top.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:30
  • nope - as if it would be that easy
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:31
  • Because you're betting we can't, I am wondering if it isn't it's blue self anymore...so I am going to go out on a limb and guess the beige-ish one, because maybe you had a hat-ccident and now it is not blue at all.
    – user168476
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:33
  • 1
    3 hats above the beige hat, 4th from the top - the faded navy one with the brim stitching and the white stain Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 1:15
  • 1
    Why is the image mirror-reverse? I seriously wondered why you have all those lefty guitars... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 1:21
  • 5
    Your Stack Exchange mod hat, singular? Don't you have seven of them? Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 1:23
  • 4
    @RoryAlsop: change the picture frequently – Or make it an animated GIF that changes once a minute …
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:00
  • 8
    If you get this for getting all the hats, you would have to have had it already, and now you got it twice.
    – GolezTrol
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:13
  • 3
    Behold the HAT-STACK. That totally has to be the winner. Please redo that photo so the hat-stack is crooked to the correct side! Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:19
  • 2
    return hats.indexOf('StackOverflow');
    – Brian
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 13:29
  • 7
    I found a flaw in your design... It's prone to stack overflow.
    – Pluto
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 22:32
  • 1
    Maybe this should be called the Bartholomew Cubbins Award.
    – user296816
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 22:28
  • 3
    I always kind of imagine what people look like when I interact with them on SE. This was kind of spot on. Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 2:53
  • 1
    Ah overflow!!!!
    – AaA
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 6:55
  • 1
    @kojow7 - I had to google that, but very appropriate :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 11:06

Cleaning up the mess

Constructed from toilet paper and ribbons.

Earned by making 20 edits on one day.

Cleaning up the mess holiday hat

  • 5
    Would you wear that in public? :-)
    – hat
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 5:45
  • 37
    @Who Man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 11:05
  • 12
    bonus points for adding nutella Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:21
  • 2
    This is so supercoool! And it might help clean up the mess if your head explodes on the nineteenth edit. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:19
  • On smaller sites this would be quite a problem. The front page would be submerged in edited posts and new questions would be invisible.
    – Federico
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 12:48
  • 1
    Should also be gifted to the top devops troubleshooter of the month.
    – mrflash818
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 20:59
  • 1
    Hindsight being 20/20 and all, this hat is remarkably prescient.
    – E.P.
    Commented Dec 19, 2020 at 14:10
  • 1
    I'm here from the future to tell you all that this is too relevant.
    – 10 Rep
    Commented Apr 8, 2021 at 2:13

The helmet of festive illumination

enter image description here

Which is simply this hat-shaped frame, with a several hundred Christmas lights interwoven into it :)

enter image description here

  • 4
    I'd want to upvote this more than once if it was LEDs. But that would be voting fraud ;p. This is a enlightened hat I must say Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 6:16
  • 2
    Does this ship with SE/SO API support and inbox alerts?
    – agrm
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 13:57
  • @agrm I'm afraid not - these aren't fancy programmable Christmas lights that I could rig up to display notifications. They are just normal, boring Christmas lights. The best they could do is flash, and annoy all the people around :) Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:17
  • Oh well, still the best looking Christmas hat I've seen today! :o)
    – agrm
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:48
  • 3
    This has to be extremely uncomfortable to wear.
    – DonielF
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:39
  • 5
    @DonielF Alas, that is a slight design flaw. I tried to make the lights point outward, but some still stick inward. It also warns up quite fast, so it works as a head warmer! (The lights shouldn't be so close together, so I only put it on a few minutes at a time). Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 18:02
  • 1
    @DonielF it's the hat equivalent of the Iron Throne
    – Rob Grant
    Commented Dec 23, 2017 at 10:29

Great Old One

Simply looking upon the creature drives the viewer insane.

enter image description here

Materials used:

  • A jar of gluten-free, edible kids glue
  • 1 non-edible glue brush
  • Edible green glitter
  • 1 dark green felt-tip
  • Green paper, 6 A5 sized sheets and 1 A4 sized
  • Storebought green paper strips
  • Childproof scissors

I think that makes it completely childproof. It's easy to make, just cut out the shapes and glue them together. You might want to help your three-year-old make the curls.

Oh, and be prepared to handle night terrors for the next few weeks!

How to earn:

  • Flag 10 spam posts that get deleted


  • Flag 10 rude/abusive posts that get deleted
  • 9
    Can't help but think this is a Green Ood... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 16:18
  • @JonClements Nah, you're just insane...
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:33
  • 4
    mmmmm - edible glue!
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:37
  • @Tinkeringbell It's probably hard to believe but you're not the first person to have said that... :) Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:47
  • 1
    @RoryAlsop but the brush isn't edible :(
    – EKons
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:01
  • You make it sound like you have tested that theory :-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:02
  • 2
    Is the dark green felt-tip supposed to be edible or non-edible? And if edible, should it be gluten-free or non-lactose? (Good job on the curly beard, BTW). Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:28
  • @wirap, I haven't tasted the felt tip, but its kid proof too and supposed to be not toxic. It's not advertised as hypo-allergenic though
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:31
  • @Tinker Oh oh ... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:36
  • 63
    Maybe you could get this for telling someone how to parse HTML with regex Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 1:00
  • 1
    Must resist the urge to flag as spam... Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:04
  • @Don't I'm still hoping for an HTML regex buster hat ... Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:38
  • 1
    I guess the paper part just counts as extra fiber :-)?
    – Brian
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 13:33
  • 1
    In case it's helpful, I know of another edible glue: Vegemite.
    – bubbleking
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 5:14
  • 1
    "How could I not vote"
    – Hastur
    Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 17:36

Connection Maker

For finding 5 duplicate questions in a given day. (Connections...get it?)



  • Cat6 (Straight and Xover)
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Nice, although this could encourage Mjölnir-abuse by Gold-badge bearers. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 1:06
  • 14
    @leftaroundabout it would take only 5 minutes to legitimately earn this hat in Stack Overflow C tag... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 8:50
  • 11
    @AnttiHaapala soooo, how do I write a for loop in C?
    – Caius Jard
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:17
  • But what of the choking hazard? Think of the childrens!
    – Andrew B
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 7:44

Six Cornered Hat

Synonomous to the necromancer badge, since floppies are a thing of the past

Floppy Hat


  • Floppy Disks
  • Black duct tape
  • 6
    Actually, since this is lacking a top, I think that makes it more of a crown ;)
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:16
  • 17
    Gut an 8.5" floppy and use that as the top.
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 0:10
  • 5
    This is probably the most hard hat to build.. where can you find a floppy disk these days ? Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 13:23
  • 3
    That 'bout used 'em up for me. Had a few Win 3.1 disk hanging around.
    – Brian
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 13:28
  • 2
    Put a LaserDisc on top of it and it'll be shiny.
    – Brian D
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:14
  • 1
    I'm shocked anyone still had enough floppies lying around to make this hat!
    – dsollen
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 16:17
  • These belong on Antique Roadshow.
    – Chris K
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 0:13

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Hat

Possible task to get this:

'Tis the season: Visit any site in the network every day between Dec 24th and Dec 31st.

A cool StackOverflow Tree Hat

Using all my talent with pointed-tip scissors and some help from a mother -- my wife --, I get to this StackOverflow Tree Hat. I hope you all enjoy it.

Happy Holidays!

  • 7
    This made me LOL IRL.
    – Brian
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:59
  • 3
    You have a wife so that is worth a upvote
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 2:09
  • @Christopher2EZ4RTZ Lucky of me I didn't wear this kind of "fashion accessory" by the time I met her. ;) Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 2:47
  • BTW, in case someone else finds it weird, as I've already been asked, both of my eyes have the same color. That's just a reflection on the glasses, I guess. Or some kind of Holiday magic, maybe? Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 2:52
  • If you look closely, it it the shadow of your glasses falling across the middle of your right eye that changes its colour.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 6:36
  • 1
    Sorry to take the holiday magic out of it! :-))
    – hat
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 6:42
  • 1
    @Brian lol. do you lol irl?
    – sshow
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:39

My wife crocheted the following cap. When I wear it, I significantly more often observe people around me bursting into uncontrollable laughter for no apparent reason.

side view

Yes, that’s an ear with an earring (made from light-reflecting yarn).

front view

Possible uses:

  • Confuse the Mods – Retract a custom moderator flag that has not been handled for one day.


    The confusion will be caused by people trying to write flags that look like they may be onto something but actually aren’t.

  • Silly Elf Mohawk – Hack Stack Exchange to get yourself an exclusive hat.


    Alluding to this.

Free swag from me

Sociological experiment: I will give one sticker (Stack Exchange, Graphic Design, or Academia) to you, if:

  • You explicitly ask me for the sticker in person. Just commenting on the cap does not suffice.
  • I did not award the sticker to somebody else before.
  • It is still this winter (which I define to end on 01.03.2018).
  • I did not know you in person before this.

You can identify me by the hat.

  • 3
    Careful, all the mods will be after you if this hat is implemented! ;-)
    – hat
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 18:08
  • 63
    Man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.
    – 0xDBFB7
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 18:56
  • 6
    @Giskard42: I will try to use that argument the next time I am mugged.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:43
  • 4
    @Wrzlprmft Well, have you ever been mugged wearing that hat? No? Well there you go!
    – 0xDBFB7
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:45
  • 3
    Are those... ears??
    – Jaydles
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:32
  • 9
    Apparently @Wrzlprmft's head is transparent. I mean, who wouldn't post the entry photo for this fine creation while wearing it personally. Tries to recall seeing Wrzlprmft and The Invisible Man in the same room at the same time. Realizes that might be a tad difficult.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:34
  • @Jaydles: Thanks for your comment. I edited my answer to clarify.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:39
  • 2
    That awesome headpiece needs a model to gain many more votes - ditch the invisible mannequin ;-)
    – bmike
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 1:04
  • I'm voting for this one. Anything that annoys mods is fine by me.
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:48
  • +1 for "for no apparent reason". Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 0:54
  • Where did you live again?
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 23:57
  • 2
    @Christopher2EZ4RTZ: My profile suffices for all your cyberstalking needs.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 8:40
  • @Wrzlprmft i know your real name and a general location btw
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 18:09

The Eyes Have It

I have many eyes. I see all...

Turn me around...

Possible trigger:

Be the first to view and comment on a post, which is later edited and becomes +2. 5 times.

Bonus SVG:

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  • Is that an orang-utan? Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 10:16
  • 2
    @wirap “Rana-tan” according to my son
    – Cai
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 10:27
  • 25
    That hat so needs its own TV Series... Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 13:09
  • Upvoted for code.
    – Rafee
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 7:01
  • @JonClements It already has one. Or at least its name does. Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 17:04

How about a pi-rate hat:

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Materials: warm hat, sharpie (black and silver), paper, scissors, tape.

A pirate hat might be awarded for having an answer accepted after another answer was initially accepted. In other words - "stealing" the green tick.

Or an upvoted answer that has double r in at least 3 words. That would make a good "secret" hat.

Note - as was pointed out in the comments, there is a "below zero" pun in there...

  • 39
    Wow, a pun that simplifies to zero. : ) Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 16:30
  • 2
    @CandiedOrange Yes, and there are lots more transcendental constants to choose from. Since it's a partial differential, there's got to be more... erm... constants.
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:46
  • 2
    @CandiedOrange - It's something to wear when it's below zero...
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:03
  • 4
    Pirate, hilarious! Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:22
  • This should be on RPi SE.
    – SlySven
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 1:37
  • @SlySven: I don't know about that. There are already so many "hats" for the Raspberry Pi. (Extension boards, always placed on top of the RPi, are all called "hats")
    – hat
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 6:59
  • Crown --> pi-rate king!
    – Nat
    Commented Dec 24, 2017 at 0:03

Work In Progress

Earn at least 250 reputation on a website without a design.

Poor mans hat The hat is finished the name is Work In Progress :P

The initials could be changed to whatever the site you have the hat earned from. I just put PCG so it wasn't blank, but the initials should be simple if this was used, no fancy logos!

The rest of the hats

Hats round 2


I said I would make 1 hat per upvote to this answer in the comments. This is limited to the amount of no design websites out there. I will be taking a few breaks from making hats so don't worry I will eventually catch up

  • 1
    alluding to PPCG because we have no design (PCG is the shorter version)
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:00
  • I like the idea, but I don't know making it specific to one site would be widely appreciated across the network and those who don't use PPCG
    – DJMcMayhem
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:04
  • @DJMcMayhem they have stack overflow hats. :P
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:05
  • 4
    Seconded; perhaps having it change to the initials of whatever site you're currently on would work better. (For example, Stack Overflow would become SO, Super User would become SU etc.)
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:06
  • @wizzwizz4 makes sense
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:08
  • Please make more versions of this hat as demonstrations. :-) Keep them plain; we don't want to give the impression that beta-design sites look fancy! :-D
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:09
  • The hat would have to be able to be earned on any site, though.
    – mbomb007
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 21:05
  • @mbomb007 not necessarily
    – user345817
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 0:44
  • @Christopher2EZ4RTZ I'm pretty sure that's a requirement for the hats, otherwise it's not a fair competition, since the sites compete with each other.
    – mbomb007
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 15:10
  • @mbomb007 stack overflow hat?
    – user345817
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 1:48
  • @Christopher2EZ4RTZ I'm saying I don't think that a hat like that will become an actuality.
    – mbomb007
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 2:36
  • @mbomb007 could be so but free swag is free swag
    – user345817
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 2:36

So... in the past we've seen the somewhat controversial Hairboat and Hairboat's Revenge hats. In the spirit of continuing that tradition (perhaps to our own demise) I present you the following:

The Skeet Shooter

The Skeet Shooter Hat

Trigger Actions

  • Earned by commenting on one of Jon Skeet's posts or replying to a comment of his.
  • As a safer alternative: Earn the hat by answering a question that Jon Skeet answers and get more upvotes than Jon Skeet.


It's pretty simple: an orange hunting cap and 5 skeets stacked in the style of the Stack Overflow logo. Use a chosen suitable material to create the "tilt" (I used crumpled paper).

  • This is brilliant! Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 10:22
  • 2
    This would only be available for those users who frequent the same sites as Jon Skeet, which many of use do not.
    – Willeke
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:55
  • 7
    How about: answer a question before Jon Skeet does answer it?
    – Bergi
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 4:00
  • 24
    Answering a question that Jon Skeet answers and get more upvotes?!?! In what universe is that possible?
    – mgilson
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 6:41
  • 5
    "Earned by commenting on one of Jon Skeet's posts or replying to a comment of his." he would be very spammed, not nice. "As a safer alternative: Earn the hat by answering a question that Jon Skeet answers and get more upvotes than Jon Skeet." not possible. Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 13:27
  • Please prove if it is possible (but not if it isn't) by constructing a query on SEDE.
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 10:00
  • 2
    Could I earn this hat by wearing one while being thrown into the air?
    – user284374
    Commented Dec 24, 2017 at 0:08

StackOfFlower Hat


Consisting of:

  1. A bunch of (possibly fake) flowers.
  2. A metallic fruit bowl
  3. A small white towel

Towel and flower signifies cleaning and beautify. Fruit bowls are for fruits (reps).

This is a hat for getting more than 15 reps in a day and performed at least one edit on self or someone else answer.

  • 2
    This is a problematic proposal, since it is impossible for users with edit privileges to gain rep from edits. Moderators and users with more than 2000 rep (1000 rep on beta sites) cannot earn this hat.
    – user307833
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 6:52
  • 5
    Joined the site (dunno why I haven't previously) and +1'd for the anagram alone.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 13:50
  • 1
    I see you got inspired ...
    – rene
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 22:50
  • @Mego: if moderators care about that, they should be unelected. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 18:17
  • 3
    @ThomasWeller The spirit of Winterbash is that everyone can participate and have fun. A hat being unobtainable for a large portion of a given site's userbase (including their moderators) goes against that spirit. Your comment is unnecessarily aggressive and completely missing the point.
    – user307833
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 18:19
  • @Mego: I can't obtain most of the hats either, but I don't complain since years. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 18:21
  • @Mego They can't earn rep on sites where they Mod or have edit privileges but couldn't they earn the hat by participating in other sites?
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 21:35
  • @M.Babcock Sure, but it seems counterintuitive to prevent users from getting hats on the sites that they are most invested in (the exception being hats where the specific intention is to get users to explore other sites, a la 2015’s Explorer hat).
    – user307833
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 2:41
  • Surely the 15 rep points can come from other places than edits though?
    – Willtech
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 5:36

It ain't easy being cheesy

As per the time of the year and my (general) location, I decided to crank out the new Fondue pot and give it it's first spin in the real world, as a hat.

I present the It ain't easy being cheesy

Fondue pot with 6 forks taped to the outside and a slice of Emmental cheese on top.

One would be awarded this hat for

Post 10 comments that each earn 5 or more upvotes.

This hat was inspired by Sauron (as evidenced by the majority of my answered questions on my main site), my dinner plans tonight and a good ol' cheesehead (although I couldn't find a slice of Emmental cheese that big).

While heavy and ridden with pointy forks, this hat comes in a junior design where all the ends of the forks have been very helpfully been shortened and rounded out and made of a lightweight fondue pot.

  • could in theory go full plastic. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:13
  • 3
    But how would I make cheese fondue then? I mean what good is a fondue hat if it can't be taken off to cook a quick fondue when you're out in the woods?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:14
  • 2
    Well, I wouldn't trust 3 year olds around hot melted cheese. Or some 30 year olds... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:15
  • Also. upvoted cause cheese. Even if my dog's restricted to soft creamy ones these days ;p Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 10:16
  • Sauron has a hat? Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 11:02
  • 1
    @JourneymanGeek if one has reached the age of 3 and not had fondue yet then they're no true Swiss. It's a rite of passage.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 11:13
  • @Randal'Thor the one hat. Apparently was bright pink and had tassels. Lost it in the fall of numenor. Never was the same again, the poor chap Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 14:36
  • Cheese fondue needs plenty of wine, garlic and Kirsch. Many people would consider that not kid friendly (well - my kids love it. I'm speaking theoretically "not kid friendly").
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 19:27
  • @Floris You're not supposed to* eat* the hat. No hat-eating during winter-bash, ok? Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:45
  • @wirap - I assume the hat is "emergency supplies for making fondue. You don't eat the hat, you use it. Always ready...
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:47
  • @Floris well ... I guess the forks are not exactly kid-friendly either. Still missing the recipe for cheese fondue ... Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 20:37
  • @wirap "plenty of wine, garlic and kirsch." Oh, and cheese of course (Emmental, Gruyère). That's the basic recipe. Everything else is a family secret.
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 1:35
  • Hang on - isn't cheese fondue a concept from the 70's - like say Disco (and Star Wars)? 8-P
    – SlySven
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 1:43
  • @SlySven clearly it was around in the days of the Roman empire... irrefutable evidence
    – Floris
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 18:34
  • 2
    Congrats! Your hat has become real. (Though with a totally different trigger for some reason. :-)) Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 13:08

The Freehand Circle Hat

Awarded for: Making a post that contains a freehand circle.

skeleton wearing a freehand circle hat

This deluxe model comes with handy ear grips that hold the hat in place better than should be expected of pipe cleaners. Advanced users can also attach The Freehand Arrow Topper ™ (not pictured). Comes in several colors, but everybody seems to want the red ones.

Also comes in cat (or small dog) sizes:

cat wearing a freehand circle hat

The nice thing about freehand circles is you can never have enough of them!

cat wearing 4 freehand circle hats honestly it's ridiculous

Oh, and if you can't see the freehand circle hat, please consult the following image:

cat wearing two freehand circle hats with an actual freehand circle drawn around them

See also:

  • 13
    And how long did it take you to remove your cat's claws from deep within your flesh? Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 2:42
  • 9
    @MonicaCellio If you look at the right edge of the first cat picture, you'll see a hat flying off her head, if that gives you any indication as to the process. Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 2:47
  • 1
    How / Who would verify the freehand circle in your images?
    – Welz
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 2:47
  • 3
    @WELZ Sounds like a job for the folks over at Programming Puzzles and Code Golf! Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 3:06
  • 1
    This is perfect! :D
    – poke
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 7:53
  • 1
    Beat me to it. Well played, have your +1. :) Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 16:36

The Moosestalker

Named after the headgear now eternally associated with Sherlock Holmes, and inspired by Stack Overflow's current moose crisis, the Moosestalker plays on the classic deerstalker design. It has two major differences:

  • It is constructed out of paper, cardboard, staples and tape.
  • It has prominent antlers on the side.

This prototype, hastily assembled between math problems, is wearable for someone with a slightly smaller head than mine. It works.

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Suggestions for how to win this hat:

  • Win three trophies bounties by the end of Winter Bash.

Note: Hat created before I was aware of Sherlock.

  • Crafty, moosey, wearable. +1!
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:51
  • Kevin Smith has the perfect shirt to go with that hat.
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:35


I liked the idea behind the "Selfie" hat, however IMO a better theme would have built on the concept of "rubber duck debugging".

Self-answered a +2 question with a +2 answer.

rubberducked hat

Made with the help of a 5yo using rounded-tip scissors, construction paper, toilet paper roll remnants, a non-toxic glue stick, and the official Code Review ducky.

  • The Sherlock hat already has a trigger like this, "Answer own question, both +3"
    – hat
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 5:48
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats yes, and in previous years it was a "selfie" hat at one point. All I'm saying is that this trigger (or similar) needs to involve a rubberducky next year. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 12:49
  • 3
    As the resident duck of TeX.sx, I am here on behalf of our duck family to upvote your effort and wish you and your loved ones merry quacky holidays! Cheerio! :) Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 14:30
  • +1 Suggestion: the duck could wear a little hat: images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/… Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 14:36
  • You are right, I always preferred a non-toxic glue stick to a non-stick toxic glue.
    – Willtech
    Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 5:38

I present you this magnificent example of super-lazy artwork:


You're a problem-solving machine! You took over the leadership in one of the tags.


  • Cheap. make it out of discarded Christmas gift cardboxes.
  • Traditional. The first use given to a box was (arguably) to carry things inside. The second, undoubtedly, was to be worn by the inventor as a hat.
  • Instinctive. Childrens of all ages will certainly try to wear boxes as hats, and have a blast at it.
  • Multipurpose: Cats can use it too.

Material list:

  • 1 x head-sized box (An Echo Dot box was used on the following example)
  • 1 x Printed StackOverflow logo
  • 1 x Gray crayon/Sharpie
  • 1 x Orange crayon/Sharpie

Building instructions:

  • Paint printed logo
  • Glue logo on box
  • Put box on
  • Profit!

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(For historical reasons, the following is the original, idea-pitching image with a GIMPed overlay on top of the photo. Clearly a lesser creation.)

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    hey using gimp to overlay is cheating :|
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:43
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    @Christopher2EZ4RTZ You're totally right, but since cheaters cheat because they're lazy this is somehow in-context. BUT - I promise I'll upload a version later with a properly printed and glued logo. =)
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:46
  • I will retract my downvote when you do
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:49
  • @Christopher2EZ4RTZ Deal!
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 19:49
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    I don't think there should be hats for asking bad questions. People would start asking bad questions on purpose just to get the hat. Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:15
  • @DonaldDuck It was meant as a joke - thus the following subtext. My apologies if humor wasn't properly conveyed!
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 22:36
  • @Christopher2EZ4RTZ There you go!
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 7:06
  • @DonaldDuck Original tongue-in-cheek proposal removed, new one in place!
    – OnoSendai
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 7:07

The Party Hat

Ask a question on the 31. December between 22:00 and 23:59.

(Thanks for my friends daughter for providing the stars, for which she used her new glittery pens!)


  1. Get as sheet of paper and trace a semi circle using a compass.
  2. Cut out the semicircle and colour it in a striped pattern.
  3. Cut some colourful rubberbands open and tape them in place in the center of the semicirle (on the back side.)
  4. Roll it up to a cone and use some tape or glue to hold it togeter.
  5. Eat cake and complain about having to go to bed. (friends daughter)
  6. Beg your parents to stay up a little bit longer. (friends daughter)
  7. Colour some parts of the paper with glittery pens and cut them out, and use glue to glue them to your cone. (friends daughter)

party hat

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    Between 22:00 and 23:59 in which timezone? No matter what timezone you choose, there will always be another timezone where this is between 3:00 and 4:59 AM, and people in that timezone won't be able to earn that hat unless they get up in the middle of the night to ask a question. I would suggest allowing it to be between 22:00 and 23:59 in any timezone, like they do for Hero Of Time. Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:20
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    @DonaldDuck If it's any timezone, there's no point specifying a time, really. Just make it simply: 31st December UTC
    – ert
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 3:37

This hat has a purpose:

This hat is 100% green:

This hat is useful:

(See why further down)

The hat:

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My hat is made of bulrush leaves woven together, nothing else.

(I removed some background noise from this image but did not enhance it digitally)

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Still fresh: You have been on this site for less than six months.


Still green: You have been on this site for less than six months.


I have noticed that it is really hard for a new user to get hats. It is easy to feel left out, and being a newish user myself, I have first hand experience of this. This is why I wanted to make a hat for new users, to make them feel welcome to the Winter Bash and to encourage them.

Why Green?:

  1. This hat is for "green" users.
  2. It is 100% eco-friendly, 100% natural, 100% biodegradable. It is made only of woven bulrush leaves, nothing else, not even string or thread. It is truly green in that sense.
  3. It is really the colour green, every bit of it.

How is it useful?:

It is good for

  • Stalking ducks
  • Sneaking up on your neighbour
  • Camouflage in general
  • Being fun and non-toxic for everyone

Note: Established users can join a new site if they really want this hat

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    what if I already joined all sites?
    – Federico
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 8:30
  • @Federico: Help create a new one!
    – hat
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 8:32
  • While looking at the first picture, I thought there was dirt on my screen when in fact there's an artifact in the top right corner. Took me a second to realize. Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 6:23
  • @PatrickRoberts you are right, I didn't notice that. Thanks!
    – hat
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 8:06
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    Dear sir, I wish to complain in the strongest possible terms about the hat which you have just posted as answer to this thread. It is clearly a threat to all ducks in existence, as it is being used to stalk poor species of the waterfowl family Anatidae. Many of my friends are ducks who wish to see that justice be done to correct this egregious breach of political correctness towards birds in general. Also, not enough people today wear hats. Yours etc., a wacky duck from the far land of TeX.sx. Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:04
  • Also, +1 for the duck part. :) Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:06
  • @PauloCereda, please note that different people stalk and shoot ducks for different reasons. Hunters stalk and shoot for the pot; ornithologists stalk and shoot for the album!
    – hat
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:14
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats I am getting scared... :) Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:15
  • @PauloCereda: Which one are you scared of? :-D
    – hat
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:18
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats at this point, both. :D Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:32

Rep Hunter

As fashioned by a grumpy cat:

Possible trigger:

Post 5 answers, all accepted, in a single day.


It is, (in case you didn't realise, and for posterity's sake in case the icon changes,) the achievements icon:

Some not-very-interesting work in progress pictures:


Top(bar) Hat

top hat with top-bar icons


  • straw hat (easy way out) or wire frame to act as a base
  • cardboard to build up the height and lay in a flat top
  • duct tape to affix them together (no child-safe glue in my house was strong enough)
  • a piece of cloth in as close to Stack Exchange blue as you can find
  • a strip of black cloth
  • a silver paint marker
  • optional, not pictured: red LED and coin battery

Possible trigger:

Do all of the following on this site in $timeperiod: receive an answer to a question you asked, earn reputation from a question or answer, visit meta.

I omitted doing a review because not everybody has access. "Visit meta" is something that you do through the site switcher, which is why I chose that. We already have a hat for earning hats, so I left the snowflake out of it.

Optional upgrade: add a red LED to the review icon; you can push the pins through and connect the coin battery either on the back side of the cloth (if it's heavy enough) or on the other side of the hat. This gives you the "review thing is always red and attention-grabbing" version. For just "red" and not "attention-grabbing", a dab of red paint does the job.

  • or an led. Pretty sure something like a throwie would work here and not blind someone in the remaining eye Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 4:03
  • @JourneymanGeek probably true. My original plans included the laser pointer (I have one of those, unlike an LED), but after the wire frame failed and I had to resort to using a straw hat, I bailed because I'd have to cut a hole in said hat. Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 4:05
  • You can find an LED in almost every piece of malfunctioning electronics (as long as it is not too old, they did not use LEDs in 1970. Just joking, but the more recent the better your chances). Keyring torches (flashlights to Americans) are a good place to start. Anything which has a light in has LEDs these days. If you can't find any, you can either buy a mini torch(flashlight) or buy some LEDs (they cost almost nothing).
    – hat
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 14:34
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats I'd need a working LED (not wiring-clueful), but good point about getting it in a mini-torch. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:14
  • Just some hints: You can just stick the two pins on either side of a coin cell, a bigger battery might need a resistor. There is a flat side on the bottom rim of every LED. The pin that comes out that side goes to the - (minus) side of your battery.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 15:22
  • You could slip the pins of an LED through the straw hat and connect the battery on the other side without damaging it.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 14:32
  • @Whosaysbigcatsdon'twearhats ooh yes, that would work. Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 14:38
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    Hi @MonicaCellio i´m, your fan!, next year probably we will have the same hat with the optional upgrade,
    – Jorgesys
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 15:36

This is the Good Fairy hat. You earn it by gaining a badge on at least four sites (in this example, music, parenting, travel and movies)

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    is the boomerang part of the hat, or just background?
    – C8H10N4O2
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 13:13

Thank you for the fun challenge! I decided to use it to design my very own Stack Overflow knitted hat.

The first version is a shallow cloche. So, the name of my hat:

SO goes Flapper

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There are a few construction details which can be improved (design is always a matter of successive prototypes!) so I want to have a different version later. But as I don't know if I will manage it before the deadline, I am already posting this wearable hat as an entry.

The trigger

Flappers were the new modern women of the early 20th century. They dared to smoke, drive automobiles, and do other "manly" things. They also had their unique appearance - short (for the time) dresses, cut their hair into short bobs, and dismissed the opulence of their Victorian mothers.

To celebrate the short-and-to-the-point side of flapper culture, the trigger is

An answer of yours under 600 characters gets accepted while the question has at least one other answer of length > 600 characters.

Of course we like long and erudite answers, but frankly, writing a good short answer is even more difficult than writing a good long answer. So, if somebody manages to write a short answer that is better than the long ones, he or she deserves a hat.

How to make

As the hat still has construction problems, I will not post a pattern for this version. But I promise that, once I have a version which looks good, I will release the pattern under Creative Commons and post or link it from this post.

For curious knitters, here the basic construction idea: the hat crown is shaped with short rows. The orange part is intarsia. The brim is a single layer stockinette, and it does stay flat on its own, with a little help in the row before last and gentle steaming.

  • What's the trigger for the hat??? It's cute!
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 20:46
  • @catija What do you mean by "trigger"?
    – rumtscho
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 20:50
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    If this was one of the hats in Winter Bash, what would cause it to be awarded?
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 20:51
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    That's easy, if you want a knitted hat, bribe a grandma! So, post a bounty on a very old post? :P
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 21:08
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    @Tinkeringbell this is tempting, but some people might mistakenly assume that it means I am a grandma. So I will try to stay away from that association.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 14:05

Waste Not, Want Not

Every year, charities that hope a little holiday swag will prompt year-end donations send me stuff. Like Christmas wrapping paper. Even when I ask them not to.

I'm Jewish.

So, an alternate use for the December bounty of paper goods, safe for even the most accident-prone child:

festive folded paper hat

Possible trigger: earn a bounty and give a bounty, in the spirit of gift-giving.

Construction materials courtesy of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

  • 1
    Great use to items you don't need :P
    – user345817
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:42
  • 1
    D'aww Doggies! I do remember a past winterbash hat was a dreidel tho Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 4:46

The Editcorn

Like edit and unicorn, nothing to do with the cereal .

Awarded for making exactly one edit on December 24.

It is literally (and figuratively too) a giant rainbow-coloured crayon that can be worn on one's forehead in order to make them a pretty editcorn.

Come on, you know you want one. Who hates rainbows and crayons ?

I am a pretty editcorn

Close up

 How to make it and bask in its magnificence

The ideal would of course be with wood and pigments, but seeing as how I usually fare in court when letting young kids play with lathes, I would suggest paper, scissors and adhesive tape. Also, this does provide a good example of why knowing how to make a patron of a cone can be useful in real life (take that, my former students !).

Once the crayon is done, basically anything goes to attach it to your forehead, though I don't recommend soldering.

  • Darn it... I had to upvote this one. It's the horn, the horn....
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 13:28