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
  • 26
    @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
  • 139
    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
  • 25
    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


See-through Mortarboard

Hit the reputation cap on a given Stack Exchange site for the first time.


Hit the reputation cap from upvotes on a single post (20 on a single answer or 40 on a single question in one day).

Hat being worn

Hat at rest

Materials used:

  • bubble wrap
  • transparent tape
  • 1
    Reputation cap? Man, I really want to have your problems. Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:46

Knight in Yarny Armour

Edit and answer a post that has a negative, zero, less than or equal to a -2 score, that turns into a positive score within 48 hours.

Super intimidating photo of Yarn Knight

A message calls for help via text.

What could it be that has them vexed?

MidKnight coders come to the rescue far from sight,

yet their deeds travel at the speed of light

B. Agel

It's a knight helmet with a functioning visor, crocheted from yarn! It is also really warm in the winter!

  • Hey Matt! So glad you found this! Looks awesome!
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 3:26
  • @Catija I had so many ideas for hats but could not think of one that would actually work as a bash hat
    – Matt
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 3:28
  • You really must tell me how you taught a three-year-old to crochet, let alone crochet this fast! Looks amazing :D
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 9:54
  • 3
    @Tinkeringbell I heard that three year olds can be remarkably quick given enough energy drinks and chocolate :p Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 10:06

Our site is a hat. We want our hat-site hat.

a.k.a. "all teh physics!"

Suppose you had a Hatters Stack Exchange. Then Winter Bash would be like a national holiday on steroids, no? Now suppose you had a Stack Exchange whose logo is, already, a hat. Then you'd expect the Winter Bash to show the physics some love and throw in a Mexican-hat-potential-logo-styled hat into the mix. But so far, no joy.

So, without further ado:

enter image description here

Materials: white paper, scissors, stapler, green whiteboard marker. (If you're feeling particularly into things, you might even plump in a plush Higgs boson (or some other such representation) on the outer rim of the hat, much like its fundamental-particle's natural home.) In terms of graphical assets, you have them already:

enter image description here

The physical representation might look, to an untrained eye, to be of relatively low accuracy. If that is bugging you, then you might not have grasped just how loose of an attachment to accuracy we physicists can quite easily lapse into when we say "yeah, this is definitely not a harmonic oscillator ( / quadratic potential) but let's pretend it is anyway".

As for triggering behaviours... oh, golly, how about just visiting Physics Stack Exchange on some important physics date? Or posting or other nontrivial participation? If you want to up the bar on the participation requirements, then it might also be nice to extend the opportunity to, say, the physics and mathematical-physics tags on Math SE and indeed any tag on any site that includes the string 'physics'.

Anyways, back to the loud protesting:

Our site is a hat. We want our hat-site hat.

  • 5
    Full agreement here =)
    – auden
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 21:10
  • 1
    Sir, You deserve teh hat!
    – AaA
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 8:05

Oh Noes! Hope I'm not late for the game!

I want a crown, it is still a hat, right? There is an ongoing shortage of 3 years old engineers in my country so I get help from my 10 years old engineer who even helped me to solder the LEDs.

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  • So much work... efforts... makes me feel bad for spending less than 10 minutes on my "hat". ;) Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 7:36
  • 1
    @ShadowWizard, then you have more time to do what is needed to do in this website. I was making a small hat, my lil one see it and she wanted to make it special so she finished all my hot glue sticks and all her toy gems >.<
    – AaA
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 7:55
  • 1
    lol... well my daughter also wanted to make a paper hat first, but daddy (that's me ;)) didn't know how to make one, so we went on something more simple... :D Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 9:00
  • well my hat was also a crown but yours look 100 times better , Great efforts.
    – Manohar
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 12:43

I give you the Amped Up hat. Remember from last year?

Amped Up

Not that is was my favorite hat, but it was the one that fit the color construction paper I had. :)


Cruise Reviver / Hairboat

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Note: Although it cannot be seen very well on the image, the ship actually has some supports so that it can be worn on the head fairly easily.

Possible use: Award a bounty to an answer which then gets at least 3 upvotes.

  • 3
    +1 because a boat you wear on your head is definitionally a @hairboat and I'm fond of those.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:34
  • @Jaydles Definitely relevant :P
    – Mr. Xcoder
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 20:36
  • Reminds me of a question of programming on a boat.... Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:30

Why have a hat when you can have a tiara?

So I decided to make a tiara, Eco-friendly to be specific:


  1. Green chilies: (when you go Eco-friendly, you surely need some green:

green chillies

  1. Thread: (white worked fine for me)

parcel string

  1. Knotting skills:

chillies tied to string in a line

  1. Test subject:

chilli tiara tied around the head of a model skull with holes

My dotted head friend got so excited that his eyes started glowing:

as previous photo, but with glowing eyes

Spicy Tiara: for a post which became controversial and got both upvotes and downvotes, at least three of each.

  • Sure, a 3-year-old can't possibly eat the chilies or the thread, so you can't blame this hat for deafening (for the parent) crying.
    – EKons
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:59
  • Then you have not meet Indian 3 year olds :p Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:29
  • btw I was being sarcastic :p
    – EKons
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:31
  • 1
    Everything is better with a Tiara. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 20:33
  • 1
    Don't rub your eyes after you touch the chillies, and everything should be O.K.
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 13:29
  • @code4life I used non spicy chilies to keep it children safe Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 15:18
  • 1
    @AnkitSharma OK, I'm rubbing my eyes now...
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 18:36

@Catija I think we'll pretty much accept anything someone could conceivably put on their head without wearing a monitor in the process. - Tim Post ♦ 2 days ago

But... what if someone wants to wear a monitor on their head?!

Me wearing a laptop on my head

(mod hat not required)


  • One laptop

  • One mod hat

Suggested triggers

Keyboard wear-out - write 8 answers in one day, all scoring 2 or above.

  • 2
    Technically that is a laptop. .... I dooooone have a small monitor.... Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 23:32
  • but.. why a hat on a hat?
    – Suraj Rao
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 7:50
  • 1
    @Suraj - what, you never wear two hats at once? :O
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 7:51
  • 1
    @e-sushi - I'm a moderator. For security reasons, I must obscure my face.
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 8:57
  • 1
    @Mithrandir Must? I’m also a moderator. Might be me, but somehow I don’t really grasp what “security reasons” you might be thinking about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to step on your toes or anything – after all, it’s your personal choice… but I’m curious about the reasoning of your security reasons (maybe I’m missing something that a heads-up could point me to).
    – e-sushi
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 9:44
  • 3
    @e-sushi - it was rather intended to be a joke. Honestly, I just didn't want to post a public picture of my face.
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 9:47
  • @Mithrandir lol – didn’t immediately get the joke. ;) Probably the result of interacting too much with tin-foil hatted peeps. Anyway, now that I grasp the motivation behind that image redaction, I’ll upvote your privates. (pun intended) Nice talking to you btw. Cya around.
    – e-sushi
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 9:51
  • 1
    Just joking, you have a handsome face
    – Mr_Green
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 10:47
  • Hah, @Mr_Green, just reading that "handsome face" and seeing the picture, I knew that it would be Harry's video. The 3rd part (released just a few weeks back) would have been more perfect though. Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 23:55
  • I know this is just my favorite video :D
    – Mr_Green
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 5:56

My Play-Doh says it is safe for ages 2 and up:

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It also is created with the artistry and skill of a 2 year old (although I assure you I am older than that).

This should be for questions or answers that get at least 2 votes in 2 minutes, asked or answered by someone who has been a member for at least 2 years. And then they say "D'oh!" and make a minor edit.


Simply because we tend to have smart, lazy 3 year olds (and toddlers tend to cover things given the chance), and I think adorableness can often make up for a lack of skills (cause many of these hats are excellent) ...

I present...

Not *actually* a Khajit

Khajit has answer if you have coin!

And since I'm not a cat person, the Khajit is played by SU's favourite Canine, Ash.

Possible Use: Post an upvoted answer for a question with a bounty.

  • 1
    Being a dog person too, how could I not upvote this cutie.
    – e-sushi
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 11:31

Future FPV Hat - awarded for committing to the Drones proposal on Area51 (hint hint!)

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  • Not that I'm biased at all, but seriously - the Drones commitment needs more people to sign up!
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 12:18

Love online shopping? Then this hat is for you. All you need is:

  • A small box that fits on your head.
  • Air packets if you want to make horns out of them :)
  • Tape to stick air packets to box.

enter image description here

This is how you can use them: enter image description here


  • Link only flags.

A few of the answers consist of a link only, where the user just puts a link which provides reference to the other online sources, just like online shopping.

  • But.. How do we use it ? what is its use as Winter Bash hat?
    – Nog Shine
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 17:56
  • @NogShine updated Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:09
  • "Link only flags." don't exist, how are you going to determine when one has been raised? NAA flags aren't quite the same, and custom mod flags can be for other stuff as well.
    – EKons
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:12
  • @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος that's mod flag agree. But why Can't it be considered ? Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:13
  • 2
    I really think this should be for closing a question as going shopping.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 18:17

Behold, it's time for the

Unicorn Hat!

We know that we all love unicorns, right?, so let's make one unicorn hat.

enter image description here

That's with the ears folded. When I informed the hat that it'll be featured on MSE, it got excited and raised it's ears in awe

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It also fits perfectly on the head

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We know that unicorns will lead you to your "pot of gold", so the trigger can be to post something which might earn you a gold badge.


As The Guy with The Hat, I feel obligated to post The Hat:

Picture of The Hat

Originally a Christmas present when I was 10 or so, The Hat was made by my Aunt's friend. I now wear The Hat throughout the winter—and sometimes in the summer too!

Place a bounty on a question of yours that has 0 score.

  • 1
    One of the highest-voted answers here is a hat made by the poster's wife, so I guess it's fine even if you didn't make it yourself. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 11:13

Cherry on Top

This is my attempt at sticking a cherry on my head. Whether it worked or not is up to the voter.


  • 1 towel
  • 1 stick
  • 1 rubber band

I took some of my hair in the back, took the rubber band, and tied the stick in my hair so that it would stick up. I then wrapped the towel around my head, turban-style. What resulted is above.

Suggested trigger:

Cherry on Top - post a second answer to a question that already has one answer, with your answer scoring at least 4, and the first answer having a score of at least 3.

  • Was that a sharp stick?
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 13:32
  • @code4life RIP Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 16:32

The designs will have to be done using crayon, construction paper, finger paints, water colors, popsicle sticks, paste & glue and other sorts of materials.

Ans: Check., uses paper and glue (or cello-tape) and some crayons / sketch pens.

[...] a hat, consisting of artistic mediums that are not run as computer applications and suitable for children 3+ years of age

Ans: Check. (I sat with my 4yo niece [nickname: "Titli", meaning, a small butterfly] to jointly come up with the "design", she gets as much credit as me, if not more).

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.

Ans: Check. (Though not very high quality)

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

Ans: Check.

You are responsible for the creation and execution of your design.

Ans: Check. (Already feeling the heat, total responsibility, I now have 20+ orders for Christmas party for her schoolmates)

Hat Name: Upside-down (An Origami hat!!)

Feature: You can wear the hat whichever way you like,

  • top-down or (Photo 1, 3)
  • bottom down. (Photo 2, 4)


Possible Trigger: Use both 10 Upvote and 10 Downvotes on a single UTC day.

Photo 1:

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Photo 2:

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Photo 3:

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Photo 4:

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  1. Take a square paper sheet (or make it square by cutting off the extra part)
  2. Fold each corner to the center equally.
  3. Reverse it, and fold again.
  4. Reverse it, and fold again (third time, not a typo)
  5. Reverse it, unfold the top and the bottom flap.
  6. Hold both the other opposite ends, and pull out gently.
  7. Refold to the other side.
  8. Finally, fold the entire piece in half.

There you have one building block, get (at least) three more, and join them. Add sticky notes, colors to your wish!!

The steps:

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The final building block:

enter image description here

Note: Images from internet, not owned by me.


T-Shirt Ninja

Answer a question when no one is looking

Answer a question with less than 20 views and receive at least one upvote

Steps to reproduce

  1. Find a black T-Shirt
  2. Turn it inside out
  3. Put your face through the head hole
  4. Tie the arms behind your head
  5. Pull the bottom of the shirt up to cover your face
  6. Tie that behind the head to secure
  7. Impart Knowledge

Book floating in midair

  • 2
    Should be "with at least one upvote on your question" or something like that to avoid incentive to answer a question when you don't really know the answer.
    – Wildcard
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:37
  • Good point @Wildcard edited to prevent the wrong type of sneaky behaviour
    – Robb
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:50

Barry Commoner once said:

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.

With the same thought in mind, I'm presenting:

"Go Green - Say No To Plastic" Hat

"Go Green - Say No To Plastic" Hat

same bag with some craftsmanship :D

Paper Bag Front Paper Bag side

This hat is created by using just an inverted paper bag. Simple, right? But it has a huge meaning to save the world. In this Winter Bash, we may spread the word to world for saving our mother earth.

Possible Triggers:

  • Since this hat is created to spread "Go Green" word to the world, we may award it to someone who shares a link to the post which is later visited by 3 different ip addresses.

  • Go green also means making the environment clean. We may award it to someone who flags 10 comments as 'no longer needed' and moderator marks them as useful.

What’s the problem with plastic bags?

In response to the problem of using plastic bags and accepting negative impacts on our environment, more and more countries are banning and regulating the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and retail outlets. The efforts of governments and retailers will be wasted if we do not help reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

In this Winterbash, we can spread this awareness to SE/SO community and can try to make our world a better place.

Plastic Bags Usage

Here are some interesting facts about plastic bags that you probably didn’t know:

  • 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating landfill of garbage in the Pacific twice the size of Texas, is mostly composed of plastic.
  • In 2008, a sperm whale was found beached in California. It died due to the more than 22 kilos of plastic found in its stomach.
  • Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet.
  • Plastic bags remain toxic even after it breaks down. It doesn’t biodegrade, it photo-degrades. It means that after it degrades, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits of itself – and bleeds and contaminates the environment.
  • In the North Pacific Ocean, there are 6x more plastic debris than plankton.
  • Plastic bags are produced using petroleum, natural gas and other chemicals. Its production is toxic to the environment.

Here's one of the well-known quote from A Sand County Almanac (1949) written by Aldo Leopold who was a famous wildlife biologist and conservationist:

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

Keep Calm and say no to plastic

Edit: Here's the noise free version of the hat.

Paper Bag side Paper Bag Front

Disclaimer: The bag I used is the random paper bag which was available at my home. By usage of it, I am not promoting any brand, or any product belonging to that brand.

  • 2
    Is the color scribbles all over your face a part of the hat?
    – Wildcard
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 22:38
  • @Wildcard : Nope, it is just to hide my identity :) Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 4:53

The Meta-Moose hat

Design a hat to be used during a winter bash

Inspired by this post, this hat involves:

  • a moose
  • a putty knife (perhaps plastic would be safest for small children)
  • 2 rubber bands

meta moose hat


The Ha(t)mmer (1)

Possible achievement: earn it by downvoting / VTC'ing / deleting any Q/A before it reaches -5 (with a minimum of 25 per day / 30 consecutive days).

Easy to use: just nod your head to hit the delete button/key :)

-> Specially designed! One size fits all, with adjustable length of the grip through the top hole.

WARNING: beware of fingers on keyboard (ouch, that hurts ^^) when using it!

Material: 2 recycled paper sheets / 1 recycled paperboard folder / scissors / tape / glue.

A yellow piece of paper folded as a hat with a round white Stack Overflow sticker centred at the front side. An upside-down wooden hammer painted white with a round Stack Overflow sticker on the front of the hammer


The white hammer from the previous picture inserted through a hole in the top of the hat described in the first picture

- (1) Intended for (but not only): Mjöllnir's fans / Diamonds - Mods / 10k+ users

- (2) Easier when you're in your own office, and when your colleagues know how wacky and geek you can be sometimes ^^

DISCLAIMER: too much use of this power-hammer can lead to the dark side, don't be the next hat vader...

  • @Ausername please don't make such pointless edits on old posts, especially not when you are going to circumvent the system restriction by adding random HTML crap.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 13:25

Powered Up

  • Earn a new privilege

This hat consists of a 15 foot extension cord carefully wound into a shape that will fit on one's head as a hat. In theory it seemed like a good idea, in practice it was harder than I had hoped. To be honest, without a frame or structure, making a cord have a shape took some time.

Wearing it

On the counter

  • An odd thing here would be that its easier for a low rep user who can get this - any 25K + couldn't Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 8:42
  • 1
    It's true, this hat is geared towards the average user.
    – Travis J
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 9:21
  • 1
    @JourneymanGeek: We need hats for new users too, there are very few that they can earn easily. This is why I wanted to create my own hat for new users.
    – hat
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 5:53
  • How does this hat feel when plugged in?
    – hat
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 8:18
  • Yeah, but, will it connect to my laptop?
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 13:33

A crown made out of popsicle sticks and glue, as requested! I ran out of glue, so I had to cut the project short (I was going to have five logos surrounding the pentagon, but two will have to do.) and tie up the ring with ropes. (Carving holes in them in the right regions for the stand-up poles and for the ropes were hard.)

Equipment involved: Carving knifes, popsicle sticks and glue amounting to a budget of $0.5

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(p.s. I'd be ecstatic if anyone wants to sponsor a dollar or two for more glue and art)

  • Did you colored the sticks?
    – Rafee
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 7:06

Garbage Collector hat



Original intended usage

Update: Refinement 1 !!!

I printed some logos and some "logo"s and glued one onto my "hat". It looks more like a GC now!

Refinement 1

If you like it, you can grab the logo here and print it (Dimensions: 790x332).


In Chinese, because of the (in)famous "National Matriculation Examination" (Chinese: 高考), students in Senior Middle Grade 3 (= United States Grade 12) always have a lot of assignments, most of which are printed papers (instead of well-stamped, published books). Due to the burdening load, assignments on these papers are rarely finished before they ever had a second chance to be reviewed again. This creates a tremendous amount of paper waste, despite the fact that almost every single school uses recycled paper for pointing these materials (white papers are only used to print formal documents). Besides directly throwing away, school guys have various ways to entertain with and utilize these wasted paper, one of which is folding them into paper planes. Well, that's still a waste if they're thown from 6/F and not picked up later. A better way to utilize it is to fold it into throwaway bins, as illustrated by Image #3 above. If you invert it, you get a hat instead :) Very eco-friendly, isn't it?

What about developing?

Feel free to correct any mistakes in this section. I'm not a professional IT worker, just an ordinary student who started learning programming on his own since Winter 2010 (Age 10).

Garbage collector is an important part of many interpreted languages and OOP languages, including C#, Java, Python, Perl, English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian. It keeps the process' usage of memory in a reasonable amount by freeing objects that are not used anymore and finding lost keys for Tim Post. Without GC, a simple iterative program can eat up to 8GB of waffles in six to eight weeks. If that ever happens, you should totally drop the program and use jQuery. It's fast and simple.

Possible way to obtain this "hat"

Garbage Collector I: Raise 5 helpful flags on posts that are later deleted in a single day.

Garbage Collector II (2k): Delete a post from the Low Quality Posts review queue in 5 consecutive days.


If anyone is interested in my handwriting, here's a look:

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Profile for iBug on $tack Overflow


The Crown Hat

Possible awarded for

Win a bounty on a question


Answer a question with 10 or more score

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Materials Required

  1. Paper
  2. Tape

The hat of last minute deployments

Just as my luck is, it was the end of the year, and I was so busy I only saw this post 40 minutes before the deadline. But with still a few minutes left let's try to do something:

This is my nice little gingerbread hat with a stack overflow logo on it:

Gingerbread hat

It's now going into the oven, and let's see if it will be ready to put on a gingerbread man until 8pm!


  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Spices (mainly ginger, cloves and cinnamon)

Aand it's ready, while still 3 minutes to go. It is also delicious:

after baking

And you obtain the hat by doing something at the very-very-very end of the Winter Bash!

  • 2
    I made a pity-upvote, because the gingerbread man is smiling, but looks to be in pain (his feet and hands look burned)... :P
    – code4life
    Commented Dec 23, 2017 at 21:40

Chocolate Hat

The same construction process as I did for The Sweet 2018 Hat.

Bike Hat

How to get it:

Edit a question into shape and be the first to answer it with a score of 2+.

Bike Hat

Other chocolate hats: The Piggy Hat and the Hunter Hat

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The Piggy Hat

Awarded for:

Leaving 10 comments, each upvoted 5+ times.

(Piggies are messy, like leaving a lot of comments, but chocolate is good, as are upvoted/useful comments) The Piggy Hat

The Hunter Hat

Awarded for:

Winning at least one bounty by the end of the year.

The Hunter Hat


Fidgety Some Kind of Spin Thingy

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  • A shipping box that is a little too big for your head
  • Another box to cut the spinner from
  • Kiddy scissors (so you don't cut yourself)
  • Craft glue
  • Foil
  • Masking tape

Suggested triggers:

  • Answering 3 or more questions in 30min, all of them getting a positive score.
  • Start writing an answer to a question, leave, come back to the draft and finish the answer. The answer gets accepted.

Attribution: Thanks to this hat for the name idea

  • 1
    That second trigger would be awesome for a secret hat. Takes a while for the community to figure that one out.
    – Mast
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 21:37
  • 2
    I agree. The reason I like it is because, although it is hard to guess, it is easier to get. Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 22:39

Mother of Work In Progress

Earn 200 reputation on 5 Stack Exchanges with no designs

To make this hat:

Make 15 work in progress hats

Staple then all together in a huge mess.

Cry over the amount of time you just spent for a random internet website

One view

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You're the Chief

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This is a turban that usually chief of rural area used to wear in old times in Rajasthan. Chief are supposed to solve problems of residents and give judgement about the certain disputes.


  • A 1 or 2 meter long piece of cloth. The cloth can be of one or multiple colors to give a shiny look.

  • some clips to keep it tied.

I wrapped it around my brother's head since I didn't have a mannequin and used clips to keep it tied. And the final product is above.

Suggested trigger:

Post a meta answer with +3 votes.

  • Should have added more steps, how to make it step by step.
    – Rafee
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 7:08
  • I might add the step, but I am at work, so can't do that really now.
    – A J
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 12:12

Ninja Turtle

This is the secret Ninja Turtle hat! To get the Ninja Turtle hat, you must find the hidden Chicken.

Here's me wearing it in all its glory:

secret Ninja Turtle hat