Make a circle out of your paper - cut it in half (mine was about 7 inches long). Then put the ends together and make a cone. Tape / staple it shut -- hot glue cute pom pom on top and cut out the year and tape that on!
Fold a single newspaper sheet in half. Fold in each corner on top to meet in the middle. Fold up the bottom edge twice of the side facing you, then flip hat over and repeat on other side.