{tutorial} a festive party hat

I’m a BIG fan of party hats! I think they are timeless, festive, and so easy to tailor to your party theme. Making them is totally doable, so they are also a great DIY party item! Earlier this week I showed you the cute Halloween party hats I made using the Piggy Bank Parties’ new Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection. Today I’m going to show how easy they are to make yourself!

You will need:

  • scrapbook paper or cardstock in pattern/colors of your choice (1 piece per hat)
  • additional cardstock (1 piece per hat)*
  • spray adhesive*
  • garland
  • foam glitter sheets
  • cake stakes (i.e. cupcake toppers or party circles)
  • ribbon
  • hot glue
  • 2″ circle punch
  • 2 1/2″ cookie cutter or drinking glass

There is a  little asterisk (*) next to a few of the items. Scrapbook paper is not sturdy enough to support the garland and to withstand the use of festive young party goers (at least the ones I know)! But if you happen to fall in love with a pretty patterned scrapbook paper (like I did with this purple gingham) then you will need to attach it to some cardstock. If you find colored or patterned cardstock that you want to use, then you can skip a step.

The first thing you will need to do is cut out your hat. The Piggy Bank Parties’ Lil’ Party Hat Template is very helpful! I printed it out and then used it to cut my paper. Now because the garland takes up some space, I traced my hats a little larger than the template…about 3/4″ to 1″ bigger.

If you are using scrapbook paper for your hats, trace the template onto your cardstock and cut it out. Then use that to cut your scrapbook paper to the same size. Of course if you are using cardstock instead of scrapbook paper, then you will just cut one.

Next, use your spray adhesive to attach your cardstock and scrapbook paper together (again skip this if you aren’t using scrapbook paper). Then roll it into the cone shape. You can use the slit option as shown on the hat template download, or if you prefer to keep it a little more secure, seal the opening with adhesive.

Next use your 2″ circle punch to cut out your Cake Stakes. I wanted to use a circle punch to also cut the foam glitter sheets, but it was too thick for mine. I used a 2 1/2″ cookie cutter to trace the circle and cut it out instead. You can use a small drinking glass for this as well.

Then attach your Cake Stake to your foam circle with hot glue. Use the hot glue to attach the circle to the front of your hat.

Next, cut your garland so that it’s long enough to go around the bottom of your hat and then attach it with hot glue. I found it easiest to glue the middle “seam” of the garland as it was the flattest part.

Cut off a small piece of the garland (about 2″ or so). Place some hot glue on the opening at the top of the hat and a little on one end of the garland. Attach one end of the garland piece to the top of the hat and then fold it over for a nice little pouf shape!

Last, you want to add ribbon straps in order to keep these hats on your guests heads! I made these for my kids, so I used ribbon pieces cut to 14″. Attach the ribbon to the inside of each side of the hat using hot glue. Be sure to center them correctly so the hat will sit straight!

And that’s it! Super easy and super cute!! I loved the purple gingham hats, but I couldn’t resist making an orange one too.

Fun…adorable…festive…and budget friendly! I hope you enjoy making some party hats for your next celebration!!

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  1. Your so-called ‘basic’ party hat may be a simple shape to make, but it can be decorated for any occasion and made as plain or special as your time allows. They can also easily be altered to any size of head; although the basic cone shape is pretty flexible as to who it will fit.

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