March is birthday month in Casa de Dorobek! For the past 3 years we’ve celebrated both of kiddos birthday with a joint backyard birthday party. This year Mila has requested her own birthday party. She’s turning 4 and declared she wants a pink birthday with flowers, balloons and DIY party hats.
What you need to make DIY party hats
Tuesday Morning is my one stop shop for all things craft. I picked up a few giant pads of scrapbooks paper, tons of yarn, a pom pom maker, and a tape runner in one quick trip. I craft for a living, so I already own a few hot glue guns. But, my Tuesday Morning store had my favorite Elmer’s hot glue gun for $4.99!
- 1 peice of scrapbook paper per hat
- Pom pom maker
- Double sided tape
- Hot glue gun
- Thin elastic (usually called beading elastic cord)
- Party hat template (See below)
How to make a birthday party hat
I let Mila pick out 10 pieces of scrapbook paper to make 10 party hats. It is no surprise she picked pink plaid, pink flowers, multi color flowers, and my favorite, llamas!
Step 1- Print out and cut template
To download the free printable party hat template, just enter your name and email address below and the free file will be delivered to your inbox. I’d recommend printing it on card stock and then, cutting around the outline of the party hat template to use a stencil.
Step 2- Cut out party hats
Place the party hat template you made in step 1 on top of a peice of scrapbook paper. Use a pencil to trace around the template. If the peice of paper has a large pattern, pay attention to where the template is placed on the paper. For instance, I had a llama hat and I wanted to make sure one full llamas was placed in the center of the party hat. Once the template it traced on the scrap book paper, use scissors to cut out the shape.
Step 3- Form the party hats
I love tape runners, but you could easily use a stapler in place of a tape runner. Roll the tape runner on one end of the DIY party hats and the roll the party hat into shape. hold the seam together for a few seconds to ensure the har keeps its cone shape.
Step 4- Make & hot glue pom poms
Use the instructions from the pom pom maker to make 1 pom pom per party hat. For the record, a pom pom maker is not necessary. You can absolutely make pom poms without a plastic pom pom maker. The tool gives the yarn an easy place to go and makes the poms more uniform in size and shape. Then, heat up the hot glue gun and glue a pom pom onto the point of the hat.
Step 5- Staple elastic cord
I made the mistake of not using elastic cord the first time around. All elastic is no the same, look for elastic cord for this project. Cut a peice about 16inches long and staple it from one side of the party hat to the other.
Have you ever made party hats? Used a pom pom maker? I’d love to hear…