How To Make Easy Paper Party Hats
Elevate your party persona with these vibrant and entertaining hats! Constructed from reinforced wrapping paper, this project offers an excellent opportunity to utilize leftover pieces from your Christmas festivities. Decorate them with paper sprays, flags, and charming wool or felt pompoms on top, then add ribbons for a finishing touch.
This creative endeavor is perfect for engaging with kids in the buildup to the New Year, and it's versatile enough to complement various party themes throughout the year.
What You Need To Make Easy Paper Party Hats
- Wrapping paper
- Thin cardstock
- Tracing paper and a pencil
- Cutting mat
- Scoring tool
- Double-sided tape
- Sticky tape or washi tape
- Ribbon or leather twine
- PVA glue and a paintbrush
- Cocktail sticks
- Hot-glue gun
- Peach crêpe paper or streamer
- Wool or felt pompoms
Creating Easy Paper Party Hats
Duplicate the hat template from page 111 (printed at half width) onto tracing paper using a pencil. Transfer the template onto a piece of thin cardstock and onto the reverse side of your chosen wrapping paper. If the paper is sturdy enough, additional cardboard support within the hat may not be necessary.
Indicate a score line to establish a tab on one edge of the hat. Cut out both pieces.
Start Making Our Easy Paper Party Hats
Begin shaping the cardboard into a curved form resembling a hat; this will facilitate the assembly later on.
Cut two strips of double-sided tape, matching the length of the straight edges, and affix them in place.
Stick Together The Main Part Of Our Easy Paper Party Hats
Remove the backing from one strip of tape. Position the wrapping paper over the tape, aligning the two short edges.
Remove the second backing strip, curl the hat into shape, and press the wrapping paper onto the tape. Trim any excess paper.
Finish Making Our Easy Paper Party Hats
Fold along the scored edge to create a tab. Then, apply another piece of double-sided tape along the top side of the tab.
Peel off the backing, curl up the hat, and overlap the two edges to securely adhere the tape underneath the easy paper party hat.
Cut two lengths (250mm or 9 3/4in) of ribbon or twine. Attach each length to the inside of the hat on opposite sides using sticky tape or washi tape.
Decorating the Paper Hat With A Wool or Felt Pompom
Apply hot glue to the pompom using a hot-glue gun to the top of our easy paper party hats.
Affix the pompom to the top of the hat and allow it to dry.
Making Decorations For Our Paper Party Hats
From a 50mm (2in)-wide crêpe paper streamer, cut four lengths of 150mm (6in). Alternatively, use a sheet of crêpe paper to cut four 150 x 50mm (6 x 2in) rectangles.
Cut strips approximately 5mm (1/4in) apart, stopping around 10mm (1/2in) from the top of each of the four lengths. Precise cuts are not necessary.
Finish Making The Decorations For Our Paper Party Hats
Layer the four fringed pieces with their top edges aligned.
Begin rolling the pieces tightly. Hold the top-right edge between your thumb and forefinger, and roll the paper inwards (right to left).
Insert the spray into the top of the easy paper party hat and secure it with sticky tape or PVA glue. Fluff up the paper spray.
Add A Flag To The Top Of Our Easy Paper Party Hats
Trace the small flag outline onto the back of wrapping paper. Cut out the shape.
Position a cocktail stick at the center of the flag and apply glue to the back of the flag. Fold the flag in half over the cocktail stick, pressing to adhere the sides.
Insert the stick into the top of the hat and secure it with sticky tape, ensuring the sharp point is covered.
Crafting Miniature Party Hats
For adorning small Christmas critters, replicate our party hats on a smaller scale. Photocopy the hat template at 10% and trace it onto the back of wrapping paper, then cut it out. Apply glue or a small piece of double-sided tape to one edge, overlap and adhere the sides. Trim the hat to fit your critter. Attach a small pompom with hot glue to the hat's top. Position the tiny hat on your critter or use hot glue to fix it in place.
Cut five 20mm (3/4in) triangles from paper. Apply glue to the back of each triangle and attach a length of twine or embroidery thread. Once dry, tie each end to a bamboo stick, skewer, or paper straw. Trim any excess.
To complete the look, arrange the creatures and bunting on a plain Christmas cake, then dust the cake with icing sugar for a handmade touch.
We hope you have enjoyed making our easy paper party hats. Please leave a comment down below and let us know how you get on.