Super easy, DIY party hats made from scrapbook paper to match any party theme!
As I was planning Emi’s Young, Wild, and Three virtual birthday party this year I wanted something thematic I could mail to the guests to help make it feel like we were all together and physically at the same party, despite being far apart.
I settled on these animal print party hats. I was just going to buy them but couldn’t find anything anywhere for a good price with quality animal prints so I started looking into DIY options and settled on these which are made from a 12×12 scrapbook pad from Michael’s. Since scrapbook paper comes in all designs, colors, themes, and styles you can definitely find something to match your party.
DIY Party Hats
- 12 x 12 scrapbook paper pad
- Scotch Tape
- Elastic/Yarn/String for chin strap
- Yarn for Pom Poms
- Pom Pom Maker
- 12″ diameter bowl
1. Choose your paper
I loved the paper I found for these DIY Party Hats because they just scream “party animal”! I especially love the Metallic Gold details that make them just a little fancy. There were some prints that I didn’t want to use, like the snakeskin and bear fur, because Emi’s party is more of a jungle/safari theme. But I also didn’t need that many hats so it was okay.
I ended up with 11 patterns I liked, 2 sheets each. This will make a total of 44 hats!
2. Make a Circle & cut in half
The best way I found to make a cone party hat was to start with a large circle, as large as you can get. We had a bowl that had a 12″ diameter and just barely fit on the scrapbook paper. This was good because I didn’t want to waste any more than I had to.
Trace the circumference of the bowl on the back (blank white side) of your paper and then cut out the circle.
I experimented with a couple different tutorials, some said just to cut a small wedge out of the circle, others cut a wedge just under half and used that for their hat, the smaller the fraction the smaller the base of your hat will be.
I decided to cut my circles in half exactly! It makes a good size base, not too wide, not too narrow. Plus I can make twice the hats and there isn’t much measuring required.
3. Roll into cone shape
Once you’ve got your half circle simply connect the two ends and fold over until the rim of the hat takes shape and evens out. Tape on the inside leaving some room towards the top to thread your pom pom strings through.
4. make and attach your pom-poms
Pom poms are super easy to make but if you’re not sure how or don’t have the slick pom-pom makers I borrowed from my sister-in-law, here’s a tutorial that shows a few ways to make a pom-pom.
Make sure you leave a long tail on your tie off so it’s easy to attach to your hat.
At the point your DIY party hat should have the inside flap taped down and the other end open, simply thread the pom-pom strings down through the center of your hat and tape each end to a different side to help hold it in place.
Finally, tape the outside flap down to finish off your hat.
5. attach chin strAP
If you want your hat to stay on, you’re going to need a chin strap. I used this pony bead lacing from Michale’s, mostly because I was there and didn’t want to have to order something that would take a few days to arrive. It has a little bit of stretch but if I could do it again I’d definitely order something like this elastic cord.
To attach my chin strap I punched two holes on either side of my hat, looped the elastic through, and tied a loop back to itself. I did this to try and alleviate some pressure on the paper. Then I put the hat on and measured to get the right length. I then cut and tied the other side of the strap.
With a better elastic I could probably have standardized the chin strap length but because mine didn’t have a lot of stretch I had to measure each hat for the person who would be wearing it.
bonus mini party hats
I followed the exact same steps to make these mini party hats for Emi’s plastic animals. The plan right now is to use at least some of these animals as cake toppers wearing their party hats!
The only difference was I used mini pom-poms from a set like this and glued them on the top of the hats.
Aren’t they so cute! Now you can make party hats for absolutely anyone and match them for any theme!
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