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How to make your own party hats on the fly

How to make your own party hats on the fly

I had some cardstock left over from my birthday invitations and on my actual birthday I thought I would add something a bit extra that was fun and ties in with my decorations, seeing as we were doing something simple with a few of us at home.  You can make your own pattern from scratch easily enough, but I just wanted to make them in the least amount of time possible and just wanted them in my own cardstock to tie in the themes.

What you need:

  • A template of how you want your party hats to look (I picked mine up from a variety store really cheap)
  • Cardstock
  • String to tie the party hats (I used the ones that were on the hats I bought for the template)
  • A cutting matt or something that will protect the surface area from any scratches
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Eraser/Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Flat surface to work on
  • Craft glue and mini pom poms for step five's additional option

Step one: Choose the cardstock that you want to work with and prep your work area with everything you need.

Step two: Carefully pull apart the party hat you want to use as the template and trace around it on the cardstock you are using. Also, don't throw out the string as you will need it at the end. 

 This is the party hat I chose to use and I really liked that it didn't need any tape or glue to stick it together.

This is the party hat I chose to use and I really liked that it didn't need any tape or glue to stick it together.

Step three: Once you have traced around the template, cut out the outside line using scissors and for the inside lines/curves use a craft knife. 

 Only cut where the pencil lines are on the inside because this creates the flaps you need to put it together. I used a ruler to cut along the straight line with a craft knife and used the craft knife free hand to cut the little curves - be very gentle with this and it's easier to use mainly the tip of the knife to cut.

Only cut where the pencil lines are on the inside because this creates the flaps you need to put it together. I used a ruler to cut along the straight line with a craft knife and used the craft knife free hand to cut the little curves - be very gentle with this and it's easier to use mainly the tip of the knife to cut.

 It should look like this. After cutting I then went back and gently erased all the pencil lines.

It should look like this. After cutting I then went back and gently erased all the pencil lines.

Step four: Now you just have to put the hat together. You insert the flap on one end into the straight line slit on the other end - It will lock together as the ends of the flap has those corners slightly cut (as to why I said to cut where the pencil marks are). With the little curve bits, you tie the string from the original party hats around them so the inside hides the knots (you don't need to tie very hard). Then make sure they sit flat and not folding inwards to keep it neat and secure.

 And now you are done!! Also in this picture you can see more clearly how the string and flap sits on the outside of the hats. I made the blue one for Matt as there is no way he would wear the polka dot versions LOL.

And now you are done!! Also in this picture you can see more clearly how the string and flap sits on the outside of the hats. I made the blue one for Matt as there is no way he would wear the polka dot versions LOL.

Step five: As an additional option you can glue on mini pom poms to the tip of the hat -as you can see below. I had mine spare in my craft boxes, but you can easily buy them from craft stores and in a bigger size too. You just need to squeeze a little bit of craft glue on to one side and stick down - hold until it feels secure. I also used a toothpick to apply the glue instead, as for me, I always prefer to glue most little delicate things like that. Lastly, repeat all steps for each party hat you need to make.

Side note: Because this tutorial was about making them in the quickest way possible, let me know if you would like one on how to make from scratch. Also, putting together the decorations/mini photo wall was really easy and you can source most stuff from variety stores and craft stores.  

be inspired and keep creating...

xo Noskam

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