How to Make a Paper Party Hat

How to Make a Paper Party Hat SquareI think I might be addicted to scrapbook paper.

I’ve never made a single scrapbook but that pretty paper is just so darn useful.  I want to use it for everything.  I don’t think I could throw a party without it.

Last August I made these paper party hats for Maggie’s Crafty Pool Party, (along with about a billion other craft projects, mostly made from scrapbook paper.)

The hats turned out super cute and since then, I have had lots of people ask me how to make them.  So today, since I decided to make some new ones for Trouble’s upcoming Sweet Shop Party, I thought I’d do a little paper party hat tutorial.

They are a little labor intensive, compared to just buying a pack of hats at the party store, but so worth the effort.  Not only are they fabulous, you can completely customize them to match your decor, especially if you are making paper garlands too.

Here is what you need:
12×12 scrapbook cardstock
fringed crepe paper in coordinating color
pom poms
elastic cording
hot glue gun
sewing machine

Step 1:  Use an old paper party hat as a template.  Carefully flatten it out and then trace it on the back of the scrapbook paper.  You will need one sheet of paper per hat, but you can save the leftover paper for other party crafts.

Maggie really wanted to help me with this project, but in all honesty, there wasn’t a lot for a four-year-old to help with.  Luckily she thought tracing the hat was so much fun that decided to create her own little project.

Step 2: Cut out the hats.

Step 3: Curl up the hats to make a cone shape.  Put one staple at the bottom to hold it in place.  Use a hot glue gun or scotch tape to secure the seam.

Step 4: Fold your crepe paper in half lengthwise, then sew it in place the entire length of the crepe paper.  If you can’t find the fringed crepe paper, you can use regular paper and fringe it yourself, but wait until after you sew it.

Step 5: Use hot glue gun to glue crepe paper to inside of hat along the bottom of cone.  Trim excess.

Step 6: Use dot of hot glue to glue pom pom to top of cone.

Step 7: Cut a length of elastic cord long enough to fit hat on child, plus an extra 2 inches.  Tie a knot at each end of cord, then staple in place on hat and you’re done!

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  • Crystal April 26,

    Hi Ruth!
    I must say I discovered your blog about a week ago and I am hooked. You are so real and when I look at my very new (and small) stockpile I think of you. Thanks for giving this Momma a fun place to get ideas and inspiration.
    Crystal :-)

  • michelle April 27,

    These are adorable! So personal! Love!

  • Yvette W. April 27,

    I Love this idea! I probably will be doing this for my daughters 3rd birthday party. So totally cute!

  • Crystal L. (Crafting & Rambling) April 27,

    What do I think? I think once again I’m impressed with your fabulosity!! :)

  • Denise April 27,

    Those are so cute!

  • Running Mama April 27,

    I love how creative you are and organized when it comes to throwing a party. I’ve been that girl before, but not consistantly. I LOVE me some scrapbook paper and I’m like you, I use it for everything but scrapbooking. :) I SO wish we could hang out and craft together. Ruth, I have an idea…move your business/life/family to Phoenix….k? :) Pretty please.

  • Patricia April 28,

    Cute idea!!

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