This post includes easy step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY paper party hat out of scrapbook paper. Make your party extra special!

I 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.

How to Make a Paper Party Hat

Are you ready to make your paper party hat? Let’s get started!

How to DIY some sweet, paper party hats. Assemble your supplies: glue gun, pompoms, elastic and crepe paper.

Here is what you need:

12×12 scrapbook cardstock
fringed crepe paper in coordinating color
pom poms
elastic cording
hot glue gun
sewing machine

We used a party hat to create a template on the back of adorable scrapbook paper.

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.

Tracing the party hats onto the back of scrapbook paper.

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.

With DIY party hats the patterns and colors are endless. Use any scrapbook paper you have!

Step 2: Cut out the hats.

Once the scrapbook paper is cut, roll it into a cone-shaped hat.

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.

Sew the fringed crepe paper to make the trim on your party hat.

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.

Glue the cute sewn fringe to the edge of your DIY paper party hat.

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

Once your hat is finished, glue a pompom to the top!

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

Secure the elastic to each party hat using a stapler.

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!

These adorable DIY party hats are ready to wear!

Looking darling in her cute diy paper party hat.
Create DIY party hats in all different patterns and colors.

Did you make these? How did they turn out?

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This post includes easy step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY paper party hat out of scrapbook paper. Make your party extra special!

Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
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