When my son was born, we planned a birth
party for him. Actually the party was an activity to keep my older
daughter happy and busy. At the last minute she realized we didn't have
hats for the party. We made simple cone hats and decorated them. My son is
now two, and she still thinks these are the best party hats we've ever
Paper (12"x18 is best)
Decorations (see ideas below)
Use the 12" side as the
height and the 18" to go around the head. To make the
cone shape, draw a wide triangle, then change the bottom from a
straight line to a curved shape.
You may want to experiment using
newspaper to get the shape right.
Use whatever craft material you have on hand
for the children to decorate the party hats.
While the party hats are drying, put a line of
white glue down one side of the triangle. Then rolled it into a cone
shape. Use a paper clip on the top and bottom to hold it together
until the glue dries.
Follow the idea for Sombrero Hats but create
Push a bit more paper up in the center before
winding the masking tape. Use scissors to cut the brim to create
a Top Hat shape.
Similar to a Top Hat, you could make a Stetson
Hat. After cutting the brim, use gently pressure to create the
crease in the center of the top. Use glue or tape to bring up
the sides of the brim.
If you don't want to paint your party hat, use colored
tissue paper to create your hat.
Here's a tip from on of our visitors.
"We had a great time making the paper hats. We made a cowboy hat for the boys and English Ladies hats for the girls and used ribbons and paper flowers to decorate them.
Also, coated the final hat with a thin layer of white glue mixed with water - it makes the hat a little more durable and gives it a slightly shiny finish."
Send in your ideas for different variations. Let us
know if your kids have fun making their own party hats using the ideas in
this activity. Send us a note if you have any
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