party hat {tutorial}

They were a hit with the kids {even the birthday girl didn’t mind wearing hers} and very simple to make, so here is a tutorial on these festive paper party hats.


Here’s what you will need:


:: party hat template {download below}

:: decorative paper

:: scissors & glue {I used a hot glue gun}

:: embellishments {pom poms, ric rack, ribbon, hole punch, fabric}

:: elastic

STEP ONE: print and cut out paper hat template {download below}


STEP TWO: trace pattern onto decorative paper


I used scrapbook paper, cardstock and wrapping paper.

STEP THREE: cut out shape


STEP FOUR: *optional* score where the dotted line is on the template


This just makes it easy to fold when you form the cone and adhere.


STEP FIVE: fold a small flap


STEP SIX: add a bead of hot glue to the flap


STEP SEVEN: roll the paper into a cone and glue together.


STEP EIGHT: embellish!


For the tops of my hats I cut apart some pom pom trim I had and hot glued to the top of the hats. I used a leftover ruffle scrap for the birthday girl’s hat, polka dots made out paper for another and ric rack, ribbon and pom pom trim around the base of others.

STEP NINE: add the elastic band


I cut my pieces of thin elastic {from the fabric store} to 15 inches, then hot glued inside the edge of the hat.


Very simple project that makes for a custom decoration and party favor!


I have created a template that you are welcome to use.



51 Responses to party hat {tutorial}

  1. Suzanne Holt December 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    These are SO adorable. How fun for the kids to help make them. Pinned to my “Frugal Fun” board.

  2. dsa February 22, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    thank tou

  3. Carolyn August 26, 2013 at 6:55 am #


  4. Floyd Gary Clyne August 22, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    My wife is loving your sweet little blog – obviously. LIke your color sense.

  5. pennycharla April 7, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    What was the hole punch used for?

  6. Amy A. November 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial and pattern!!! I used it to make the party hat for my daughter’s first birthday: http://amyagimudie.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/gabriellas-1st-birthday-party/

  7. Heather October 2, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I made this for my daughter’s 1st birthday and it was so cute. Thank you.

  8. International Smile Power August 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Brilliant! this is exactly what 90 youth at a juvenile detention center will be making at our next service project social. They will be going to homeless and foster kids so they can celebrate their birthdays in style. Thank you!

  9. Megan January 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial! I couldn’t find a 1st Birthday hat I liked for my daughter, but now I can make her one!

  10. Rachel May 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    These are so cute!! Great for family reunions , birthdays or sleepovers….Thanks so much for making all you do.

  11. Debbie April 11, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! I just came across your blog and I am so glad I did! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing what you have learned along the way!

  12. Amy April 4, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I just glued my first hat together and my daughter is going to be so excited to see these when they are done!

  13. Rochelle February 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    You have such cute and creative ideas! I love it. Making things yourself is so much better than going out and buying the same thing. I am also loving the yellow thing, I guess it means spring fever has hit.

  14. april February 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I found your blog via Holly…and my sister found both of you via me. :) Now, she has Holly lined up to share at mom’s event at her church in April (my sis lives in Houston). Such a small world!

  15. Nicole February 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I can’t wait to make these for a foster child in our home, she has her 1yr birthday coming up, looks easy and affordable, great idea1

  16. Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I loved them when I first saw them, now I am happy to know how to make them for my little ones birthday coming up. Thank you!

  17. Nancy Hood February 25, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Love your site, loved loved this tutorial! I shared it with my readers for Feature Friday! Here’s the shout out address and have a great weekend!


  18. Christine February 25, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Hope you and Holly have a wonderful time!

  19. Krista February 25, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Your tutorial came at just the right time. We have a joint first birthday party for my daughter and five of her friends in three weeks! I’m looking forward to making a bunch of these!

  20. lesli westfall February 25, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Learning to say ‘ya’ll’ is a good thing! this said from a Texas gal!

  21. Windy Veach February 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    wow! I cant wait for the next family birthday party!!! great tutorial! thanks!

  22. Rebecca February 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    oh, i wish i had got this tutorial just a few days earlier! my daughter’s 3rd b-day party is tomorrow, and would have loved to make these! maybe for my next daughter’s 1st b-day coming up soon! thanks for the tutorial!

  23. Tonya February 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Yeah!

  24. Katie Hanchinamani February 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    ooo i am going to make these with your stripy paper for the birth of my twin boys!! :) !! and I am going to use the stripy paper to make favors for the people who come to the hospital!! and i am using the stenciled wallpaper template right now to stencil the inside of their future closet! LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!!

  25. Stephanie February 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Years and years ago, I made party hats for my daughter’s princess birthday party (She’s 17 now). I added a length of tulle to the top point of the hats to hang down – because for some reason, that seemed princess-y to me. lol

  26. Morning T February 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Your hats are precious and great tutorial, as always. You’re going to have such fun with Holly~ she is a doll! I had the opporunity of meeting her last summer during our mini design flea event here in Houston. Tell her ‘hi’ for me and have fun!

  27. Abby Pimentel February 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I just want you to know how much I’ve been thinking about you and Holly and your time together. I’m thrilled that y’all (yes, I’m a displaced Texan!) are having this time together. I am just beginning my journey with my painting business and blog (hence, the blog site still under construction). I discovered you and Holly right about the same time and have latched on to you guys for inspiration and encouragement. I love that you are both my sisters in Christ….the instant bond. May your time together be rich and filled with joys…..both expected and unexpected. Blessings to you with your family and your work.

  28. Shera O February 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    what a CUTE and cheap party idea…perfect since I have 3 girls! ; )

  29. Lynne February 24, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Audrey’s party and favors were so cute… your children will have great memories of your talent and effort to make things special when they grow up! The boys have already grasped the idea of “a special touch” with their creative sign!

    I hope Holly packed a warm coat! It’s pretty chilly here in the Pac N’west today!
    Wow!… two amazing , creative minds together…let the energy fly! Have a wonderful visit! *Lynne*

  30. Dina February 24, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Wow, thank you for the party hat template…you just saved me from making my own while I am birthday party planning for my lil one’s 1st! And I was actually thinking about having some fabric monogrammed and then hot glueing it to the scrapbook paper/cardstock :-)

  31. rachel February 24, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial. Adorable hats!! I can’t wait to see what projects ya’ll do together. I know it will be fabulous!! Have fun!!

  32. Melissa February 24, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing! I had wanted to make hats on NYE but wasn’t sure how. So cute.

  33. Jessamie February 24, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    love the hats, but i KNEW she was coming to visit! I saw her post yesterday and I just had a feeling! I can’t wait to see what yall come up with! have fun!

  34. janae February 24, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    love this! have fun w holly!

  35. Andrea February 24, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Another great tutorial from you. Hope you and Holly have a great time. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.


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