Morning! One of the projects that I entered in this month's Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest were these party hats that I made for my daughter's birthday party next weekend. When I saw the birthday set It's a Celebration, I thought it would be so much fun to come up with some type of party hat. I designed my party hats first using plain paper and then set about making all the party hats. I stamped my patterned paper using the stamp set for some of the hats and used the Pink Patterns paper for some others. I have a tutorial below to teach you how to make the party hats, but I want to share the stamped patterned paper hats first.
I love the colors aqua mist and berry sorbet together and used them on a couple of my party hat designs. For this first hat, I used the present and bow stamps from It's a Celebration to make my patterned paper.
I used berry sorbet and aqua mist again on this party hat design. For this hat, I used the cupcake stamps from It's a Celebration.
I also needed a couple boy party hats. So, I used the party hat and topper from It's a Celebration and aqua mist and water lily green ink to make this design.
This is the last design that I created with stamping. I used the Boxes, Bags, and Tags stamp set with berry sorbet and sweet blush ink.
Party Hat Tutorial
Okay, now for the tutorial. These party hats are really easy to make, especially after you've made the first one.
First, draw a large circle on a piece of 12x12 cardstock. If you are using a patterned paper, draw the circle on the back of the paper. I used the largest pan lid I could find in my kitchen and traced around it to make my circles.
Cut the circle out. Then, divide your circle into quarters. I used my glass mat to center the circle and that made finding the center lines easier. (Mine is even quarters, but the photo seems to be at a strange angle.) If you are stamping your patterned paper, now is when you want to stamp the other side (on the side with no pencil lines).
Cut your circle in half. You will have two party hats from each circle. You can set one aside for now.
Use a 3/4 inch punch to cut a semi circle out of the center of your hat (this is why we marked the circle both ways before).
Put a piece of double sided tape on one side of the semi circle. I'm not sure if you can see it well in this photo, but there is double sided tape on the right side.
Tape the hat together by overlapping the taped side over the other side.
Now, punch an 1/8 inch hole on both sides of the party hat about a 1/2 inch up. Make sure the seam where you taped you hat together is in the back.
Cut two pieces of ribbon 18 inches long. Knot the ends like this. I double knotted mine just to make sure they were larger than the holes.
Thread one ribbon through each hole in your party hat Now, you will be able to tie the hat when it comes time to wear them. Eighteen inches seems really long, but 12 inches was not near long enough for my 2 and 4 year olds. (They were my guinea pigs when designing the hats. )
Now, cut three pieces of ribbon 4 inches long. Arrange them crossed over like this.
Then, fold them in half.
Tape the end like this to make your tassel.
Thread the tassel up through the inside of the party hat.
Once you have the tassel pulled through, trim the ends of your ribbon.
Now, you have a finished party hat. The process goes very quickly once you have made the first one. If you do each step at the same time for multiple hats, you will have lots of hats in very little time.
I made two each of these six designs. The thing that took the longest time was stamping the 4 different patterned papers for the 4 designs I created. The patterned paper hats were easy to make very quickly.
If you make a party hat, I would love to see it! Please let me know!
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