Birthday Party Hats

posted on March 3, 2014 by  |  posted under Birthdays  |  34 Comments

DIY Party Hats

Party Hats for Kids Theme Parties

It’s party planning season around my house, and my kids theme parties have been on my mind. I decided that using spongebob party hats (or something similar) simply won’t do.  I pulled out my scrapbook paper and got to work {speaking of which, NOW is the time to stock up on Scrapbook Paper. You won’t find a better price. Whoo hoo Paper Packs!!! }.

DIY Party HatsI started by undoing the scary spongebob hat and traced it on my cutesy paper.  This totally works, but it was a bit tedious.  The brilliant thought came to me (mid-project) that Silhouette might have a downloadable party hat.  Of course,..they did! On my second hat, I put my Silhouette to work.  So much easier…

DIY Party HatsIf you use the tracing method, just glue the back of the cone together.  If you are lucky enough to use a silhouette, it has a cutout and insert portion to hold the hat together.

DIY Party HatsNow for the fun part!  For customizing kids theme parties, grab coordinating trim, fluff, whatever you can think of to fit the theme!DIY Party HatsIf you’d like to use corkscrew ‘firecracker’ ribbon for the top, grab a dowel and wrap grosgrain ribbon around it.  Use clothes pins to secure each end, and spray a little starch on the ribbon.  Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for approx. 20 min.DIY Party HatsThen I hand-cut a perfect number 4!  Ha!  Ya right!  Used the Silhouette for that one too! 😉

DIY Party HatsThese hats were made especially for two adorable little girls that are having a joint 4th Rainbow Birthday Party this month.  Kids Theme Parties are so much fun! {We can’t wait to see the pictures Missy}.

DIY Party HatsThese would surely make the birthday child feel that much more special on their big day!  Heck I’d even wear one of these fancy shmancy party hats!   These easy party hats would be the perfect addition to all the fun kids theme parties I know you’ll be throwing this summer! 😉

DIY Party HatsIt wouldn’t be too hard to whip out several hats as gift favors to take home!

You’ll pay a pretty price on Etsy to buy similar ’boutique’ party hats. No need. Totally doable and totally adorable.

DIY Party Hats

    1. March 29th, 2010 at 6:58 am
      Brittaney says:
      Cute idea! I'll definately have to try it. Does the paper need to be 12" x 12" or can it be another size?
      • March 29th, 2010 at 7:01 am
        Shelley says:
        It depends on the size of your hat. A smaller hat (like I did) will fit on an 8.5 x 11. For larger party hats,'ll definitely need the 12x12.
    2. March 29th, 2010 at 7:09 am
      Kim says:
      These turned out so adorable! Thanks for the ribbon trick!

      Kim @
      party inspiration
    3. March 29th, 2010 at 9:58 am
      Terri says:
      Love it!!
    4. March 29th, 2010 at 10:10 am
      erin@tinytwistcreative says:
      Love these, they are unique and lovely. I'm bookmarking this idea for my sweetie's bday.
    5. March 29th, 2010 at 12:18 pm
      Penny says:
      So cute!
    6. March 29th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
      Kalli Collins says:
      How do we get the free shipping from JoAnns?
      • March 29th, 2010 at 2:26 pm
        Shelley says:
        Use the link above. Any scrapbooking item in your 'cart' should ship for free using this link. If you have any issues, the customer service # at Hope that helps! :)
    7. March 29th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
      jen d says:
      Very Cute idea, I'm thinking these could be cute party "goody bag" cones too.
    8. March 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm
      Alice says:
      This is great. Thanks so much for sharing.
    9. March 30th, 2010 at 6:54 am
      shelly (cookies and cups) says:
      How cute! I have never thought about making these :)
    10. March 30th, 2010 at 7:29 pm
      Cap Creations says:
      These are great! Love them, great job!
    11. April 3rd, 2010 at 1:46 am
      Nancy Pfeifer says:
      These hats are absolutely adorable! I love to make party hats and sell them on fun!!!! I just found your site for the first time tonight....where have I been? LOL!!!
    12. April 22nd, 2010 at 12:06 am says:
      Hi there! I found you through the UBP and now I'm back looking around. You have such a GREAT blog with so many great posts.

      I love this idea!!! These hats look FANTASTIC! I have a great idea for making birthday plates. Come check it out.

      Rachymommy -
    13. June 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am
      Jen says:
      Birthday hats are a terrific idea for a kid's birthday party. Kids always seem to have more fun when you take the time to put a little effort into it by doing things like this.

      Hats are good but stay away from the noisemakers. --- Yikes.
      .-= Jen´s last blog ..A First Birthday Party =-.
    14. July 19th, 2010 at 1:03 pm
      joyfulmama says:
      Hi there! Thanks for a great tutorial. My son is truning one this week and I made some cute party hats, too! Will be posting about it later this week, but in the meantime would like to ask permission to use your second last picture on my blog with a link back here. I am working on a post with links to good tutorials for home-made party ideas. Thanks in advance!
      • July 19th, 2010 at 1:05 pm
        Shelley says:
        Of course! :) Thanks for asking. Can't wait to see it all done. :)
    15. July 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
      Karen S says:

      Thanks for the great ideas. I bought a Silhouette this week thanks to all of your raves. Where did you find the party hat template? Was it at their store or somewhere else online? I've been searching, but can't find one. (It's for my daughter's first birthday.)
      • July 30th, 2010 at 11:23 pm
        Shelley says:
        I bought it from their online store. I think it was a 99 cent download template. Let me see if I can find a link for you...
        • February 3rd, 2011 at 9:54 am
          Michelle W says:
          Did you ever find a link for the template? I love this idea!
        • October 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
          Gina S says:
          I'm trying to find the hat on my silhouette as well. I downloaded a green template for .99, but the cutouts don't fit well at all. I did see a Little Miss template that looks more like yours but it's $1.99 and I'd hate to download it if it doesn't work either. Thanks in advance!
          • October 5th, 2011 at 7:39 pm
            Shelley says:
            I just used a hat from the dollar store. I took it apart and traced it on the scrapbook paper. I'm surprised Silhouette's download isn't great. :( Try the dollar store. ;) Best of luck...
    16. August 10th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
      Flavia Alvarez says:
      Hi Shelley,

      I've been attempting to create my own party hats from a target party hat template and have been unsuccessful so far.
      I just found your link and wanted to know if you could advise what you used to glue them together and how you went about doing so. I tried a glue gun and glue stick, but can't get the seam to close nicely.
      I was SO happy to come across your Sweet Shoppe post. It is beautiful!
      I've been planning my daughters ice cream parlor party for the past 3 months inspired by Eat Chic Drink as well and now I am beyond inspired by your party. Thanks for sharing!
      • August 12th, 2010 at 5:56 pm
        Shelley says:
        I'm so sorry it took me a bit to respond to this. I've been on vacation with my family.... I just used clear tape (on the inside of the hat.) I don't think my hats were perfect at the seam. But, really, no one looks at the back. :) Once the hat is on your birthday girl/boy, all eyes are on their cute face and FRONT of the hat. :) Try your best to line it up, but I wouldn't sweat it too much. Hope that helps. :) PICTURES PLEASE?! :)
        • August 13th, 2010 at 6:48 pm
          Flavia Alvarez says:
          Thanks so much Shelley, I can be a little bit of a perfectionist at times, LOL :)
          Will send photos after the party.
          Thanks again!
    17. February 2nd, 2011 at 7:02 am
      fitness girl says:
      Nice and cute...
    18. February 9th, 2011 at 6:42 am
      Elsie says:
      These hats look so bright and cheerful. A few years ago I also used a bought hat as a template and traced the outlines on paper but then decided to scan it.

      I saved the scanned image as a .jpeg file, then traced the outlines in a graphics program and saved this image as a .png file. Now, whenever I have to make party hats, I just open the file in Photoshop and fill the inside of the template with colour or add a "paper" background to it. I then decorate it further with clip art images that suit the party theme. The new hat template is then saved again and then you can print out as many as you need.
    19. July 14th, 2011 at 10:19 pm
      Deebi27 says:
      I think I will make 2 up for my classroom...OK I will make 17 up for each child and one for my co teacher...I won't put her birthday # on it or will I?
    20. February 15th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
      kristi says:
      idk if it's just my laptop or not, but i can't open the silhouette. It says the resource cannot be found.
    21. June 18th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
      Ty says:
      what kind of scrapbook paper did you use?
    22. August 3rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm
      Pamela says:
      how do i order? x
    23. July 30th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
      melba says:
      i would like to know the mesaurements on how did you cut the hat on the silhouette.
    24. March 4th, 2014 at 11:30 pm
      mi mcclain says:
      The ball fringe on these make them so cute! Love it. And thanks for the ribbon trick,
    25. April 28th, 2014 at 4:37 pm
      Mary Jo says:
      Love the party hats! I just downloaded the Silhouette template and noticed there are no side holes in the template. How did you do yours? It would be so easy to cut tiny holes with the Silhouette once you have them lined up correctly. Thanks!
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