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3 Layer Cake Party Hat

Party hats are just so festive and fun; we like to include them whenever we throw a party. But because beautiful party hats are hard to find, most of the time we make our own out of cardstock (basic tutorial here.) This 3-Layer cake party hat is sure to please and is simple to make with materials you probably have at home now. (Click through for full instructions below.)


Materials: Paper plates, colorful card stock, thick ribbon, thin elastic cording, quick dry glue, something to trace circles from (we used a roll of masking tape), x-acto knife, ruler, pencil, scissors, tape

Step 1: Cut out three circles for the tops of each cake layer. For the first layer, simply cut out the inside circle portion of the paper plate. For the next layer, trace the outside of the masking tape onto a paper plate and cut it out. For the top layer, trace the inside of the masking tape onto the plate and cut it out.
Step 2: Cut out the sides for each layer of cake by measuring and cutting several strips of cardstock that are three inches wide.
Step 3: Determine the length you will need for each layer by holding the strips against each paper circle. (For the larger layers you will probably need to tape a couple of strips together to get enough length). After determining the length you will need, tape the ends together, creating a loop. Glue each loop down to the paper plate circles and let dry.
Step 4: Glue each layer together and then glue the whole cake onto another paper plate. Let it dry.
Step 5: Cut a long piece of ribbon and tie it into a big bow. Glue the bow to the top of the cake.
Step 6: Poke two small holes into the sides of the plate using the x-acto blade, and tie the elastic in place.


Photography by  Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Coordinated by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood
Assisted by Harper Casimiro

  1. Dorothée Ossart

    March 4, 2013

    So funny ! :)

  2. Cinthya

    March 4, 2013

    This is so cool!

    I’ll definitely do this for my 30th b-day!

  3. Infinita

    March 4, 2013

    Very good idea! I’ll love use it in a photocall!

  4. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    March 4, 2013

    Wow. This is epic. Would be great in different co.ours. Or with glitter (!)

    X Elena @ Randomly Happy

  5. Nodbon {Ana}

    March 4, 2013

    Really creative! And with easy to find materials. Would also look very cute for kids party, or totally positively crazy in white for a funny wedding photobooth.
    Best Regards,

  6. Elba :: Live Colorful

    March 4, 2013

    I want this for my birthday!

  7. Chianne Hood

    March 4, 2013

    This is such a neat idea! I’m going to have to try it out at the next party I have! xx

  8. Mags @ From the Mind of Mags

    March 4, 2013

    haha is cute! so funny.


  9. Sparkle and CO

    March 4, 2013

    Thank you for sharing!

  10. @soynuriaperez

    March 4, 2013

    I have to try this with my girls. They are gonna love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lisa | Happy By

    March 4, 2013

    Handing this to your guest makes fun a fact! Such a lovely idea Jordan :)

  12. Lila Smyth

    March 4, 2013

    Too cute. Love that you make your own. It is crazy challenging to find cute ones anywhere…

  13. Lauren

    March 4, 2013

    Digging the wallpaper in the background – did you make that yourself? Or purchase somewhere else?

  14. Ania @ 2 Love Birds Blog

    March 4, 2013

    Awesome! This made me lough! Really needed it today! Thank you!

  15. Bethany

    March 4, 2013

    I am going to have a party just so I can have an excuse to wear this.

  16. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    March 5, 2013

    absolutely adorable!

  17. Erin Phraner

    March 5, 2013

    Obsessed, obsessed, obsessed with these!! They’re everything I could ever dream of and more—will definitely need to throw a party expressly for the purpose of making/wearing these hats. You’re the most brilliant, as usually :)

  18. Nikki

    March 6, 2013

    I guess you coudl cut a circle in the bottomg plate so it sits on your head a bit more securely – that might work?

  19. Lynne

    March 6, 2013

    Your adorable model looks like Audrey Tautou!

  20. Sally

    March 12, 2013

    I love this!!!

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