May 13

Paper Flower Party Hats

by Kathleen Ballos

Who can resist paper flowers? Now that it’s finally spring, I think it would be so much fun to host an April Showers Bring May Flowers party. I love making party hats because when you take a group photograph, the theme of the party is unmistakable – and in this case your guests would look like a bouquet!

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Click through for instructions … 

Supplies: Green cardstock, petal colored cardstock, scissors, pencil, hot glue gun, elastic cord, washi tape (optional).

Step 1: Trace a bowl or other circle onto the green card stock. The bowl pictured has a diameter of 5″.
Step 2: Cut out the circle and cut a slit to the approximate center of the circle.
Step 3: Use the hot glue gun to form the circle into a cone – the paper should overlap about 2 1/2″ inches.
Step 4: Cut a stem and leaf out of the green card stock. The leaf should have a small tab at the end for attaching it to the stem later; you can also crease the leaf lengthwise.
Step 5: Fold a 1/2″ flap at the bottom of the stem and hot glue it next to the tip of the cone – have the stem flap facing the seam of the cone so that your hat will have a nicer front side. Hot glue the leaf tab onto the back of the stem.
Step 6: Cut petals out of card stock. This flower used eight petals 7 1/2″ long with a 1 1/4″ base, but the yellow and pink flowers pictured used six petals 8″ long with a 2 1/4″ base.
Step 7: Hot glue two petals to the underside of the cone, directly across from one another.
Step 8: From there, fill in the two gaps with petals, trying your best to keep the them evenly spaced/overlapped depending on their size.
Step 9: Gently roll the petals to give them a subtle upward curve.
Step 10: Cut a piece of elastic cord and hot glue it to the underside of the cone, keeping in mind the front and back of the flower. Use washi tape over the hot glue if desired. (The cord used was about 18″ long but this may be too long for children.)
Step 11: Repeat for as many hats as required!

Paper Flower Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!Paper Flower Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!

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