things I made
I love making party hats. I usually make my own because it is surprisingly hard to find party hats in normal colors. If I do happen to find them in the colors I like then I still spruce them up with my own fringe or flowers. Sometimes though I do prefer them plain like this one I put on Roman. I did a post on this a few years ago (here + here) but it is high time for an update.
Downloadable Hat Template Click here to download.
Heavy Paper (like poster board or cardstock)
Crepe Paper (or you can also use tissue paper for the big flowers)
String (or wire)
Basic Party Hat Instructions
Step 1: Download hat pdf right here. Print, then cut out the template. Take the hat template and trace it onto the heavy paper.
Step 2: Cut out the traced party hat.
Step 3: Put the tab into the slot.
Step 4: On each side of the hat make criss crossed cuts with your x-acto knife.
Step 5: Push the ribbon through each hole (I use my x-acto to do this) and tie a knot to hold it.
That is how to make a basic hat. For more of the details see below.
Once you have your hat then it’s time for the fun part: Embellishment! The fringe and ball are very easy to make, it is basically a version of the streamers (more detailed instructions over here. Here is how to do it.
Step 1. Cut a 1″ piece of Crepe paper.
Step 2. Cut evenly spaced fringe on each side of the 1″ piece.
Step 3. Ruffle and scrunch with your fingers then unroll the fringe.
Step 4. Take the fringe doubling or tripling it up and then staple it to the edge of your hat. (You can bend the fringe to cover the staple.)
Step 5. To make the fringey ball on top, take a section of fringe and roll it up. Then secure it tightly with string in the middle, leaving long tails of string.
Step 6. Separate each side of the fringe and poof it up until it is a little ball.
Step 7. Put the string through the hole at the top of the hat and secure the tails with a piece of tape on the inside.
Step 8. Et voila! You have a party hat!
There are other ways I decorate the hats. But they are all more or less versions of the two techniques above. I like to decorate each one differently.
They take a little bit of time to make but afterward you can keep them and bust them out for any party to make it extra festive. Happy Partying! (ps: I think this is pretty straightforward but I’ll try to answer any questions in the comments below.)
For the last 3.5 years we lived in a one-bedroom apartment on Nob Hill in San Francisco. We had both of our babies there and we lived happily in our cozy little apartment. While I am a big believer in living in small, edited spaces we probably would have moved out a little sooner if it weren’t for the mountain of medical bills we had last year. Our closet set up worked great but of course I’d rather have a sun drenched nursery.
The crib was basically an Ikea Hack. I bought a crib used off Craigslist and then asked a woodworker friend (Jared Rusten) to help me come up with something. He secured the bed like a large shelf. The front of the crib lifts up and rolls over the top so you can take the baby in and out. We made sure the mattresses fit snugly. Of course there are all kinds of regulations when it comes to babies sleeping situations–so do so at your own risk!
Crib and Toddler Bed Custom made / Striped bedding from Ikea / Crib Quilt was handmade with Japanese fabric from Purl Soho / Light fixture from Alameda Flea Market (but they sell one like here at Target.) It’s Beautiful Here Coat Rack by Heath Nash.
I did this little craft with Moses this weekend. (It was mostly me, although he was into “helping” quite a bit.) We just made little hearts out of Sculpey or Fimo (the dough that hardens when you bake it–just get it from any craft store.) Then we made holes through the dough with a needle and baked them. We made a chain with it and hung it from our window. We also made little bracelets. I think the bracelets would be a cute classmate Valentine for when they get older.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Since Paul already has an art studio I’ve been able to justify keeping my press for just personal use and an occasional side project. But I’m really excited to announce that with my partner Alexis, we are now accepting letterpress jobs. I will do most of the design work and Alexis will do the printing in our studio in San Francisco.
We specialize in details like individual watercoloring, custom diecuts, hand painted edging, and dip dyed paper. Here are some of the cards we recently printed.
For Jenny’s cards we did a two color card. One was a blind deboss and then the other was a navy. We also hand painted the edges a pretty persimmon red. (These were laid out by Jenny’s designer.)
These are the cards we made for Aubrey last year. We printed them without ink as a blind deboss and then individually water colored each one by hand.
These cards were designed by Nicole and were printed on a super heavy duplex stock. They are printed with three colors and are two sided. (The back side is solid stripes.)
These cards we designed and printed on chipboard then hand painted the edges fluorescent pink and red. The chipboard has flecks of gold in it and is really really pretty.
These we designed and printed for my sister-in-law, Liz. They are two color and I surprised her with them at Alt. It’s payment for making me cookies.
If you need business cards printed or designed we are open for business! Our basic rates are right here. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also doing a wedding invitation line that will launch in a month or two. (If you are a bride and interested in lots of handmade details like favors and menus, email us with your wedding date and the number of invitations needed.) email@example.com
On New Years Day we threw a fondue party for all our friends. We did it like an open house from 12-6pm so people could drop in whenever they wanted. I had never thrown a party like that and I’m a solid convert. We got a chance to have a good talk with everyone that stopped by. That usually doesn’t happen when you just do a party for a couple hours.
It was a super easy party to put together. I bought all the cheese and veggies a day or two before then went to a bakery the morning of to get really fresh bread. I pre shredded the cheese the evening before and bagged them separately so every time I made a new pot of fondue I just had to empty the bag of cheese in. We had fun drinks and snacks around the whole time and then cooked a pot of cheese every hour and a half. We have two fondue pots so that made it a little easier to rotate out the clean one.
People streamed in and out. Some stopped in really quick, some stayed for several hours. It was fantastic and really low pressure. I’m totally doing this again. Plus melted cheese is the perfect way to start the year off right. My favorite fondue recipe is this one.