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Party Hats DIY + Template

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)
X-acto Knife

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.

Embellishment Instructions
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.)


    February 17, 2011

    Love! I use this same idea for popcorn cones for certain parties. Different patterned paper for them all and voila! You have yourself and cute throw away for popcorn…needless to say I loved the same idea for the hats. Thanks!

  2. I Dream Of

    February 17, 2011

    Such happy hats! Thanks for showing us how to. Makes me want to throw a party!

  3. Wonderland

    February 17, 2011

    Love them! Thank you so much for this idea.
    Have a great day!

  4. Lindelle

    February 17, 2011

    Love them!!

    This is extremely timely since my nephew's birthday is just around the corner. Heck, I'd make them for my own party!

  5. She Can't Decide

    February 17, 2011

    oh these are so cheerful! They remind me of those cute little girls in the lullaby league in the Wizard of Oz.

  6. Julia | Room for Dessert

    February 17, 2011

    Great tutorials!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  7. Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair

    February 17, 2011

    Thank you for posting this! Its so fab! Rachie xo

  8. Deb @ PaperTurtle

    February 17, 2011

    SUPER CUTE!!! Thanks for the great tutorial! xo

  9. rebecca

    February 17, 2011

    these hats are just so colorful! thanks for the instructions!

  10. elizabeth / sophisticated pie

    February 17, 2011

    Jordan, you are totally the master of creative party elements like this. I love this post! Those streamers (and possibly the hats) are a definite must try for me. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  11. Nome Alone

    February 17, 2011

    I need more arts and crafts in my life, thank you!

  12. gball93

    February 18, 2011

    these hats are the most beautiful things I've seen this week! Make me happy. Thanks!

    (sorry I accidentally deleted my former comment)

  13. Alexandra

    February 18, 2011

    These hats are great! I love the simplicity in the design. I am already trying to think up an excuse to make them….My family and I all have winter birthdays.

  14. Monica Bremer

    February 18, 2011

    These are awesome! My daughter's excited to make hats like those. Maybe we can some glitters for the girls'. The whole ballroom will be filled with little kids and we're ready for the cakes, too. Even my sisters from Denver will be there. Thanks for sharing this!

  15. chennai

    February 18, 2011

    I liked this content/ article. I would certainly recommend the same to others as well.


    February 18, 2011

    These colors are making me drool all over my laptop! They happily remind me of rainbow sherbet… AND got my head spinning with Easter thoughts. Thanks for the bite of inspiration. I was hungry!

  17. Carlie

    February 18, 2011

    What a useful an entirely stunning (and yet approachable) tutorial! Thank you so much. My son has a birthday in April and these will be great fun to make together!

  18. Hannah

    February 18, 2011

    What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing!

  19. Tuesday

    February 18, 2011

    I would love to make these for my boyfriends 28th, He may not be so keen, Love them though Thanks!

  20. Rachael

    February 18, 2011

    Thank you so much for this post! I love these. And thank you for the link to Roman's birthday photo – he is just adorable!

  21. Lisette

    February 18, 2011

    You inspired me to make these cards:



  22. {éclat} event design

    February 19, 2011

    Love, love, love this!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  23. zhing

    February 21, 2011

    i love the colours! and amazed at how gorgeous the pictures of your tutorials look! 🙂

    thanks! 🙂


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  25. Mrs. Webster

    March 4, 2011

    Thanks for the template and ideas! I just made one for my daughter's first birthday. You can check it out here:

  26. crystal b.

    March 9, 2011

    Can I tell you how much I just love your blog! I am so hoping to purchase one of your husband's beautiful pieces of art one of these days. Love these party hats! Can't wait to make them.

    crystal b

  27. Krista Cheatham

    March 17, 2011

    Thank you so much. I'm planning my daughters first birthday party, and happened to come across your blog. These hats are perfect!

  28. SkyBlueSeed

    March 21, 2011

    Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial! Just posted some pics from my daughter's 4th birthday party of these hats – she loved them! can't wait for an excuse to make them again~

  29. em

    March 24, 2011

    Thanks Jordan! I am so making the streamers and the hats next month for my daughter's birthday!

  30. Marbuch

    May 5, 2011

    Hey! I used a couple of your ideas for my daughter's first birthday party. Please take a look:

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