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Watercolor Party Hats DIY

Here is an easy tutorial to make Watercolor Party Hats. Watercolor is fun to work with because it doesn’t need to be perfect. Down below you’ll find our tips for getting the best, perfectly imperfect strokes. Every hat will be a little different, and that’s what makes them so fun. You can paint these in colors to match your party or just in a rainbow variety.

Materials: Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Paints,Various Sizes of Paintbrushes, Party Hat Template, Scissors, Exacto Knife, Pencil, Elastic, Water

Step 1: Use your biggest brush to cover the watercolor paper in a thin layer of water.
Step 2: Dip your brush in water and then cover it in a thick layer of watercolor paint.
Step 3: Spread the paint with strong, confident strokes. Once the paint is on the paper, don’t paint over your strokes until they’ve dried. But, feel free to experiment by adding additional colors, flicking water onto the paper, and blotting the paint with a paper towel to add texture.
Step 4: Allow the paint to dry completely.
Step 5: Print and cut out our Party Hat template.
Step 6: Trace the template onto your painted paper and cut it out.
Step 7: Fit the tabs into the slot.
Step 8: On each side of the hat make criss crossed cuts with your x-acto knife.
Step 9: Push the elastic through each hole (I use my x-acto to do this) and tie a knot to hold it.
Step 10: Wear and enjoy!

Photography by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Production and Styling by Alison Piepmeyer
Crafting by Caitlin Barker
Thanks to little Sophie for modeling

  1. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    June 5, 2013


  2. kaity @ IC

    June 5, 2013

    beautiful + fun!

  3. bp

    June 5, 2013

    Love this! Great photos too!

  4. So cute! The kiddies would have such a great time decorating their own!

  5. Meg

    June 5, 2013

    So soft and pretty. 🙂

  6. Krisha

    June 5, 2013

    This would be so cute with the watercolor confetti I made!

  7. jennifer

    June 5, 2013

    Simple and so pretty! This looks like such a fun project for my kids and I to work on for their next party. Thanks for the great idea.

  8. PARIS BEE kids blog

    June 5, 2013

    Beautiful and sweet! Love these!!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  9. Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

    June 5, 2013

    Cute hats!!

  10. Local City Rentals

    June 5, 2013

    These are beautiful and looks like such a fun DIY project at home. Thanks for sharing!

  11. mottenkönig

    June 6, 2013

    These are the perfect garden gnome hats I was looking for. In green or red they will be perfect. Thank you very much.

  12. Rebecca at thisfineday

    June 6, 2013

    Fun and so cute. What a great activity to do with the kids days prior to the party 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  13. jenny Olofsson

    June 13, 2013

    Oh how wonderful! really lovely

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