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DIY Circus Party Hats

Wouldn’t it be a blast to have a circus themed birthday party? Party hats customized for the occasion are a great way to involve your guests in the theme and they’ll make a huge impact in all the group photos they’re in! And did you know Carnival Day is this Wednesday? These hats would look darling with this DIY carnival cake topper!

DIY Circus Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!DIY Circus Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!DIY Circus Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: White paper cups, red acrylic paint, white and yellow card stock, elastic cord, wooden skewers, pencil, paintbrush, scissors, hole punch.

Step 1: Use your scissors to cut about 1″ off the bottom of the cup.
Step 2: Paint wide red stripes onto the remainder of the cup. Don’t worry if the stripes aren’t perfectly even!
Step 3: Trace a circle onto your white card stock (we traced a bowl with a 5″ diameter). Paint red stripes from the center of the circle out to the edges.
Step 4: While waiting for your paint to dry, cut long thin triangles out of the yellow card stock. Trim down the wooden skewers to about 3″, roll the yellow triangles around them, and hot glue into place.
Step 5: Cut out the painted circles and remove a wedge about 1/3 of the circle. Then cut a tiny little scoop out of the centre of the circle – this is where the skewer will go.
Step 6: Use hot glue to form the painted circles into wedges and then hot glue the wooden skewer into the top of the cones.
Step 7: Apply a thin line of hot glue to the cut edge of the paper cup and attach the cone, doing your best to keep it even.
Step 8: Punch two holes into the bottom edge of the cup. Tie your elastic cord through these holes – our elastic straps were 19″, but you can adjust this as needed.

DIY Circus Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!DIY Circus Party Hats | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Birdy& Bambi

    February 24, 2014

    That is so cute!!!

    Greetings from Germany (but a post from the Orient):

    Birdy and Bambi

  2. Jesse

    February 24, 2014

      • jordan
      • February 24, 2014

      Isn’t Kathleen a genius!?

  3. fromutahwithlove

    February 24, 2014

    Fantastically creative! I love the bright colors. They look so fresh!

  4. Maria Babin

    February 24, 2014

    Bisous xo

  5. Tashia D

    February 24, 2014

    These are totally adorable! My son wants a circus themed party for his 5th birthday this April. These would be perfect! Thanks for all the great ideas!

      • jordan
      • February 25, 2014

      So glad we can help!

  6. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence

    February 24, 2014

    How creative! Your DIY’s are so much fun. 🙂

  7. Kim - The TomKat Studio

    February 24, 2014

    OH so darling!

  8. Tiffany

    February 24, 2014

    Love these! Now I just got to plan a party so I can make them! Thanks!
    Xx, Tiffany { }

  9. Cerise

    February 24, 2014

    Love this idea.

  10. obat alami asam urat

    February 24, 2014

    its creativ :), nice update 🙂

  11. Zandra Zuraw

    February 25, 2014

    Oh, these are ADORABLE! We don’t do kid stuff on our blog but if we did, I’d definitely want to share this post! Now I’m trying to think what kind of party for adults we could come up with just to have an excuse to make these! Brilliant!

      • jordan
      • February 25, 2014

      Circus parties can be for adults too!! 🙂

  12. Paulette Leto

    February 25, 2014

    I just made a new friend in one of my grad classes who is working on being an acrobat in her spare time. I HAVE to show this to her immediately!

  13. brittany

    February 28, 2014

    i am throwing a carnival themed bridal shower for my sister in a few weeks, and i NEED to make at least one of these! i’m thinking of putting “bride” on the flag. if she won’t wear it, i’ll wear a maid of honor hat! thanks for this idea!

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