the domestic tales of four sisters

Party Hat How-To

At least the next two weeks you will see a few posts having to do with my husband’s birthday. Growing up my family didn’t really do the birthday party thing. There were seven of us and money didn’t grow on our tree in the backyard, so our parents “invested” in the holidays (Easter and Christmas) and we wouldn’t really have a big birthday party. No harm, no foul. (One year they bought us new bikes for Easter. I mean, seriously, bikes. It was awesome.)

My husband, on the other hand, is from a family that celebrates e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. He remembers almost all of his birthday parties and has pictures from plenty of them. Birthdays and celebrations are a big deal for them. Because we are a marine family he is away a lot and we miss many important dates. To date we have missed 3 Christmases, 3 Thanksgivings, 4 Easters, 4 Birthdays, and a few other important dates here and there. So when we get the chance to celebrate something – we do it up – and we do it up big. And this year … He turns 25. Though I turn 25 as well this year, it’s 2 months behind him. I relish in those 2 months. I get to tell him for two whole months that he is 5 years away from 30, that the Marine Corps is making him lose his hair, and “oh my gosh … is that a gray hair I see?!” It is pure delight.

So since he’s the big 2-5 this year, we’re all in one place – together, and we have a little baby to celebrate with – we’re doing it up big. So of course I had to make fun party hats – in Orioles colors. I’m doing an Orioles baseball cake and Orioles colors. It’s going to look more like a 10 year old boy’s birthday party than a 25 year old man’s birthday party. Oh well. Fun, regardless!

These party hats are quite simple and fun to make. I actually used them upside down as cones for my wedding decoration:


You can decorate these party hats any which way, and I recommend using scrapbook paper because it comes in so many colors and designs. You can obtain scrapbook paper for less than you think – just head to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s (even WalMart) and I’m sure you’ll find something!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Scrapbook paper (one piece will make 1 or 2 hats depending upon size)
Hat template (I used this one – will explain below)
Trimmings (ribbon, glitter, gems, scrap paper, pom poms, etc.)
Glue gun & glue sticks
Ribbon (for tying hat on)

Now .. for the how-to …

I opted to use only half the template and trace it on the paper twice. This might seem a little more tedious to you than necessary – if you want to print the whole template go on with your bad self! I didn’t print the template at all because we are out of printer ink. So I traced it – light box style – from my lap top screen. I went the easiest route for me and only traced half the template. Once I had done that, it was time to cut out my shape!



Now you want to take your shape and wrap it around into the iconic “party hat” shape. I recommend using hot glue in this case as it sets quickly. If you are doing this with the kiddos you can take tall glasses, glue the hat, and then place the hat inside the glass until it is fully dried. Otherwise you’ll have a mess on your hands. 🙂


Now I didn’t bore you with my decorating details. You can figure that one out on your own – get creative and have fun! I did polka dots with ribbon trim. For your ribbon to tie the hat on you can do one of two things. One – you can just glue the ribbon to the inside of the hat on either side. (What I did) Two – you can make a hole with a hole punch and tie the ribbon in on either side. Because this hat was going on Baby E I wanted it to be a little more sturdy and felt that if we did a hole punch she could easily pull the string out. (She’s a master at pulling her bows off her head already!)



She’s a fan of the hat … and I think it makes her look like a little Keebler elf. Which I haven’t decided if that is creepy or adorable. Either way … next Christmas she’s totally rocking an elf costume.

If you have a party coming up I recommend you make the party hats. You could even have the kids decorate their own hats!

Stay tuned for more party how-to’s that will be coming your way!

Get creative!



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