DIY Party Hat

I am friends with several people that always say “oh don’t buy that … you can MAKE IT”. Well, I always laugh at them because I usually don’t take the time or want to find the materials etc. … excuses excuses. I have been wanting a party hat from Rolly Polly for a looooong time and she was set to release new hats the week before Charlie’s birthday. I was ready. I had my phone alarm set, refreshed the website at high noon … put a beautiful party hat in my cart and boom … sold out. wahhhhhh.

yarn and wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, everything else I found at Target

yarn and wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, everything else I found at Target

I had a vision for Charlie’s 7 year photos and it included this hat so I decided it was going to happen … I am going to MAKE THIS THING. Dislcaimer: I have no idea how to make this thing, totally guessing from the beautiful images she shares on her Instagram.) I went and got mini party hats at Target, tissue paper, and adhesive squares. I bought pom poms in the gift wrapping section actually and they would have worked perfect but they weren’t quite the right color scheme so I made a second trip to Hobby and Lobby and got yarn to attempt to make my own pom pom. There I found metallic wrapping paper as well and wanted to add that in to match the colors of her dress.

I traced the entire hat and then cut my strips but you could even cut out that gold strip and use it as a template. I used the top part of the hat once I got closer to the top.

I traced the entire hat and then cut my strips but you could even cut out that gold strip and use it as a template. I used the top part of the hat once I got closer to the top.

Next thing I did was take apart one of the party hats and used it as a template to cut strips of the tissue paper. You can’t cut straight strips because when you wrap it around the cone shape it will be all wonky. I cut little fringe pieces in them and then attached them one by one to the back of the hat.

cut fringes and layer up to the top. I used two layers of tissue paper for each color

cut fringes and layer up to the top. I used two layers of tissue paper for each color

I looked up how to make your own pom pom and I tried one method and it epically failed twice so after a small temper tantrum I looked up another tutorial and this one worked great.

trimming the pom was pretty fun … gave it a nice little hair cut.

trimming the pom was pretty fun … gave it a nice little hair cut.

Once I got the pom trimmed and ready it had two tails hanging down and I pulled those through the top of the hat and tied a knot. Pretty easy right? It’s definitely not perfect and I’m sure Rolly Polly’s are made to last forever but this met my needs for the photos and completed my vision. It would be cute to make these for a birthday party and have as the gift they kiddos take home.

not perfect but pretty cute!

not perfect but pretty cute!

I have to say I was pretty proud of myself when I was done. Charlie’s photos turned out so cute and the vision was complete. We can all sleep better tonight.