Good morning! Today I’d like to share with you one of the projects I whipped together for Bugaboo’s Winnie the Pooh birthday party. His birthday is actually this weekend (omg my little boy is going to be 2!), but his party will be this June. We are now having a combined party – celebrating Bugaboo’s 2nd birthday and baby girl’s baptism. While this wasn’t my original plan, it has a lot of positives – including the weather will be warmer and we can have part of the party outside! I’ve been loving the warm weather this week and with all the snow melting I can see the grass! Yay!
Pushing the party back a couple months gives me even more time to work out some of the party details. This was a nice, quick project I did before baby girl was born. I was able to get it done in one nap time – which made me feel uber productive! There are tons of party hats for sale out there and they are pretty inexpensive. So really the only reason I wanted to make my own was so it would coordinate with my party’s theme and colors.
I had a bag of polka-dot party hats from the Target clearance section, so I decided to basically just decorate one of those – using the polka-dot one as a base with the elastic already there and everything. You could easily make this from scratch using thicker poster board and your own elastic or ribbon – this is how I usually make them. If you go this route I’ve included a pattern below under “Supplies Needed”. I have to say, though, using the pre-made party hat as a base made things go much quicker!
- Free Pattern: located at the end of this post
- Decorative paper for hat
- Decorative paper scraps for medallion
- Embellishments that match your theme
- Glue stick
- Scoring board and stylus
- Paper cutter or scissors
Step One: Carefully take apart your pre-made party hat and trace it to create a pattern – or use the free printable pattern available at the end of this post. Use the pattern to cut out the party hat from your decorative paper. Cut slits with your scissors or an X-Acto knife.
Step Two: Glue the decorative paper you just cut out to the party hat. This isn’t necessary if you are using study paper, but will be helpful for thin paper. Assemble the party hat and glue or tape in place. Add elastic through the two slits. In the picture below, I was using the pre-made party hat with decorative paper over it. If you are using the free pattern provided, you can tie your elastic through the slits around the bottom of the hat. It is more visible, but secure.
Step Three: Create the paper medallion. I love paper medallions, especially on party hats. They add some really nice dimension and are so much fun! To create one, start with a strip of paper – mine was 1.25″ wide and I cut the strip the length of my decorative paper, 12″. Score every 1/4″ using a scoring board and stylus.
Before I purchased a scoring board and stylus set, I used my paper cutter and a sharp object like my needle nose pliers. I laid the paper in the groove where you would usually cut and instead just score it.
Lay a piece of paper down and stand up the accordion pleated circle like in the picture above. Then push it down bringing the center in. Put some hot glue in the center and push it all the way down and hold it for a minute or two. I add a small amount of hot glue to the top as well.
Cut away the paper underneath so you can’t see it sticking out from behind your medallion. Decorate the medallion any way you want! I added a circle of green plaid and then printed the number 2 off my computer. I added some Classic Pooh scrapbook bees to finish it off.
All finished!! The hat matches perfectly with the party colors and theme and was quick and inexpensive to make. Party hats make any special occasion just a bit more festive, don’t you think? Here are a few more I’ve made before!
Over the next few months I’m going to keep working on the party details for the combined birthday/baptism party! You can see my Pinterst board here, which has been a great place for gathering my ideas. The invitations I shared with you a few weeks ago are in need of a makeover now that the party is including the baptism. At first I was stumped on how to change the invitation without changing it too much. I finally came up with a solution, I’ll share that with you soon!