Bright party hats are a really festive touch for a party, but paper ones seem to always gets torn and immediately thrown away. Why not make a party hat made of fabric to last through more than one birthday?
With just a little piece of fabric and scraps of embellishment you probably have lying around, you can easily re-cover a store bought paper hat yourself and turn it into something really beautiful that can be worn on their special day. Super ambitious? Make them as party favours for all of your child's party guests!
paper party hat
fabric to cover hat
optional: elastic and stapler
optional: wool for pom pom top
Unroll the paper party hat, being careful not to tear it. Remove any fringe on it as well. Flatten it and place it on the wrong side of your fabric and trace. You'll want to add about Ω'' when you trace so you can wrap the fabric around the party hat. Cut it out.
Center the party hat onto your cut fabric piece before you start wrapping it around and gluing it. I used the bright silver for the inside of the hat so it wouldn't show through my fabric, plus it made the inside pretty.
Now re-fold the hat and hot glue it closed. Leave a little bit of space at the top to insert your pom pom later.
Glue any fringe and embellishments along the bottom
I removed the original thin elastic and added this thicker one, stapling it underneath my fringe. I used the original elastic to measure the correct length when I cut it.
Now for the pom pom! Wrap some coloured wool around a glass
Carefully pull the wrapped wool off the glass and tie it in the middle with a small piece of the wool
Cut the loops on both sides.
Start trimming it down…
…keep going until it looks something like this.
Attach it to the top of the hat with a little glue right along the edge.