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Catherine Romano blogs about crafty projects for kids and parents
Every celebration includes a few party favours. My son’s favourite is the party hat – colourful, festive and fun to wear, the party hat is an important part of my family’s special events.

Party hats can easily be purchased at the dollar store, or you can take a little extra time and design your own set with creative embellishments. The process is quite simple, and the kids will love the opportunity to make a wearable masterpiece. Here are all the details.


  • Bristol Board (construction paper works, but the more durable the paper, the longer lasting the hat)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (to tie the hat on to the head)


1. Cut out a circle, then cut out just over a quarter of the circle (see the photo for specific size and shape).
2. Make a cone shape and use adhesive tape to hold the cone together.
3. Cut out decorative details. For example, fridge and polka dots.
4. Add decorative elements to the cone.
5. Attach ribbons to the each side of the cone so it can be worn as a hat.

Make sure you trace a perfect circle to ensure a proper cone shape. The larger the circle, the larger the hat.  I used a large dinner plate.

This craft would be a great activity to do during a birthday party: Simply pre-make the cones, prepare a variety of decorative elements (pom poms, streamers, magazine cut-outs) and have the kids complete the design.

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto from New York City. For more art, design and culture for kids and parents, check out Catherine’s blog sweet spectacle or follow her on @catromano.

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