Strap on Birthday Hats and Celebrate!

Fresh Ideas for Birthday Hats

Birthday hats are essential for every child’s birthday; the hats distinguish the birthday kid from the others, and they’re fun to wear. The birthday hat has become such a staple to birthdays, however, that most birthdays have plain, solid-colored hats or a generic Disney hat that’s sold in bulk all over. birthday hatsAlthough not as fun, these hats aren’t useless; they can be enhanced or tinkered with to create something more suitable and enjoyable for the children. Coming up with ideas, and creating a special birthday hat for the birthday boy or girl as a craft project the day before will have them bouncing with excitement, and if you want you can even spice up the generic hats with a few simply steps.

Alternately, it’s possible to create a hat from scratch and then spruce it up so that they are unique for your party. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have scissors, decorative paper, glue, and any decorations you’d like to add to the hats (e.g. ribbons, glitter, confetti, or flowers). Like most crafts, this one can be done in solitude or with your child, but making party hats is particularly special because you can set up a craft station for the kids to decorate their own hats, as a birthday activity or even a game!

Birthday Hats Come In Many Forms

Before you start creating your party hat, or hats, you need to decide what you’re making and who can wear it. Traditionally, only the honoree would wear the birthday hat, but in modern times it’s encouraged that everyone wear a party hat. You can choose the former or latter situation, and if you want to make the guest of honor feel unique then they could simply have a “special” hat that is different than everyone else’s. birthday hatsFor example, the birthday kid could have a birthday crown or a tiara instead of a hat.

On the note of tiaras, there are many different kinds of birthday hats. Whether you are buying one or making them yourself, you need to settle on which type will be present at this birthday celebration! The most common birthday hat is the cone, but, as mentioned above, there are also crown-shaped hats or tiaras. The tiara, unlike the crown and cone, is a little more difficult to make as it won’t be a tiara when made out of cardboard, but it would look like a feminine crown. However, stores like Claire’s and The Icing will carry an assortment of tiaras for very low prices. Another birthday party hat can be in the form of a top hat, made from balloons, or a wreath made from the flowers, twigs, and leaves from outside!

Customizable, DIY Birthday Hats

The process of how to make a birthday hat is quite easy, and in fact, the most tedious part of it is cutting the paper if you decide to make it from scratch. Assuming you want the old-fashioned cone-shaped hat, you can either purchase them in bulk from your local dollar store or any super chain store, like Wal-Mart.  DIY birthday hatsAnother alternative may be that you can get a big piece of decorative paper and cut a big circle out of it that is 20-25 centimeters in diameter (or 9-10 inches in diameter). From there, you can either start decorating the hat immediately or make it cone-shaped. If this is the “special hat” for the guest of honor, then I’d suggest putting the hat together by folding one side of the circle over the other and gluing the overlapping lining—make sure that this fits the birthday child before you glue it, though.

From there, the sky is the limit with decorating the birthday party hat; you could add a tassel, feathers, glitter, tinsel, ribbons, bows, or simply draw and write on it. Alternately, you could give the birthday party hats a theme. For example, buy generic black party hats along with black and red construction paper; from there, cut strips out of the red paper and glue it along the bottom of the black cone (this should be around 4-inches thick). Then grab your black paper and cut out circles; fold a tiny crease on each circle so that you can glue a creased circle on opposite sides of the hat (like ears). Thereafter grab paper from your printer, or any white printer, and cut two ovals out; glue them parallel to each other on the red strip but in between the “ears”. What you now have are Mickey Mouse party hats with minimal effort and at the cost of a few pieces of paper!

However, the easiest method for custom-made hats which provides the most fun for everyone is if you placed a party hat on each seat at a long table and dispersed markers, crayons and glue sticks along that table. Place small bowls next to each glue-item containing glitter; feathers; paint; and anything else you would like, and let the kids decorate it themselves. This will not only keep them busy for at least thirty minutes, but you also no longer have to go through the trouble of preparing the birthday hats!

written by Rebecca, birthday December 3rd

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