The 5 Minute Essential Party Hat

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You might remember the very yummy Lemon Poppy Seed Ombre Cake I made for a recent surprise birthday party (you can catch a glimpse of it in the photo below 🙂 ).  Of course, no birthday party is complete without a fabulous birthday cake, but we can’t forget about the other basic party essential…the party hat!  You can pick up a simple party hat at any party store, but why when you can create a unique DIY party hat minutes!?

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The 5 Minute Essential Party Hat


  • one piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock
  • shredded paper
  • tissue paper
  • large rubber band
  • assorted paint colors
  • hot glue


Roll the cardstock into a cone shape and secure with a dab of hot glue.  The base of the hat may be slightly uneven, simply trim off access paper to even out the base.

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Cut a large rubber band in half and use the hot glue to attach it to the inside of the hat.  You can use string just as well if you can’t find a large enough rubber band.

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Use the hot glue to attached several bunched of shredded paper to the inside rim of the hat.

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I ended up finding some colored shredded paper, so I attached that along with the white paper…

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Now it’s time to make a pom pom for the top of the hat using tissue paper!  Cut a small bunch of tissue paper into 2″ x 4″ strips…

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Secure the center using a twisty tie or a rubber band.

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Pull up the sides of the paper to create the pom pom!

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You can really tap into your creativity for this next part!  Decorate the hat using craft paints, I chose a polka dot pattern for my hat!

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There you have it!  Your 5 Minute Essential Party Hat!

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No birthday party is complete without a proper party hat!


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