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Kid’s birthday party craft: Make-your-own Party Hats

This month not only do we celebrate the 240th birthday of our great nation, we give you great ideas for birthdays all year long.

We have an extensive list of birthday party venues and ideas in the August issue, including a few craft projects that are easy to create with multiple children at a variety of ages.

I have had varied and unique experiences with children’s birthday parties and have learned a few things along the way, whether I am the cake baker, invitation designer, party planning assistant or as a special guest (think blonde princesses). If you want to keep children busy at a birthday party but not pull your hair out in the process, choose a simple project that reflects the party’s theme.

This project is great for parties because you can coordinate the paper and decorations to fit your theme. Adults will need to be on hand to help with cutting, writing and adjusting the elastic straps, but allowing kids to express their individual creativity for a fun, handmade favor is totally worth it.


  • Paper plate
  • Wrapping/scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Elastic cord
  • Markers, ribbon, washi tape, glitter and stickers for decorating


  1. Glue paper plate onto paper and let dry. This can be done in advance to save time or relate to specific theme.
  2. Cut out along plate edge and cut slit from edge to center.
  3. Write child’s name on back/inside. To add streamers, tape to the center point of slit.
  4. Form into a cone and adhere edges together. Let dry if needed.
  5. Decorate.
  6. Measure elastic cord to desired length.
  7. Poke holes on either side near the bottom.
  8. Insert ends of cord into holes and tie knots to secure. Add a small piece of tape to secure knot to inside of hat.

Have a wonderful birthday party!

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