Family Craft Time Idea

On April 11, 2013 by stratfordschools

Family Party Hats!

Making party hats is a fun craft the whole family can enjoy. Stratford believes that is so important to be creative with your children and find the time to create together! The best part is that you can up-cycle hats from your last party and make them look completely amazing using just a few simple materials, along with your imagination. We colored designs on brown craft paper, unfolded old party hats and glued our decorated paper on to form these fun party hats perfect for any celebration.








  • party hats (we recycled old birthday hats)
  • brown craft paper
  • markers
  • glue
  • hot glue and hot glue gun (adults only)
  • pipe cleaners



  • You can do this two ways. Option 1—Roll out the brown craft paper and decorate it with markers, OR, option 2—trace the party hat (unfolded), then decorate the inside. We used both methods.


  • Unfold the party hat and lay flat on the craft paper (decorated or not), then trace around the party hat.


  • Cut out the hat shape from the craft paper.


  • Glue the craft paper onto the outside of the party hat. (Decorate it first, if you chose option 2, above.) NOTE: The kids preferred the method of tracing the hat, then decorating inside the tracing.


  • Using your pipe cleaners, create shapes: stars, zigzags, diamonds, or even pom-pom-ish sprigs. Attach a small piece of pipe cleaner to the shape by twisting it around the base of the shape or center of the pom-pom, them attach to the opening of the top inside of the hat (folded flat) using hot glue. TIP: So you won’t burn your fingers, cut out small strips of craft paper to press down onto the pipe cleaner shape and hot glue once you apply it.


  • Close your hat using hot glue and you are ready to go! Optionally, you could replace the elastic band on the hat with ribbon. We left the elastic band and used the hats as they were.


Enjoy the fun family time!

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