I don't know about you, or your kids, but we love party hats. I am pretty sure that when I was I kid I didn't really have party hats at birthdays; at least, not that I can remember. But I really think it's both fun and funny to celebrate a birthday by wearing a hat. Why do people do it? I have no idea, but I say, hey, why not? If wearing a hat is one more way to spread cheer and get people into the party spirit, I'm all for it.
Most people just go buy party hats, if they are going to have them for party guests. You can buy great party hats all over the place, from stores like Kmart, to dollar stores, at card stores or at party stores. But you can also have a hat making station at your next kid's party, and let your little guests enjoy their hats and hat wearing even more by giving them a few simple tools to make their own crazy creations. All you need is:
· Some paper (you can just plain white paper, brown paper, construction paper, even pretty wrapping paper - just not tissue paper, which is too soft)
· A stapler or glue or strong tape
· A hole puncher
· Ribbon (you could cut the ribbon ahead for this, or let the kids do it)
· Art materials like stickers, markers, pencils, pom-poms, glitter, confetti and such
To make the hats, simply have the kids decorate the paper first, then roll it into a cone shape which takes about 5 seconds, and help them seal it along the seam. Then they can punch a hole on each side, chose a ribbon, and make some knots to hold the ribbon in place as you help them put one piece through each side. (You can tape the ribbon ends on the inside of the hat to make it more secure, too). Then, the kids can put the hat on and tie it under their chins, or in a bow behind their heads.
Another fun way to decorate the hats is to provide funny pictures of the birthday kid for others to stick on all the hats. Or cut out pretty or funny things from magazines they can use to glue on. There are many creative ways to decorate a simple party hat, and believe me, not only will the kids all enjoy making them, they will look great and make wonderful party favors as well.
Do you like party hats? Have you ever made any with your kids?
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