Is December kicking anyone else’s bum these days? I thought I was go on top of thing the beginning of the month… then I blinked. And now it’s almost Christmas and I am soooo not ready! I’ve been so excited to do this post though, so I thought, FORGET IT! I’m gonna forget my mile long ‘to-do’ list and do whatever the heck I want. <Insert maniacal laugh here.>
So a little backstory so you don’t think I’m just a crazy person making silly stuff for the heck of it. (Or maybe I am, but you’ll just have to determine that on your own.) 😉
Last month, I got to attend the birthday party for the wonderful Alison from The Alison Show. If you haven’t heard of her, check her out right now. She throws these amazing all women dance parties that are seriously what the doctor ordered. Free flowing caffeine, good music and dancing? What more could a gal want?
I always like to add my own flair to whatever I’m doing in life so I decided to make an embarrassingly AWESOME party hat that’s bigger than life because… I can.
My mom and I had A BLAST making these and hope you get a kick out of it as well. It’s incredibly easy and I think everyone should have a party hat like this stashed in their closets for birthdays or dance parties or whatever your whimzy. 😉 So here is a LOOSE tutorial on how you can turn anything into a party hat.
Before I begin, I want you know…..
THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL
I hardly ever know what I am doing beforehand when I embark on a project like this. . . I usually find a way to make it work as I am piecing things together.
My tip is… If you dont know how to do something… DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU!
The beauty about projects like this is that you can start over if you don’t like how it’s turning out.
So go crazy!
Step one: Aquire supplies!
- Find any LARGE item to be your centerpiece. We found these EPIC cupcake tree toppers in the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby. We made a hat for Alison and her centerpiece was a gigantic lollipop. Maybe you want to use a giant letter or number, or a cactus or a unicorn. Seriously anything will work.
- Assorted decorations. Forgive me but I have no idea what these little berry things/crafty sticks are called. Oh my gosh how embarrassing! What I’m talking about is the little decorative sticks pictured below. . . Yesh, Lauren. 🙄
- Hot glue
- Tulle (The fluffy looking ribbon stuff for filler)
- Glitter (Optional)
- Headband, Cardboard, Hat base. Basically something that will help secure it on your noggin.
Step two: Lay out your treasures so you can see what ya got!
Step three: Play with Placement.
My tip is to START WITH LARGE ITEMS FIRST. Place those so you know what it will look like, if the balance is ok. (Symmetrical or not, balance is a must. If you dont know what I mean, comment below and I’ll explain better.)
Step Four: Decorate!
Next we use those little decor babbles I don’t know the name for. They can be found at any craft store. They are for wreaths, Christmas trees, etc. Our cupcake was styrofoam so we just shoved the babbles into the base to secure it. Or we wrapped it around the springy base. If your base isnt styrofoam, simply use your hot glue and stick that sucker on! (You can use tulle to disguise any unsightly glue spots.)
Step five: Filler.
Tulle is excellent filler. Like I said above, it will cover whatever you dont want seen and it will add some fluff and pizazz. I like to take a piece and fold it in half like below. Then I would stick on with hot glue. It’s hot though (duh) So I use a pen to hold it in place until it’s secure.
Step six: Put a bow on it.
Obviously all these steps are optional and more guidelines anyway (I feel like a pirate typing that!) But in my own opinion, no project is complete without a bow on top. I am going to do a tutorial on how to tie darling bows, so stick around for that.
Step seven: Wear it loud and proud.
Also add confetti freckles for the heck of it because… why not? (Tutorial below. But for the love… mute the annoying music! You’re welcome.