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Paper Party Crafts




One simple craft turns any birthday party into a good time, guaranteed. But you don't have to trudge to the store for supplies -- chances are you've already got what you need. Paper bags, cardboard scraps, and small boxes become jewelry, toys, and partywear when kids decorate them with items you've scavenged from around the house. Just set a table filled with inspiring odds and ends, such as buttons, trimmings, stickers, even drinking straws, along with scissors and glue. We've listed a few suggestions for materials but you can be as creative as you want with the supplies.

Get kids started by cutting basic shapes, such as flowers, beforehand. Then leave it up to them to create a favor that's sure to be their favorite. See below for instructions on crafting party hats and bracelets, or try other easy creations like picture frames, brooches, cars, flowers, or masks. 


  • Buttons
  • Fabric scraps
  • Wrapping paper
  • Wallpaper samples
  • Tissue paper
  • Crepe paper
  • Stickers
  • Sequins
  • Trimmings
  • Yarn
  • Glitter
  • Colored tape
  • Newspaper
  • Rubber bands


  1. Step 1

    Let party guests put their own crowning touch on the occasion by creating festive hats from paper and materials from a junk drawer. Print the template onto legal-size paper; trace onto sturdy paper and cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Overlap ends by 1/2 inch, and tape.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005



Reviews (1)

  • leetlebug 19 Feb, 2008

    One would think that I just about lost my mind when I bought the party supplies for my little girl's party. I was setting everything set up and I completely forgot to get the party hats! And since I had only 30 min before the party started and I didn't want to chance missing any guests, I knew this site would have just what I needed. Thank you SO much you saved the day, the kids loved them and had tons of fun decorating them. They were very easy to make and the kids had fun going through my craft box digging out special treasures to put on their hats.