These party hats can be as sophisticated or as silly as you like, depending on the colors and patterns of paper you use; reduce the size slightly, and they're perfect for a child's birthday party. Whatever occasion your hats are destined for, sturdy ribbon chin ties will keep them in place until the fun is over.
- Decorative paper
- Colored vellum
- Sheets of double-sided adhesive
- 9- or 10-inch plate
- White glue
- 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
Start by backing two 10-inch squares (9-inch for kids' hats) of decorative paper with colored vellum: Attach vellum to paper with a sheet of double-sided adhesive. (For the hats shown here, we used one piece of patterned paper and one piece of solid color paper for each hat.) Trace the outline of a 10-inch (or 9-inch) plate onto each square, and cut out the circles.
Lay the patterned circle on top of the plain one, overlapping by about one-third the circles' diameter; attach with white glue. Once the glue has dried, cut slits for the ribbon ties: At seven o'clock on the left circle and five o'clock on the right, cut two parallel 1/2-inch slits, 1/4 inch apart and about 1/2 inch in from the edge. Thread each side with a 12-inch length of 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon should come out through the inner slit and go back in through the outer slit, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang on the inside of the hat. Glue overhang to the hat's inner surface.
While the glue dries, make the tassel: Cut out a 9-by-5-inch rectangle of vellum. Place it on your work surface with a short side facing you. From the top left corner, measure 2 inches to the right, and mark. Cut in a diagonal line from this point to the bottom left corner; you should have a piece that measures 9 inches long, 3 inches wide at the top, and 5 inches wide at the bottom, with one right angle at the right side of the base. Along the diagonal edge, cut into the vellum at 3/8-inch intervals, stopping about 1 inch short of the straight edge. Place a pencil at the bottom (wider) edge, and roll the strip tightly around the pencil. Carefully curl each segment of the tassel with scissors.
Glue the curled tassel into the upper v-shaped indentation between the two circles, and let the glue dry. Bring the other edges of the circles together to overlap by one-third their diameter, and glue them together. Press together until glue is dry.