Designing your own New Year’s Eve Party Hats

When it’s time to reign in the New Year you better have plenty of food, plenty of drinks, and plenty of party decorations. While your kids are bopping around waiting for the long march to midnight, put them to work creating some awesome party hats that pump up the imagination.

DIY Party hats are so easy to make and even easier for the kids to decorate. Make sure you’ve got plenty of markers, pom poms, sequins, buttons, and other doo-dads on hand so your kids can have a crazy fun time getting creative. Just remember, when you make your party hats, have plenty of elastic string on hand so the hats have an easier time staying on your kids’ heads.

Chalkboard Party Hats

TaterTotsAndJello.com has got the most creative and quirky ideas, and that includes New Year’s party hats. The chalkboard party hat is an inventive way for party guests to quickly decorate their hats with their favorite sayings or designs in a no fuss kind of way. TaterTotsAndJello suggests using the leftover ribbon and garland from Christmas for guests to adorn the top of their party hats.

Materials Needed

  • Black cardstock
  • Chalk, chalk ink pens or metallic markers
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue
  • Elastic String
  • trimmings (pom poms, tinsel garland, pipe cleaners, etc.)

Directions

Assembly is super simple. Just print and cut out the template provided. Trace the template onto black cardstock with chalk. Cut out the chalk hat shape, bring ends together, and staple closed. Now place them out on a table with plenty of decorating supplies. I suggest using dustless chalk, shimmery paint markers, or metallic gel crayons for an extra pop of party glam.

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Printable New Year’s Eve Party Hats

ArtsyCraftsyMom.com has got the right idea by keeping things simple. For a low-key yet fun-filled evening with the kids watching the ball drop, try these hats on for size. All the kids have to do is color in the pre-printed design and assemble the hats. So clean-up at the end of a long New Year’s Eve is simple and quick. If your kids are begging to pump up the creativity, however, supply them with a little puff paint or glitter glue to add dimension to their hats.

Materials Needed

  • Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Crayons, Colored Pencils, or Markers
  • Stapler
  • Tinsel, pipe cleaners, bows, pom poms for the top of the hat

Directions

Print the template directly onto the cardstock. Let the kiddos decorate the template with a super high degree of little kid creativity with metallic markers, neon pencils, sparkle gel crayons, glitter glue, or whatever strikes their fancy. Cut the templates out once the kids have finished decorating, and fasten the hat with staples. Adorn the top with a pom-pom or other item, and they’ll be ready to party into the New Year!

Dimensional Paint Party Hats

If you’re willing to risk a detailed cleanup after a little fun with paint, then these party hats will be sure to kick off the New Year right. Neon dimensional paint set against a black hat background says nothing but “I’m here to party!” for whoever’s head it adorns. And, kids and grownups alike will have a blast creating all sorts of fun dimensional shapes and polka dots on these festive hats in the process.

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Materials Needed

  • Neon dimensional paint
  • Black cardstock
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Decoration for the hat topper
  • Elastic String

Directions

Use the template provided above at TaterTotsAndJello.com to create your party hat. Before assembling the hat, break out the dimensional paint and have a blast designing and creating. Let the paint designs dry completely before you assemble the hat. This is a craft you may want to do a day ahead of time. Once you’ve put the topper on after the hat is assembled, you are officially ready to party!

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