This tutorial has been on my to-do list for months now, and so here it is! I hope I have explained each step enough for you to make your own party hat, but feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below if you have any questions!
- Card stock (or any heavy scrapbook paper)
- Washi tape
- Rubber band (or a hair elastic)
- Exacto Knife
Step 1: Using the template from here, trace and cut out the doll party hat from your card stock. I usually trace straight from the computer screen or tablet, so I play around with the zoom functions of my pdf browser (in Chrome click View in the top toolbar, and then Zoom Out) to find a right size for my toy. However feel free to simply cut along the curved edge to make the hat smaller to fit your toy.
Step 2: Take your washi tape and start covering up your hat template. I like to overlap the edges slightly to make sure everything is covered. Feel free to simply cover the paper with pretty wrapping paper or draw on it instead.
Step 3: After covering the paper, flip it over and feel free to either trim the excess tape along the curved edges (as shown in the left side of last photo above) or simply wrap the edges on to the paper (as shown on the right side of the last photo above). I prefer the latter since it covers the bottom edge of the hat. Make sure to NOT trim away or wrap the straight edge of the party hat.
Step 4: Remember that straight edge of tape? Use that to stick the two straight edges together of the party hat! If you used wrapping paper to cover the party hat, than simply use clear tape at this step to attach the edges together. I also like to put a small piece of tape on the inside of the party hat to make sure it’s extra secure.
Step 5: Using the Exacto knife, poke a hole on the opposite sides of your hat for the strap to go through. Make sure the seam of the party hat is facing the back when poking the holes. Also, ensure that the hole is wide enough for the rubber band to pass through.
Step 6: Cut the rubber band (or hair elastic) so it’s one long straight piece. Stick one end through one of the holes and tie a knot. Now is the time to try the hat on the toy to figure out what length is best. For this hat I ended up trimming several inches off! Remember, because you are using a stretchy rubber band, it’s better to err on slightly tight vs. loose. After choosing the right length, stick the other end of the rubber band through the opposite hole and tie a knot again.
And voila! You are finished. Feel free to leave any questions if you are unclear about any step!