How to Make a Cone Hat

    by Heather Monroe

    About the Author

    Heather Monroe has been writing for Demand Studios since March, 2009. Heather enjoys blogging about California's beautiful Inland Empire and its rich history. She has also published her own line of greeting cards and tee-shirts. Although she got a bit of a late start, Heather is pursuing a degree in Journalism.


    No birthday party is complete without traditional cone-shaped party hats and it's a simple process to make your own using colorful poster board and decorative accents. Unless you're planning a surprise party, get the little ones involved in the festivities by letting them choose their own colors of poster board, ribbon and embellishments. They might even help you decide on the placement of each bauble; however, make sure only an adult manages the hot glue gun.

    Things You'll Need

    • Poster board
    • Scissors
    • Glitter glue
    • Puffy paint
    • Googly eyes
    • Stickers
    • Low-temperature hot-glue gun
    • Low-temperature hot-glue sticks
    • 2 spring-loaded clothespins
    • Ribbon
    • Stapler
    • 3 colors of narrow ribbon

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    Cut a triangle out of poster board that's wide enough to fit a human head. Make the hat as tall as you like, as long as it doesn't fall over. You can also choose patterned poster board with a birthday theme.

    Lay the triangular paper on a flat surface to decorate it. Write names on the cone hat with glitter glue or puffy paint. Make animal hats by drawing a face and gluing on googly eyes. If you are not artistically inclined, use stickers to decorate your cone party hat. Allow the paper to dry thoroughly.

    Roll the poster board into a cone shape. Leave a pencil-eraser sized opening at the top. Hot glue the hat together at the seams. Use clothespins to secure the cone hat until the glue dries.

    Staple ribbon to either side of the cone hat. (Most children become annoyed by the elastic used in commercial hats, and ribbon can be adjusted for comfort and fit.)

    Tie three narrow ribbons together using a large knot. Turn the hat upside down and thread the loose ends of the ribbon cluster through the hole in the top until the knot acts as a stopper to hold the ribbons in place. Secure with a dot of hot glue. Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes before wearing the hat.

    • Be creative with your hat. Apply ears for animal hats, or stars for wizard hats.

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