We’ve all seen them; most of us have worn them: those cardboard party hats for children. Although now they have even fancier hats for children’s birthday parties, those cheap, cone-shaped hats are perfect for making all sorts of decor and other items for you and your family. When the party’s over grab those leftover hats and make some new stuff!
Make the most unique hanging planter from a pointed birthday hat by first wrapping it in decorative paper or cloth. Make sure the covering you choose for it will well conceal the print on the hat. Wrap the cone then tuck the excess material or paper inside the opening of the hat. Cut the excess off the point then tape or glue it neatly to the point. Use any number of things to conceal the paper ends on the point. Glue on a painted Styrofoam ball, a tassel, or a novelty of some sort. The planter can now be hung in the corner of a room in your home. The stretchy string on the hat can be used as the hanger or you can replace it with something nicer. The stretch string is only suitable for lightweight, fake plants or flowers. If you use real plants keep them in a planter wrapped in a plastic bag. Replace the stretch string with a narrow ribbon or something similar. Give it more strength by reinforcing the holes where the string goes into the cone. Or, before placing the plant inside, glue the ends of the ribbon way down inside the cone. Leave a long length of ribbon, in the form of a loop, to hang the planter.
A birthday cone hat is just what you need to make an easy but elegant Christmas tree centerpiece. Simply wrap the cone in a length of garland, tape the pieces in place, then decorate. These trees can hold a minimal amount of weight but you can decorate them with a strand of Christmas lights or even tiny, lightweight ornaments. Make the tree much taller, and a little sturdier, by stacking several of the hats on top of one another. Or, cut part of one hat off and make a short tree for a shelf or mantle. Things you can use to decorate the trees include small beads, balls of foil, strands of tiny, fake pearls and similar items. Top the tree with a lightweight trinket, novelty, star button or other object.
A Christmas tree isn’t the only holiday craft you can make from a birthday hat. Use it to make part of your dog’s Christmas getup. Use a piece of red felt to cover the cone shape. Ordinary white glue will hold the felt in place. You can tuck the excess inside the cone or you can cut it off even with the edge of the cone opening. Use white fur trim to cover the edges if you’re doing the latter. Glue on a white pom-pom and the doggie Christmas hat is complete. Make a Fourth of July hat by using white felt to cover the hat. Glue on red stripes, vertically, or just glue a wide, red ribbon around the cone opening. Glue a blue pom-pom to the tip of the cone to complete. Make a bat hat at Halloween by covering the cone with black felt then attaching a fake bat or other object to the point of the cone.
Pointed birthday hats are perfect for making flower holders, on the end of church pews, for a wedding. The cones can be painted white, then covered in lace, or they can be covered in thin, white cloth, then lace. Use a small piece of Styrofoam in the bottom of each cone to hold the flowers. Or, hot glue the fake flowers directly to the inside of the cone. A bow can be attached to the cone to embellish it. You can also glue on fake rhinestones, tiny silk petals and leaves, or even glitter paint. Lightweight arrangements can be held to the pews by glue strips or even double-sided tape, which is easy to remove after the ceremony. The pew flower holders are inexpensive but beautiful.
Make an angel by covering a birthday hat with white cloth. You can then cover it with white lace, if you want. Stand the cone upside-down on a table. Glue a wooden ball to the top of the cone. Paint a face on or even purchase a sticker face from a craft store. Use a fake gold band or a metallic pipe cleaner piece to make a halo. Embellishments of glitter, fake jewels, sequin, ribbons, bows and similar items can be added to the finished angel. Make spookier versions for Halloween. Cover the cone with black felt or fabric to make a witch. Use a green, painted Styrofoam ball as the head or make a wooden head. You can use yarn, hair from an old doll, or even cotton balls to cover the head. Make a witch’s hat by cutting the tip off of one of the birthday hats and painting it black.
You know you’ll be having some birthday parties this year so why not get some of those silly, pointed hats? After the party you can make new things for your dog, a friend’s wedding or a new centerpiece for yourself. The possibilities are endless!