Tuesday, July 22, 2008

party hats

For my birthday brunch we all made newspaper party hats. We had such a great time gathering flowers and creating instant and custom made hats. What a wonderful way to recycle newspapers! You can just throw them in the compost at the end of the party. My nieces were delighted to make them all over again for this tutorial.

Materials:
-newspaper
-masking tape
-flowers (fresh or paper)
-scissors

1. Place two to three full sheets of newspaper over head and mold gently to shape. With a roll of masking tape start at the crown and tape firmly all the way around head, all the while holding newspaper in place.

2. Add flowers wherever you like and tape in place. Roll brim tightly, starting over forehead.
Voila!


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37 comments:

  1. That's fantastic! They look so pretty! A watercolor wash to make the newspaper pastelish would look fun too.

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  2. those are just amazing. when I think paper hats, I think those sailboat looking things, not tea party hats.

    Well done!

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  3. Gasp! I love those! How wonderfully clever and fun while not being something that you have to keep forever and ever. They're at the top of my to-do!

    www.kiddio.org

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  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE these!!!!!!!!!!!! My little kiddies will definitely be trying this out.

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  5. Happy birthday, Friend! You know, one year it was so hot on my birthday, the upper layer of the cake slid off. July 19 rules!

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  6. aaah too great! we must try this at home! my girls will love it!!

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  7. These hats are Fabulous and very pretty. Definately a Great idea to try.

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  8. I used to make these as a young girl and loved them! Maybe it's an Upstate NY thing? :)

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  9. Absolutely delightful hats, gorgeous posies and precious models too! I need some little girls in my life :) Maybe I need a paper party hat. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. I love these! So easy and so pretty!

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  11. WOW, amazing!
    this will make my kids have MUCH fun
    thanks for sharing

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  12. Hi Maya, just found your blog thru designmom's blog and I must say you just made my day today since this a project I can do with my daughter and her friends and they will love it. thanks a bunch.

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  13. Who knew newspaper could be so lovely!!! I have a huge stash of brown craft paper that came as filler in a package. Now I know how I'll use it!

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  14. Lovely idea. I'll be taking it to playgroup next week.

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  15. these are awesome!! thanks for sharing.

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  16. Now I know why we moved to Upstate NY!!

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  17. These are great!!!! Love 'em!!

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  18. I love these and they look easy enough to make that even I could do it! Well, er, maybe. :-) May I share your images and instructions on my tea blog? I'll give link and full credit to maya*made, 'natch. Cheers.

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  19. I never thought newspaper hats could be so pretty!
    This post would be a perfect one to link up to "Twice the Fun Tuesday" at my site havingfunathomeblog.blogspot.com.

    Twice the Fun is a weekly mr. linky about creative recycling that will start next Tuesday (Oct 14.) It would be great to see your post there!

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  20. i made it! it was so much fun.

    thanks for sharing.

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  21. Linked to this craft here

    http://siayla.blogspot.com/2009/04/earth-day-newspaper-flowers-and-more.html

    I love this idea!

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  22. Those are beautiful! Here's a tip - if you spray ea. sheet of paper lightly w/ water before molding them onto the head, it makes it easier to shape them w/o tearing.

    Of course you need to let them dry a bit before wearing....

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  23. What a wonderful Idea! My Oldest Granddaughter wanted an "Art-rageous" Birthday Party for her 7th Birthday Celebration...Your post is the one that we Chose to do for the Girs...It was Fabulous! We had a small turnout because we had Major Floods in our area...but...the three girls who did your project were thrilled...I would post pics...but havent quiet figured out how yet. Thanks so very much!

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  24. Oh devine just no rain please!
    the girls love lovely dont they.

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  25. how clever are these? wow what a great idea for a birthday party! stored away for future use...thanks heaps

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  26. Hi Maya... I am planning to make these adorable hats at my daughter's birthday party in a couple of weeks. I did a practice run this afternoon and had THE hardest time making the paper brim to stay rolled. Any suggestions? I was using plain newsprint, could that make a difference??? Love your blog and clever crafty ideas.

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  27. Hi Nancy! How great! As far a the brim- we just roll and tuck. It's never been a problem. Maybe you could try it with newspaper to see if that does make a structural difference. I'd be curious to hear what you discover. Have a great party!

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  28. Absolute magic! What a wonderful project -- love the big flowers!

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  29. So cute!! And adorable girls!

    I'd love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I'm sure you'll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-3.html

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  30. Thank you so much! We're going to a "Mad Hatter's" birthday party and we love your hats -- for this occasion decorating them with suitably silly things instead of flowers! :)

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  31. These are adorable. I made them with my daughter during 'H week' in her home preschool program. Check them out at www.blossominglearner.com/activites-h-week/

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