For Target Tuesday this week, I thought I would show you how to take a really simple product and turn it into something really special. I found these basic party hats at Target in the aisle with all the goody bag supplies and paper party products.
They were very inexpensive ($1.49) and came in a package with eight hats. With some pretty scrapbook papers, trims, and some glue you can turn them into completely customized hats. I like to make these for all my parties and often make them for clients as well. To begin, open up one of the hats and lay it flat to form your template (you can put it back together later). Lay your template on top of a piece of scrapbook paper (right-side up) and trace all around it. Then, carefully cut out the shape. It will look something like this:
Trace and cut out enough for all of the hats that you want to make. It's fun to use a variety of color-coordinated, patterned papers. I just LOVE these prints by Heather Bailey!
Next, glue your paper cut-outs to the party hats, trying to match up the seams as neatly as possible. If it isn't perfect, don't worry - you'll be trimming the edges anyway. Now, for the fun part... embellishing! I chose tissue paper garland, paper flowers, and rhinestones, but you can you use anything you want. I've also had great success with pom-pom fringe (so cute) and millinery flowers are really beautiful when making a hat for someone special.
When you are done with your decorating, you can replace that yucky elastic band that comes with the hats with some pretty lengths of ribbon - just glue them to the inside of the hat. That's it! Really pretty party hats to match any decor! Go make some now! :-)