I saw this birthday hat on etsy, and could NOT get myself to fork out the $55 for it. Although I REALLY wanted it for Baby Girl Barker’s birthday, I just couldn’t get myself to double my budget (the whole party only cost me $50 total!).
So what’s a craft/diy blogger to do? MAKE HER OWN!!
This took a bit of time, and planning, but it was SO worth it! Also, Baby Girl Barker did not keep it on longer than, oh….2 minutes!) But it was worth it even for that, then it made a cute décor item too.
I used the fabulous glitter paper from Doodlebug Designs for the hat. There was glitter everywhere, but again, so worth it!
Here’s a template you can use for your hat. I found that the regular birthday hats were too big for the little one year olds head. So I made my own!
(downloadable template coming soon)
Trace the template onto the back of your paper, then cut it out along the lines.
Then wrap it around, and glue one end to the other.
Then, take a long strip of tulle, and hot glue it around the bottom. I just put a small bead of glue about 1 inch long, then “ruffled” the tulle down onto the glue. Continue this all the way around the brim of the hat!
I then made a tulle pom pom.
Start by wrapping the tulle around your fingers (because they are handy, and you don’t have to go searching for them!). Then take some sting, I used bakers twine, and tie around the center.
Pull the string tight, and cut the loops to make the “fringe” of the pom pom.
Then hot glue it to the top of the hat. I wrapped some of the twine around the tip of the hat, just for looks.
Make a bow with coordinating ribbon, and attach it to the side of the hat.
I attached 2 small loops to the sides of the hat so I could bobby pin it to her piggy tails!
See, told you the time and effort was worth it. She’s just so dang cute!