Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Photo Booth Party Hats

Yesterday during Austin's "snowpocalypse" and my accompanying day off of work (see this for a good laugh), I was in the mood for some DIY. However, I didn't have any projects or supplies on hand, and I certainly wasn't hitting the roads with Texans that panic on the road when it rains. Instead, I started planning some ideas future projects, and also remembering old ones like these party hat photo booth props I made for our wedding.

This is a very easy DIY, and is infinitely adaptable to any theme or color scheme. Obviously, you can just wear party hats for the fun of it, but they are especially great when a photo booth is involved. You can see by the Smilebooth photos that they were a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and were a great addition to the overall palette and theme of the day.

DIY Photo Booth Party Hats


Card stock, construction paper, scrapbook paper, or heavy wrapping paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (or other quick-drying glue)
Thin elastic string (found at any craft store)
Optional: paint, pom poms, or other adornments


Simply trace any round object, like a mixing bowl, on your paper. Find the approximate center point; it doesn't have to be 100% exact, unless you want to pull some bisecting lines geometry stunts. Cut and remove a wedge from the paper, as seen below.

Roll the remaining Pacman of paper into a conical shape, overlapping the two edges of the wedge enough to line with hot glue and hold into place. Adorn with accessories, if desired. You can paint the paper before or after assembling the hat, but I did it before.

I used my own head to measure and cut a length of elastic string, remembering to make sure it fits when stretched and taut, not when loose, and hot glued it to the inside of the paper hat.

Wear hat with tipsy pride.


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