As promised here is the birthday hat I made for my nephew! It is a simple cone design that can can be customized with shapes, numbers, and a super fun pom-pom! I chose polka dots to match his birthday banner!
- Stiff felt
- Scraps of soft felt
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric marker
- Cut a length of stiff felt about 6-1/2″ x 12″. This size can be larger for an older kid or adult if preferred.
- Pinch the middle of one of the twelve inch sides of felt and roll the felt into a cone. Be careful not to crease the felt too much. Apply hot glue where the two edges overlap.
- Use a ruler to measure the length from the tip of the cone to the shortest point on the side. This should be about 6″. Use the marker and the ruler to place marks around the bottom of the cone to satisfy your measurement. Cut around the cone following the marks until the bottom of the cone is even all the way around.
- Cut a length of ribbon so that it will be long enough to tie in a bow under the child’s chin. With the seam in the back of the hat, glue one end of the ribbon on the outside of one side of the cone. Repeat this process with the other end of the ribbon. Make sure these two ends are directly across from each other. Cut the middle of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
- Cut a strip of felt in a complimentary color about 1″ wide (to cover up the ribbon ends from step 4). Make sure this strip is long enough to surround the entire bottom edge of the cone. Glue the strip to the bottom edge of the cone.
- Cut out a birthday number or other shapes in different colors and use the glue to decorate the hat.
- Apply a large spot of hot glue to the tip of the hat and hold the pom-pom in place until the glue sets.
- You’re all finished! Let the celebrations begin!
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