I don’t know about you but I’m always taken by surprise when New Year rolls around, I’m so distracted by Christmas it’s a bit ‘oh! there you are’ on NYE.
If your experience is anything like mine you’ll need a make which is easy on the budget and low hassle. I present to you cut out party hats.
You will need:
A4 coloured card/paper (one sheet per hat)
Glue/Double sided tape
Cut a corner off your sheet, at a 45 degree angle. Don’t worry if you don’t have a protractor – just fold a scrap piece of paper to a point on one of the corners and use as a guide.
Make the first fold by matching your cut edge to the top edge of the paper. Essentially making a point from that wide angle you just created.
Fold at least twice more. My paper was quite thick so this is as far as mine would go without forcing it, but feel free to keep folding.
Find the shortest edge going across your hat, and cut the excess off at this point.
Unfold to check your curve is ok, if not neaten any points with scissors.
Fold back up and make your cuts. This is generally easier with paper but then if you over cut you weaken your hat so keep a good balance!
Make sure you keep a line at the bottom in tact so you can add your string and wear your hat.
Unfold and survey your masterpiece.
Iron this flat or leave under a heavy box/book for a few hours. The thinner your paper/card the more of your creases you will get out, but don’t worry too much, you won’t really notice on the finished item.
Retrieve that discarded corner from earlier, and cut a strip from the longest edge.
Cover in glue or double sided tape and assemble your hat. I then cut a second strip and stuck inside to strengthen the hold.
Bit of a Blue Peter moment here…place bit of blu tac/banana under your hat edge and use something sharp to make a hole. Repeat on opposite side.
Now, I had some elastic lying around. If you do too, measure it under your chin and round the sides of your head, but make sure to cut it slightly shorter than this distance so that there’s some pull to keep it in place. Push through the hole and tie a knot on the inside.
If you don’t have elastic do not despair; string or thin wool will work too, you can just do two long strips and tie in a bow under your chin.
Put on head, have great time.