New Years Eve Party Hat & Popper {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

I’m so excited to be posting here again at So You Think You’re Crafty! I wanted to share a fun and easy New Year’s Eve craft with you today.

Every year my all of husbands family travels to South Carolina to visit my Mother-In-Law for New Year’s Eve. We open Christmas presents, eat to much, and play fun board games with the whole family. Apples to Apples can get pretty intense! This is the fourth year that we are celebrating this tradition. I wanted to make something special for the kids this year, so I decided a party hat and confetti popper would be a lot of fun!

Let’s start with the popper.
 1. You know all those toilet paper and paper towel rolls you’ve been saving? You can finally use them! I used paper towel rolls and cut them into thirds.
2. Cut a line through the center of the tube almost all the way around, then punch a hole at both ends.
3. Tie a piece of yarn through the holes you punched. Cut a piece of wrapping paper as wide as the tube plus the yarn and about 8 inches long. Use a glue stick and add glue to the edges of the tube. ONLY THE EDGES! If you glue the whole thing you will not be able to rip the paper. Trust me. It happened.
4. Before you finish gluing fold over the edge of the paper, then glue that down.
5. Tie off one of the ends with a small piece of yarn.
6. Fill the tube with confetti, then tie off the other end.
I’m sure my Mother-In-Law is seeing this and thinking “Not in my living room!”. We’ll do this outside Bonnie!
Now on to the hat!
1. Start with a 12×12 sheet of card stock (any color), and cut out a cone shape.
2. Cut the same shape out of wrapping paper, leaving about a half an inch all the way around.
3. Roll the card stock into the shape of a cone and staple it. A glue stick wont hold it. Again, it happened.
4. Apply a glue stick to the hat then wrap it with wrapping paper. Again, fold over the edge to have a clean line.
5. Apply glue to the bottom inside of the hat, and fold the paper under.
6. Admire your hat!
7. Cut a few lengths of crepe paper about 24 inches long. I used 3 here. Fold them in half.
8. Using fun scissors, cut fringe in the crepe paper.
9. Glue each strip of crepe paper to the bottom of the hat, stacking them on top of each other as you clue. Gentle fluff the fringe after you finish gluing.
10. Find some numbers you like to use as a stencil. I bought these at a teachers supply store years ago when I was teaching, and still use them a ton!
11. Trace the letters BACKWARDS on the WRONG SIDE of a piece of card stock. Glue the numbers to the front of the hat.
12. Punch holes on the bottom of the hat, on each side where ears would be. Cut a piece of yarn long enough to tie under your chin, then tie it through each hole.
Ok, time to pop the confetti! Hold the string firmly, then pull apart!
Happy New Year! I for one will be enjoying time with my boys and nieces. It’s a far cry from how I used to spend my New Year’s Eves, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
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