These free printable birthday party hats are fun to make and wear -- whether for kids or adults with small heads. :-)
Even if you don't think of yourself as the crafty type and you never even considered that you could make your own party hats, the templates and detailed instructions on this page make this project easy and fun. It's also a great way to get kids involved with making their own party decorations. And the best thing is, these templates are free!
I tried to provide a little something for everyone when creating the designs. I've included the following:
- Circus clowns
- Jungle safari animals
- Fairy princess
- Strawberries and ladybugs
- Western denim and cowhide
- Pirate skull and crossbones
- Stars (in two color schemes)
I hope you have fun making these hats. Please feel free to share your photos if you make them! I'd love to see how people use them.
Please scroll down to vote in my poll and see a video with easy and fun kids party game ideas.
Download the birthday hat templates below
Ladybugs and Strawberries
Western Denim and Cowhide
Orange and Pink
Blue and Purple
Supply List and Instructions
- Printer and color ink (You can also have the pages printed professionally by a digital printer, office supply store, scrapbook paper printer, etc.)
- 8 1/2" x 11" bond paper, photo paper or thin cardstock that will work with large amounts of color ink
- Scissors or a craft knife and cutting board
- Glue stick (recommended), glue or tape to make seams in the hats
- String, yarn or elastic to hold the hats on the kids' heads
- Small decorative buttons or medium-sized beads to anchor the string, yarn or elastic in place
- Glue to hold the buttons or beads in place
- Masking tape to place behind the string holes, so they don't tear.
- Glitter glue to decorate the hats
- Fringe for the bottom edges
- Plastic, yarn or paper streamers for the tops
Step 2. Locate the hat template on your hard drive and print as many of them as you need. If you'll be using an outside printing service, you may want to get extra prints in case you make mistakes when cutting.
Plain bond paper actually works well for these hats, but you might also want to try photo paper or thin card stock. Whatever paper you use, make sure the colors look sharp and defined. If the paper is too porous or thin, the colors will appear washed out.
Step 3. Cut along the outer edge of the hat shape carefully, with scissors or a craft knife and cutting board. There aren't too many projects on which I would actually recommend scissors before a craft knife, but this is one of them. If you use a scissors and go slowly, I think you'll find it's pretty easy to cut around the hat shape.
Step 4. Fold the flap along the white line, so when you look at the blank side of the hat, you'll see the colored flap. Then, use either a glue stick, glue or tape to affix the flap to the other side of the hat. I prefer the glue stick method, because I find it easier to work with. So these instructions are based on that.
Place a piece of cardboard or paper underneath the flap to keep the glue stick from getting on the rest of the paper. You'll be gluing the side that has printing on it. Once the glue is in place, align the flap and the other edge of the hat template so they bottom out at the same place. Gently squeeze the seam and rub your fingers up and down it for as long as it takes to make sure it's flat and the glue is holding. Once the glue is dry, round out the seam by placing your finger gently inside the point of the hat.
Step 5. Place a small piece of masking tape behind each small, white hole on either side of the hat, and then poke small holes with a pin or hole puncher. Use yarn or string long enough to tie under the chin of one of the children who will be wearing it, so you can get the right length. Alternatively, you can use thin elastic strung from one side to the other, using a child as a model to make it fit without being uncomfortable.
To attach the string, yarn or elastic, tie a bead or small button in a matching color to one end. Position this on the outside of the hat and then thread the string or elastic through the hole, toward the center. Repeat this on the other side if you're using string. If you're using elastic, thread the remaining loose end through the hole on the other side, and then tie a bead or button to it to hold the elastic in place. Put a little glue under the buttons or beads to hold them in place.
Once you get the length correct on one hat, cut two sets (if you're using string) or one set (if you're using elastic) for every hat you'll be making. That will ensure they will all be the same.
Step 6 (optional). You can also embellish these in the following ways:
- Add streamers that come out of the top, which can be cut from paper or thin plastic, or made of short lengths of ribbon. Curling ribbon will give the streamers a fun, distinctive look.
- Add touches of glitter glue to make some of the small details in the designs pop. Don't use too much, however, or the paper will buckle.
- Add ribbon, rickrack, fuzzy yarn balls, fringe or other embellishments to the bottom of the hats to make them more distinctive. Your local sewing or craft store will probably have many options to choose from.
You may use these free printable birthday party hat templates to make hats for yourself or your family and friends. But you may not sell them in printed or digital form; give them away free, either individually or in a group; or incorporate them into commercial products, collections or image kits. If you would like visitors to your site or blog to see these party hat designs, please post just one or use a screenshot to post more than one and provide a link to this page or PrintablePartyKits.com. Please don't post an image without a link. Thanks!
If you have any questions, please contact Carla Chadwick at carla [@] b2bcontentsolutions [.com]. (Remember to remove the brackets and close the spaces before sending the e-mail.)
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Thanks to the following talented designers whose fonts and images were used in these printable birthday party hats or in the graphics on this page:
- Kevin and Amanda (kevinandamanda.com/fonts/)
- Helga Stolzenwald (GrannyArt.Blogspot.com)
- Trina Clark and Clipart4Resale (DigiScrapKits.com)
- Le Petit Scrap (YoyoScrap.Blogspot.com)
- Artshare (Artshare.ru)
- Delicious Scraps (DeliciousScraps.com)
- Jamie Dell (JamieDellScraps.Blogspot.com)
Faria on September 13, 2015:
I can't download the hat template :(
Annie on February 03, 2012:
I find this page sooo helpful.good job!
cashmere from India on January 16, 2012:
I love the ladybug and strawberries, but my son is more likely to go with the lions
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 18, 2011:
They can definitely be made by kids, you just have to keep in mind whether they're old enough to use scissors responsibly. If they're too young to be able to cut them out safely and well, an adult can cut them and the kids can glue them together. You can also provide embellishments, such as glitter, sequins, feathers, fringe, etc., so the kids can decorate them.
wmspringer on December 18, 2011:
How difficult are these to make? Can kids do them themselves?
Cristiana on December 06, 2011:
I came across this site by chance, but it really has some great ideas! I did enjoy it a lot!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 04, 2011:
I'm glad the has were helpful, JC!
JC on December 03, 2011:
Thank you so much for the Party Hat printables. They are so cutie. Found out at the last minute that they forgot about party hats for my grandsons party. Your site help me to save that problem.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on September 03, 2011:
I can't even remember.
Trsmd from India on September 03, 2011:
At what birthday party did you last have party hats?
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on April 11, 2011:
Thanks, eventsyoudesign! :-)
eventsyoudesign from Nashville, Tennessee on April 11, 2011:
Hey! I really like the hats. Great to find you. I will read more articles. Teresa
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 24, 2011:
You're welcome, Becky and RTalloni! Thanks for the kind words.
RTalloni on January 23, 2011:
These are great! Thanks!
Becky from Oklahoma on January 23, 2011:
What great ideas. Love all the free party hats and invitations. I'm sure many people can use this Hub about "Free Printable Birthday Party Hats" Thanks for an awesome Hub.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 08, 2011:
You're welcome! If you take pictures of the kids wearing one of the hat designs, I would love to see them.
daisyjae from Canada on January 08, 2011:
This is great because it is my kids birthday this weekend, thanks for this!