Party Hats

Age Range: 5 - 10 years
Time Required: 10 - 20 minutes
Fundamental: Service

Every celebration needs a party hat! Will you make yours for?  A birthday party? Or maybe for our Centenary Celebrations...?

Materials Needed

  • Piece cardboard approx. 30cm x 30cm 
  • Piece or ribbon or elastic 
  • Some crepe paper/ party streamers/ ribbons 
  • Textas, markers or pencils 
  • Scissors 
  • Hole Punch 
  • Stapler or sticky tape 


  1. Lay out your cardboard and measure 30cm across the top and 30cm down the left side. Mark the length with a dot.
  2. Draw a slightly curved line between the two dots. And cut along the curved line. 
  3. Bring the 2 measured sides together- the top and the side, to make a cone shape to see how it will look. Then lay the card flat again and decorate with names, celebrations messages or words and colourful pictures.
  4. Turn the card over so you are looking at what will be the inside, attach some lengths of ribbon to the top point with tape. You can use crepe paper streamers, fabric, paper, or curling ribbon.
  5. Now roll the card into a cone shape again with a an overlap of about 2cms at the bottom, staple in place. Add a few more staples or pieces of tape up the join to secure.
  6. Elastic can be added as a chin strap, mark the hat on each side just above the ears. Then use a hole punch and tie on the elastic or staple the elastic to hold it in place. Two pieces of ribbon could also be used and tied under the chin.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

As a Girl Guide you make to make hats for the other Guides in your Unit or Girls in your class when it is your Birthday instead of sharing cake. 

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

As a Unit Leader you may like to get your Unit together for a Centenary Celebration make hats & play games and then send a picture into Guide House so we can see how you party!

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

As a Unit you could celebrate all your Birthdays on one day once a year as it is hard to remember every girls Birthday and make it special. Some Birthdays are in the holidays!

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

A crafty idea


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