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Monday, April 14, 2014

Semi DIY Pom-Pom Party Hats

How many of you browse through all the amazing DIY party hat posts on Pinterest and imagine a world where it's normal to wear party hats every single day? Well I do. 

I'm a pretty ok diy-er. I wouldn't say I'm the greatest, I've had my fair share of fails. But I always give it a good try. I had planned to make my son's party hats entirely from scratch, but as I browsed through the party isles at target these cute but boring hats stood out to me. I figured giving them a little pizzaz rather than going all out from a-z wouldn't be such a bad idea, since the color scheme fit my fun circusy palette. The first thing that came to mind was yellow pom-pom tops.

There are millions of pom pom tutorials all over the web, but I kind of went off of how I remembered doing them. So here's what you'll need for this fun, little project:

Some party hats don't have that opening at the top (you know where they were folded into a cone), so be sure to find some that do split. Does that make sense? I hope so.

The most time consuming part of this is making however many poms you need. It's mindlessly easy, but like I said, takes a few minutes per "bug" as my son likes to call them.

Start by wrapping the yarn around three fingers, like in the pictures. The poms turn out perfectly fluffy, the thicker your initial wrap is. I'm not going to give you a number of loops to do, just do what feels right. Make it really thick. You'll also learn as you go, trial and error my friends.

When you are done wrapping, get your thumb in there to hold it together and wrap the center tight, looping around a few times.

Take your fingers out, tighten and loop through to secure.

Start to trim all the yarn loops, be sure to keep clear of the center and that long strand that is hanging from it.

Once all your loops are cut, shape the pom by pulling it a little, here and there, to get that circular look and then begin to trim it into the perfect circular shape.

Snip. Snip. Snip. Again, be sure not to cut that longer piece hanging from the center. That will be how you attach your pom to the party hat.

Once you're done, work that longer strand of yarn into the hat and tug it tight. Glue gun the piece to the inner part of your hat and then add some glue to the top tip of the hat, beneath the pom, to secure it into shape (it will flop and bounce if you don't).

And there you have it, a fun and really quick way to spiff up and personalize boring party hats.


  1. That's really cute! I need to give those pom-poms a try! :-D

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