How to Make Paper Cupcake Hats

Updated April 17, 2017

Cupcake-shaped hats are a fun alternative to traditional, store-bought party hats for your child's next birthday party. These hats are simple to make and they can be easily customised to individual revellers. For older kids, you can have them make their own hats for a fun party project. All you need are a few supplies and a creative spirit, and you'll have a paper cupcake hat in no time at all.

Cut a strip of cardboard 3- to 4-inches wide and long enough to fit around your head.

Make a circle out of the cardboard. Staple the ends together so that the circle fits your head.

Place the circle in the centre of a large piece of tissue paper.

Spread white glue all over the outside of the cardboard using a paint brush.

Bring the tissue paper up the sides of the circle so that it creates some bumps and lines in the tissue. The tissue paper-covered cardboard will be the cupcake wrapper, so you want it to mimic a real wrapper.

Fold the excess tissue paper over the edge of your cardboard circle, and glue it to the inside of the circle. Allow the glue to dry for 10 to 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.

Cut one line from the outside to the centre of a paper plate.

Pull one side of the cut over the other side. Staple it in place. This will give the plate a slightly rounded shape instead of lying flat.

Paint or colour the back of the plate. The back is the side off which you would not eat. This will be the top of the cupcake hat, so use whatever colour you want for your hat's icing.

Decorate the plate with balled up bits of tissue paper, small strips of paper coiled up to make polka dots or your favourite stickers. Small, circular stickers that are solid colours work well for sprinkles.

Poke four holes around the top edge of your cardboard circle, using a pen or scissor.

Line up the plate with the cardboard circle--based on how you would like it to sit on your head. Poke holes in the plate just above the holes in the circle. You will need two holes on the plate for every one hole in the cardboard circle.

Thread ribbon or string down through the two holes in the plate and then through the hole in the circle. Tie the ribbon on the inside of your hat, so the knot is not readily visible. Repeat for the three other connection spots.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Stapler
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Ribbon or string
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Lindsey Salloway started writing professionally in 2005. She has worked for various publications including the "Calgary Sun," "Calgary Journal" and "Penticton Western News." She also completed major journalism projects for various organizations such as the Foothills Country Hospice. Salloway holds a Bachelor of Communications in journalism from Mount Royal University.