photo birthday party hats

I adore these picture perfect photo birthday party hats!! I absolutely love personalizing birthdays and making them special with small details. I had a request this weekend (from a sweet 5 year-old! haha) to make her a birthday hat just like the one I made for her brother. I’m telling you, people love these photo party hats! I made them for my father-in-law’s 60th birthday as well and they’re always a hit at the party and look adorable on children! I saw the idea in Martha Stewart last year and I still use the same template from her site… I made a few adjustments, read below for the how-to
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How funny are these pictures Zan captured of our best friend’s little boy?! It was his first birthday and I know these pictures will be memorable to him one day.
Download the template from here, I scale it to fit one size of regular paper rather than legal size. I like the size of them better this way and it’s easier! Print out your favorite picture of the person you’re celebrating.  It’s best if you have the picture printed 8×11 so you have room to move the template around.
A little smaller works too…
Cut the template out and tape it to the photo. Hold it up to the light to see the picture shine through, so you know exactly where you’re placing the template and what will bee seen on your hat. Then, cut around the template.
Using an X-acto knife cut the straight line. This is where you will fold the hat together and insert the the flaps on the other side, so it stays put.
If you want to add fringe, fold a long piece of tissue paper and using Martha Stewart fringe scissors cut along the bottom of one edge.
Tape the fringe to the inside of the hat and voila your party hat is done!
Below is a pic of the beautiful birthday girl, who wore her hat ALL evening! And that’s the hat I made for my father-in-law’s 60th birthday!
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14 responses to photo birthday party hats

  1. Amy R.
    February 21, 2012

    SUPER CUTE!! Adorable shots 😉

  2. February 21, 2012

    This is just the cutiest!!! Erica

  3. February 22, 2012

    Oh this is such a cute idea!!! My dad’s 50th is this year, and I will definitely have to do these. I might do multiple baby/toddler photos. It will be great!

  4. February 23, 2012

    Photos always add a special touch. These hats are darling!

  5. February 26, 2012

    So cute – you prove that party hats don’t have to be dull & kitschy!Love it!

  6. February 27, 2012

    What a creative idea! So fun!

  7. March 6, 2012

    What a cute idea! I’d LOVE one of these!

    Maria xx

  8. April 9, 2012

    Wow! I LOVE this idea and will totally use it when my college friends and I get together this summer to celebrate all of us turning 60. I saw your post from “tip Junkie”

  9. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012

    You are the DIYest…Love all the ideas and tips

  10. February 21, 2013

    Constructing your own cone party hats adds a special touch to the celebration.

  11. Sheri
    July 28, 2015


    Such a cute idea – what did you use to hold the hats on?


    1. Eden
      July 28, 2015

      Hi Sheri! We used an elastic string that’s clear. You can find them in the beading and jewelry area of a craft store!

  12. Taylor
    April 28, 2016

    Love these! Are you printing them on photo paper or standard printer paper?

    1. Eden
      April 30, 2016

      Hi Taylor! I used photo paper so they were thick!

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