DIY Photo Birthday Party Hats

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These DIY photo birthday party hats are an easy and inexpensive way to add a little personalization to your party and entertain your guests with photos!

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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

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.

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!

How To Make These DIY Party Hats – Step by Step 

  • 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 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!
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diy party hat with template

Using the Template for these DIY Party Hats

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.

shot of tissue paper being cut
fringe around the diy party hat

 A Great Way to Personalize a Party!

These party hats add a really personal touch to a party, any party really! From kids parties to retirement parties, these work across all age ranges! 

You can opt for a funny pic or something more flattering, up to you and the tone you want to set. Whatever the case, they make for great photo ops!

An Easy Craft Project!

These party hats are a cinch to make, especially with the downloadable template. It just takes a few minutes per hat and you can customize them quickly with a fringe too.

In fact, you can get creative with your hat decorations, why not add some glitter or even mini pom-poms, the sky’s the limit!

Top Tips for These DIY Party Hats

  • Use the template provided.
  • Hold the photo and template up to the light so you can see where to place the photo.
  • Customize the hats with a fringe, glitter or whatever crafting materials you want!

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Photo birthday hat

Photo Birthday Party Hats

These DIY photo birthday party hats are an easy and inexpensive way to add a little personalization to your party and entertain your guests with photos!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 hat
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Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • Hat template
  • 8 x 11 picture of the person you're celebrating.
  • tissue paper
  • elastic string

Instructions

  • 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!
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14 thoughts on “DIY Photo Birthday Party Hats”

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

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  1. 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”

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  2. 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!

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