New Years Eve Decorations

New Years Party Hat

Kids enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve, too! Whether you allow the kids to stay up until midnight or create an “early” New Year’s that keeps the kids bedtime routine, this New Year Party Hat will help the kids enjoy ringing in the New Year.  


Made by: Melanie East

Time: 30 minutes

Level: Moderate Handiness


Please note that this is a project designed to use with a Cricut machine (Explore series or newer) and Cricut Design Space.


  • Craft Dots™
  • One piece of 12 x 12 paper per hat
  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Design Space compatible device (laptop, iPad, etc.)
  • Length of thin elastic
  • Hole punch
  • Optional: Hat topper or other embellishments

Open Cricut Design Space. Click “New Project” to open a new project canvas. Click “Project.” In the project search bar, type in “New Year Party hat.” Insert the image onto the project canvas. Resize if desired.  Send the project to the Cricut machine. Cut out the cardstock on the LightGrip cutting mat. Remove the card stock from the LightGrip cutting mat.

Place a few Craft Dots at the top of the back side of the cardstock.

Then press your topper to the Craft Dots. For our party hats we used shredded tissue paper.  Glue-Dots-Party-Hat-streamers
Place Craft Dots on the hat's side tab.

Roll the hat to secure the Craft Dots to the other side of the hat.

Use the hole punch to create a hole on each side of the hat.

Cut an elastic strip long enough to comfortably fit around your head to hold the hat in place. Run one end of the elastic through each hole and knot the elastic to hold in place.


Use the paper scraps to create coordinating confetti or other party decorations. Grab whatever embellishments you have on hand - poms, ric rac, etc.- to let kids decorate their own hat. The metallic paper combined with colorful papers is a fun way to make a classic New Year’s look kid-friendly.

 ~ Melanie