Recycled Party Hats

Ring in the new year with a "green" start! These adorable hats were made with materials right from our recycling bin. Teaching my kids to reuse, recycle, and create is definitely one of my resolutions for the new year!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I love when we can dig into our recycle bin and show the kids that trash can become treasures! To start, make your hat form with containers. We used small yogurt containers, a large yogurt lid, and a berry basket for our hats.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    While you let the hats dry a bit, prepare the glue mixture. We mixed about 1/4 water to 3/4 glue and added some glitter. (This was a great way to use glitter without the mess. It was right in the glue mixture and stayed put!)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Paint the glue right over tissue squares on the hats until you cover the entire hat. My two old is pretty good at this. The sponge brush is much easier for him to use.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Look at that! You can hardly tell what the hat's made out of now. Once your hat is completely covered, it will need to dry before decorating any further. (Since I did this part with my two-year-old, it was perfect. I like breaking things up for him.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    While Grayson napped, my five-year-old stepped in to decorate the hats. Collect all sorts of pretty things to fancy up your hat. We chose a pretty butterfly, feathers, and a button and added the doodads to the hats using tacky glue.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Once the hats are decorated and somewhat dry, you can punch holes in the sides of the hat and string some elastic or yarn through the holes to wear the hat. Yes, this hat is totally functional!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    My daughter would wear this hat to school everyday if I let her. Who am I kidding? I will let her! I think I want to wear this hat every day!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    This craft really got my children thinking outside the box (or inside the recycle box!). My five-year-old, especially, has gotten bit by the trash-to-treasure bug!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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