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How to Make a New Year's Eve Party Hat

Paper Mache New Year's Party Hat

New Year's Eve Party Hat on our artistLearn how to make a great New Year's Eve party hat out of cardboard and paper mache. With a few simple steps you will be bringing in the New Year with creative style.
This paper mache project is super simple and great for someone wanting to learn the versatile art of paper mache.

Link to a Free "how to" video : https://youtu.be/NnwhU8TVenI
Quick List
Recycled Newspaper
Masking Tape
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
H20 and Rags

Steps to Make Your New Year Party Hat

1. Build Your Armature
New Years Eve Party Hat armature

Draw a circle onto your cardboard and cut the circle out. Find the center on your cardboard circle to draw one pie shape. Cut the one pie shape out of the cardboard circle. Notes: The larger circle you draw, the taller your cone will be.

making a Party Hat

When you cut the pie here is something to remember: If you cut out a small pie cutout, you get a wide cone and vice versa, you produce a narrow funnel cutting a wide wedge.

2.  Paper Mache the Party hat
1st Session
Cover the hat armature with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper soaked in paper mache paste. Lay your paper flat onto your hat armature and work out all air bubbles. Keep Appling paper with paste soaked hands until the inside and out is covered.

If the cardboard is thick you may cover with 2 to 3 layers of paper and mache paste, you decide.

New Years Eve Party HatOnce you have covered the party hat with paper mache they must completely dry.
The size of your Party Hat will determine how long it will take to dry. But roughly it will take 24 hours.

Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM
If you need once the Party Hat has dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off before painting.

Poke Holes
Remember to poke a hole on each side of your hat to add a ribbon.

3. Paint New Year's Party Hat
Paint a white coat of primer paint on your party hat to give a white canvas for painting and keep the newspaper print from bleeding through.

paint varnish and glitter on your hat

Once the base coat as dried we paint with a layer of acrylic paints and after the varnish we added special glitter to our hats.
Let all you painting completely dry before sealing with varnish.

4. Varnish and Protect
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection.
Follow the instructions on your varnish to apply. We use Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to seal all our paper mache art.

Minwax Varnish comes in a can in gloss or stain to apply with a brush, apply 3 to 4 coats and let it dry.

5. Hanger and Ribbon
Add a ribbon and place on top of your beautiful head.

Party New Year's Hat Wrap Up

Completed New Year's Eve Party Hat

This is just one way to make a New Year's Party Hat for the big night; we would love to see your paper mache party hats.

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