3. Let’s make a festive party hat first!
1. A pen or pencil for marking your paper.
2. A bone folder for curling paper (you can also use the pen for this).
3. A ruler for measuring out paper.
4. Scissors for cuttin’ dat paper.
5. A glue stick for makin’ things stick (make sure it’s non-toxic!).
6. Paper of your choice. It can be plain or patterned.
From the corner of a sheet of paper, cut a triangular shape. Each of the shorter sides should be about 3 inches long, and the longest side should be curved like the side of a circle. Don’t worry about making the curve perfect; we’ll be adjusting it later.
After that, snip a bit off the corner.
Using your bone folder, curl the paper so it’s easier to glue into a cone shape. Otherwise, the paper might bend and wrinkle when you try and bend it into a cone.
Your pen will also suffice if you don’t know what a bone folder is.
You should notice that your triangular piece of paper is naturally curving into a cone shape already. Use your glue stick to join both the edges, making sure to leave a small opening at the top. I suppose this is technically a funnel, but that’s beside the point.
Trim the base of your
cone funnel so that it lies flat, or at least flat enough. This is going on a cat’s head, after all, and cat heads are varying degrees of lumpy and furry.
Take a moment to admire your work so far. Everyone is proud of you.
Cut a rectangular piece of different colored paper, roughly 3 inches by 2 inches. Then, make a bunch of little cuts on one end, stopping about half an inch from the other side. This is what they called “fringe” in the 1970s.
Use your bone folder again to curl the fringe (or your pen, if you still don’t know what a bone folder is).
Carefully roll this piece of paper up, keeping the side without fringe as tight as possible.
Once your fringe is all folded up, shimmy it into the smaller opening of your cone. If the opening isn’t large enough, you can cut it larger.
Turn the hat over and squeeze a few drops of glue into the hat to keep everything intact. If you don’t have liquid glue, use your glue stick on the base of the curly fringe thingy before you stick it into the hat.
Write the new date on some colored paper (2014, if you weren’t sure), then cut around it. Glue it to your hat so your cat knows that this is a New Year’s hat and not a run-of-the-mill party hat.
Just kidding, cats can’t read.
18. OK, nevermind with that. Maybe your cat will be more cooperative later. Let’s make a second hat in the meantime.
Cut a rectangular strip of paper (about four inches by one and a half inches) and apply a thiner strip of paper to one end.
Cut the excess off the trim, and then curl the whole piece around and glue the edges together. It’s a cylinder! Congratulations!
Apply glue to the base of the cylinder in a circular motion. Then place the cylinder glue-side down on a piece of similarly patterned paper.
Using your fingers, lightly press around where the two pieces meet to insure they adhere. Once the glue is dry, trim around the base in a circular motion to create your brim.
Use the cool technique you’ve just learned on the other side of the cylinder, but make sure the pattern is facing the right way. But you knew that already, because you’re a smart cookie.
Once the glue is dry, trim around the cylinder. It’s best to trim bit by bit, and it’s helpful if your scissors are extra sharp. Once you’ve trimmed off the excess, if you want, you can run your glue stick around the top edge of the hat to reinforce it.
Write the date, cut it out, and glue it to the front of the hat. Or write it in glitter pen, if you have a glitter pen. I sort of wish I’d had a glitter pen.
Cut a few strips of paper, curl them, and glue them to the top of your hat. Add more. Add lots more! Go crazy! There are no rules in 2014.