We had a casual playground party for Maia this weekend and, being who I am, I couldn't help but include an art activity. I decided on decorate-your-own party hats which turned out to be surprisingly popular (considering all the fun playground equipment vying for attention).
Using a commercial party hat as a template, I cut out blank ones from white poster board, stapled them closed, punched holes in the sides, and tied on chin straps. Super easy. I used elastic string from the fabric store for some of the chin straps but ran out and had to use yarn for the rest.
I stocked a picnic table with the blank hats and decorating supplies including markers, ribbon, lace, feathers, glue, pink paper easter grass, yarn, and stickers.There were several people at the table every time I looked -- drawing, cutting, gluing, embellishing. The results were pretty fantastic.
Here's the birthday girl in her party hat and Josie in the background, carrying hers.