New Year’s Party Hat

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Ring out the old boring party hats! Upcycle leftover Christmas decorations to bling in new, airbrushed party hats for your New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Party hat
  • Plastic headband
  • Recycled Christmas items: white shirt box, bows, silver tinsel garland
  • Small brad

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Compressor-Standard or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2 oz.: Opaque Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Lace fabric
  • Silver glitter
  • Adhesives: double-stick tape, all-purpose glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, scrap paper, straight pin, paper plate, plastic spoon, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Deconstruct party hat and use as template to trace onto shirt box. Use a small cup to trace a circle (clock base) and freehand draw two clock hand shapes onto the shirt box; cut out all shapes.

STEP 2

Cover work area with Cleaning Drop Cloth. Following manufacturer’s instructions, assemble airbrush to chosen air source.  Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Fluorescent Pink Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

STEP 3

Practice airbrushing on piece of paper before applying paint to project. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off.  Roller at front of airbrush allows flow of air to be adjusted.  To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of the paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Fluorescent Pink paint onto party hat.  (Note: Heavy amounts of paint may warp the cardboard, so keep coats of paint very light.)  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 4

Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, simply insert included wire tool into opening of cap and remove any dried paint.  If airbrush sit is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

STEP 5

To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place.  Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Lay lace fabric over painted party hat.  Lightly press trigger and spray light, smooth, even strokes of Opaque Black paint until lace is covered completely.

STEP 6

Carefully remove lace to reveal design.  Set aside to dry.

STEP 7

Airbrush clock face with Fluorescent Yellow Paint.  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 8

Apply glue to clock hands and run bead of glue along edge of circle as shown. Cover glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Brush off any excess glitter.

STEP 9

Securing all with double-stick tape, reassemble party hat into cone shape, attach tinsel to base and bows to top of hat. Using straight pin to start holes, poke brad through all pieces to form clock and attach to hat.  Position clock on opposite side of hat’s seam.

STEP 10

Cut small slits in sides of hat; slide headband through slits. If desired, use black marker to write, “Happy New Years,” or further personalize it by the adding the year or name.

Tips

  • Attach folded tape to the bottoms of your shapes to secure them while airbrushing and glittering.
  • Place items to be glittered on a paper plate for easy clean up and use a plastic spoon to sprinkle the glitter.
  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.

by Emma McDonald for The Testors Corporation (www.testors.com)

Quick-and-Easy New Year’s Countdown

Happy 2013! It’s Jill Cornell here today with a quick-and-easy idea to ring in the New Year. My New Year’s Eve celebrations have certainly changed over the years and are now more family-friendly. I created a set of countdown bags to ring in the New Year. You can certainly save this idea for next year or alter it to have family members write down resolutions or goals for 2013 to be pulled out periodically throughout the year. (My project today features the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Collection from American Crafts.)

Decorate the outside of each numbered bag as desired. Be sure to include the numbered hours and some fun papers and embellishments, like the Flutterbys Paper Garland shown here.

Inside each bag is a tag with a family-friendly activity such as playing a board game together, lighting a fire and drinking hot chocolate, family storytime, etc. The larger paper bags could also hold a treat or little gifts. A sprinkle of confetti was also added inside each bag. Depending on the ages of your children, you could start the countdown earlier in the day and adjust the number of bags you use accordingly.

Place the confetti in the bag. Add patterned paper or cardstock to a large tag with removable adhesive (this way you can reuse the tags on another project). Write down a family activity on the tag. Tie ribbon in bow on top of tag. Place tags in bags. 

The white bags are glassine (a little bit see-through) so the confetti looks pretty through the bag.

Enjoy ringing in the New Year and counting down with your family!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Party Hats

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some pizzazz to your New Year’s festivities by donning these easy-to-make party hats. Perfect for any party, these hats will add energy and fun to your kids’ New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Recycled clear plastic tub (Designer used sherbet container.)
  • Paper plate, 9”
  • Print paper: purple or green
  • Cardstock or construction paper: yellow, pink, orange, lime green, lavender
  • White chenille stems, eight, 6” lengths
  • Hot pink feather boa
  • Ribbon, 20” lengths: lime green, orange, yellow, pink, purple, fuchsia, bright pink
  • Pom-poms, four each: hot pink, lime green
  • Glitter: pink or blue
  • White cording, four 30” lengths

Tools

  • Number stamps
  • Black inkpad
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap

Directions

STEP 1

Use hole punch to punch holes on either side of tub edge. Insert cord lengths through holes; knot ends around top edge.

STEP 2

For hat brim, cut center from paper plate. Position plate over top of tub; adhere edges.

STEP 3

Cut 2-1/2”-wide print strips from paper and adhere around hat.

STEP 4

Use black inkpad and number stamp to stamp “2013” on cardstock. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut out numbers, forming squares. Use sponge scrap to apply glue on edges of squares. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter.

STEP 5

Bend ends of four chenille stems into coils. Adhere pom-poms on ends of coils. Adhere number squares on ends of other four chenille stems. Adhere chenille stems on front of hat.

STEP 6

Adhere boa around hat. Tie ribbon bow; glue on front of hat.

STEP 7

Measure and cut 20” ribbon lengths. Bundle lengths in center; tie knot. Adhere ribbon bundle on front of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Happy New Year T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, kids will enjoy making this fun and festive t-shirt to welcome the new year in style!

Materials

  • White t-shirt
  • Felt, light blue or light pink
  • Yellow rickrack
  • Clear star rhinestone
  • Orange pom-pom

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Blue, Ocean Blue, Wild Orchid, Pumpkin, Bright Green, Baby Pink, Royal Fuchsia, Yellow Light
  • Foam stamps: assorted, alphabet
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface), cardboard scrap

Directions

STEP 1

For hat shape, cut 7”-tall triangle from felt. Adhere hat onto center of shirt.

STEP 2

Insert cardboard scrap between shirt layers. Use alphabet stamps and paint colors of choice to stamp “HAPPY NEW YEAR” on shirt.

STEP 3

Use assorted stamps and paint colors of choice to stamp shirt as desired.

STEP 4

Measure and cut yellow rickrack to cover bottom of hat. Adhere rickrack on hat. Adhere orange pom-pom on top of hat. Adhere rhinestone on center of hat. Let dry.

STEP 5

Let shirt set for 72 hours before washing.

by Mary Ayres