DIY Dog Party Hat

DIY Dog Party Hat [pinit]

 

Ever since I was little, I've enjoyed dressing things up...my baby brother, my dogs, and now, my husband. :) Today I'm going to share an easy, 10-step project for a dog party hat. I made the first two hats probably 2 years ago. I put them on the dogs as part of a birthday surprise for my husband (then boyfriend). Since then, we've broken them out for all sorts of celebrations...

The hats are dog friendly (i.e., shred-proof, soft, and flexible) as well as super easy (and cheap) to make.

Supplies (for 1 dog hat):

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet of felt (you can buy packs of these at craft stores, WalMart, Target, etc.)
  • a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • a pair of scissors
  • 2 strips of ribbon (each strip should be at least 12" long, but it depends on the size of your dog)
  • additional scraps of felt (optional)
  • additional ribbon (optional)

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Party Hat

1. Start out with 1 sheet of felt.

DIY Dog Party Hat

2. Fold the top right corner down and to the left until the corner meets the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

3. Apply hot glue on the singly-ply part of the sheet.

DIY Dog Party Hat

4. Now, fold over the single-ply strip to seal that side of the sheet. Fold over the small remaining corner (seen in the left photo above). Then trim the open end of the sheet so you're left with a cone shape.

Tip: If you have a small dog, just cut the cone shorter for a smaller hat. This hat should fit a medium to large dog, anywhere from 50 to 100 lbs.

DIY Dog Party Hat

5. After trimming, you should have your basic hat. If you're pressed for time, you can simply make a bunch of these in different colors. If not, you can add details and decoration with scraps of ribbon and felt...

DIY Dog Party Hat

6. Here, I added a scrap of pink felt to the top of the hat. Be sure to play around with the placement of the felt before applying your glue.

DIY Dog Party Hat

7. After finishing the pink top, I cut out strips of white felt to add a fringe trim along the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

8. Since you're dealing with a cone shape, it's easiest to do the bottom trim in two pieces. Here, I cut out the fringe with a bunch of short vertical cuts. Then I glued the trim to the hat.

DIY Dog Party Hat

9. I've been waiting a looong time to use this felt ribbon I bought on sale at Michaels...

DIY Dog Party Hat

10. Last step: glue your strips of ribbon to the inside of the hat. Don't forget to measure your dog's head first - make sure your strips of ribbon are long enough.

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Here are a couple other polka-dot hats from previous years...

DIY Dog Party Hats

In my experience, dogs keep them on for about 30 seconds while you tell them to stay. After they get their treat, they usually tilt their heads to make it slide off... but it's worth it for the photo opps!