Add a bit of kid-made charm to your next birthday celebration with this festive watercolor pom pom party hat garland!


  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Paint brushes
  • Glitter paint or glitter glue
  • Cord
  • Pom pom maker (This one is a Loome)
  • Cord
  • Beads
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • Glue gun (You could also use white craft glue if you like)
  • Fringing scissors (*Optional)
  • Yarn
  • Tray
  • Ruler
  • Pencil/eraser

We always find a smock helpful too:


  • Draw a line through the center of you paper with your ruler, going lengthwise. From there form triangles using the outer edges to form the top point of your triangles.

  • Don your smock. Paint your paper with any technique that you like. (We went with glitter paint followed by a liquid watercolor wash.) Allow to dry overnight.

  • Cut out your triangles. You could use scissors or a paper cutter.

  • Create your pom poms.

  • Punch two holes at the top portion of your triangle and attach your pom poms, just above. (Your pom poms will hide the hole from being seen on the front.)

  • Cut a length of your tissue paper and cut a fringe on either side, leaving a portion in the middle so you attach it to the bottom of the hat. Trim your fringe.

  • Lace your hats and beads, on your cord, creating a pattern if you like. To hold your hats in place, simply tape them to the cord on the back. We also included a small bead at either end for hanging up your garland.

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