Nate has to work on New Year's Eve this year. Kind of a bummer, but with the new baby still so young I doubt we'd be doing anything too wild anyway. I've decided to lounge around at home with the boys and maybe a couple of family friends. We'll make crafts and do kid-friendly stuff to make it a really memorable year for the little ones! First up on the docket? DIY party hats.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

Some Boy and Sidekick are obsessed with the Madagascar series. When I heard that Netflix was coming out with All Hail King Julien, a show entirely dedicated to the spunky little lemur character, our New Year's Eve theme was set. We worked with Netflix to come up with these King Julien-inspired DIY party hats that are absolutely perfect for a jungle-style New Year's celebration.

DIY Party Hat Inspired by King Julien

DIY party hat craft kid craft for a child-friendly New Year (great kid's craft idea to keep them busy while the adults prep food and whatnot)

What I love most about these DIY party hats is that kids and adults alike can have a blast with them. It was fun watching the children come up with their designs, but I'll admit I had just about as much fun with my creation as they did.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

For these DIY party hats, you'll need some artificial greenery/feathers/silk flowers (the kind that is on a pick for potting), markers or paint pens, papier-mâché mini pots and elastic for chin straps.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

Let the kids go to town coloring the pots, which will serve as the main structure of your DIY party hats.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

You'll need a strong skewer or small screwdriver or drill to poke holes in the top for the greenery.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

The kids can poke their chosen feathers and flowers into the top for DIY party hats that reflect their own personal style.

DIY party hat craft for a kid-friendly New Year

Sidekick's crowning achievement is on the left. I had to help him a little with the leaves, but the glittery balls were all his own doing.

3-step easy party hat. Such a fun craft for kids!

People keep asking if I'm going to keep trying for a girl to do girly things with, but I don't really get it. I've obviously taught my boys a love of pink feathers and sparkly things. What more do I need?

New Year's Eve party hat kid craft inspired by Madagascar 3's King Julien

Some Boy's DIY party hat totally looks like the crown that King Julien wore in Madagascar 3. I'm actually not sure why his crown was different in that movie, but I'm sure the boys could tell you. They tend to pick up on the nuances a bit more than I do.

Madagascar and King Julien-inspired craft

As for my creation, well…you can probably figure out who played my muse.

In addition to making more DIY party hats on New Year's Eve, we're also going to be watching All Hail King Julien and dancing around to “Move It, Move It.” There may also be some rainstick crafts and safari-themed decor. When we have a jungle party, we go ALL out.

All Hail King Julien premieres on Netflix tomorrow! Will you be tuning in? You can find more information and all sorts of activities on