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.
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
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.
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.
Let the kids go to town coloring the pots, which will serve as the main structure of your DIY party hats.
You'll need a strong skewer or small screwdriver or drill to poke holes in the top for the greenery.
The kids can poke their chosen feathers and flowers into the top for DIY party hats that reflect their own personal style.
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.
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?
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.
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.