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5 DIY New Year’s Decorations

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Homemade Party Hats

You don’t have to hit a big box store for party hats. With this simple template, you can turn whatever reclaimed paper and cardboard you have handy into sweet party hats for your guests.  To make these hats even more special, try painting or collaging on them to add a little oomph. Your guests will love your custom hats – they have so much more character than ones you can buy at the store!

Bonus Project: Simple Noisemakers

If you have some of those black eyed peas left over from filling your votive holders, you can turn them into sweet little noisemakers for your guests! Just cut a paper towel roll into 3 equal pieces and paint or collage on the tubes to decorate. When the tubes are dry, fill them up with black eyed peas, use rubber bands to secure fabric tightly over the ends, and get ready to shake in the new year!

Are you guys whipping up any DIY New Year’s decorations? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!

Image Credit: Pile of Paper photo via Thinkstock

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:17PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Kind of kooky...thanks for sharing.

12:21PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

10:11PM PST on Dec 4, 2012


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5:54PM PST on Jan 29, 2012


5:45PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

No New Years party here. Did chill with a friend though, but not because of the holiday.

4:04PM PST on Jan 2, 2012


10:13AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

liked some of this

11:17PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

The ornament trees look nifty. It's not a good idea to decorate with anything edible if you have pets.

10:01PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

thanks for the advice....

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