Homemade party hats and party poppers and streamers on grey background.

As we get closer to the end of the year and begin counting down to midnight, celebrate the holiday by making a few easy DIY crafts. Kids are sure to love playing with paper sparkler fireworks and party poppers while wearing their cute, watercolor party hats.

Sparkler Fireworks

You’ll need:

  • Jumbo straws in various colors
  • Paper or cellophane paper in various colors
  • Tin foil
  • Tape
  • Scissors


  1. Choose two colors of paper or cellophane and place a piece of tin foil between those sheets.
  2. Fold the layers in half lengthwise.
  3. Cut strips into the folded length about ¾ of the way, making sure not to cut all the way to the folded line.
  4. Wrap the uncut portion of the paper around the top of the jumbo straw and use tape to seal.
  5. Open the layers and fan out to create a firework effect.

Party Hats

You’ll need:

  • White construction paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A cup of water for watercolor paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • A tassel


  1. Place the piece of white construction paper lengthwise.
  2. Starting a few inches from the top, cut out a curved line across the page until you reach the other side. The curved edge at the bottom will become the bottom of your hat.
  3. Use your watercolors to paint the outside of the paper and let it dry.
  4. Wrap the dry paper around your head in a cone-like shape to measure how large it needs to be and glue the seam to seal the hat together.
  5. Glue one piece of ribbon to both sides of the cone to create your strap.
  6. Glue the tassel to the top of the hat.

Party Poppers

You’ll need:

  • Balloons in various colors
  • Tape
  • Construction paper in various colors and designs
  • Stickers
  • Confetti
  • Empty toilet paper rolls


  1. Tie a knot at the end of the balloon. At the opposite end, use scissors to cut off the tip of the balloon.
  2. Place the cut end of the balloon over a toilet paper roll and secure with tape.
  3. Decorate the outside of the toilet paper roll with construction paper and stickers.
  4. Place two scoops of confetti inside the open end of the toilet paper roll.
  5. Pull back the end of the balloons and let them pop!

Homemade party hats and party poppers and confetti on grey background


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Jackie J.

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Jackie J. became a Publix associate in 2017 after deciding to take her love of food to the next level. She began working with the Social Media team at that time and she immediately fell in love with life at Publix. In her spare time, she bakes to relax and creates yummy morsels for friends and family to munch on. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her playing with her cat and dog (Nila and Oreo), at a theme park or watching a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

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