A fun way to personalize a party—and give it a unified look—is to make paper decor that showcases a favorite fabric. For my brother-in-law’s birthday, the theme came from his love of tie-dyed t-shirts (for party pics, click here), but you can use any fabric; just scan it and print onto sheets of paper you can turn into party hats, birthday crowns, vase wrappers, paper chains, and anything else you can dream up! If tie-dye floats your boat, we’ve done the scanning for you! Just download our Tie-Dye Pattern template and use it again and again for party decor like these kaleidescopic party hats!

What You’ll Need:

Step 1 Download our Party Hat Template, print out, and cut.

Step 2 Print out as many Tie-Dye sheets as you want hats.

Step 3 Using the Party Hat Template as a guide, trace the shape onto the Tie-Dye patterned paper and cut out.

Step 4 Roll the party hat into a cone and secure with hot glue along the seam.

Step 5 Add a pom pom to the top of the hat with hot glue.

Step 6 Add a piece of elastic by gluing to each side of the inside of the hat.

Step 7 Repeat steps 3-7 to make as many hats as you want.


Another party spot that’s prime real estate for the Tie-Dye Pattern (or any fabric you’ve scanned and printed? This old-school crown for the birthday boy or girl!

What You’ll Need:

  • Crown Template
  • Tie-Dye Pattern Template
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Doublestick Tape

Step 1 Download the Crown Template, print, and cut out.

Step 2 Print the Tie-Dye Pattern and use the crown as a guide to cut out tie-dye crown.

Step 3  Secure the ends of the paper with tape to form a crown.


Nothing says classic party decor like a good, old-fashioned paper chain. This one, in our unexpected tie-dye pattern, sets a groovy mood.

What You’ll Need:

Step 1 Download the Tie-Dye Pattern Template, and print it out so it’s double sided.

Step 2 Cut into 10.5” long by 1” wide sized rectangles.

Step 3 Secure loops with tape, adding one loop onto the next to build a chain.

Step 4  Repeat Steps 1-4 until chain reaches desired length.

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