United Kingdom: Afternoon Tea Party Hats

I found the cutest Tea Party Hats on this website called Aunt Peaches, which was the perfect craft for our Around the World in 12 Dishes project.  I pre-made the hats, then I let the girls embellish the rest of it so they could wear it to our afternoon tea party.


For each hat

  • Paper bowl
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • One headband (I purchased this at the Dollar store)
  • Tissue paper (how many is up to you)
  • Optional ideas: stickers, curling ribbon, markers, feathers, silk flowers


Use a needle or pointy object to poke two holes….on opposite sides of the bowl. Lace one pipe cleaner through each hole, leaving a loop on either side. The loop should be on the inside of the bowl.

One side of the bowl with one hole and one pipe cleaner.
Next thread the headband through the pipe cleaner loops, twisting the pipe cleaners to secure the bowl to the head band.


To make the flowers, I stacked 4 pieces of tissue paper and cut them down to 7″ x 9 1/2″ in size.
7″ x 9 1/2″ in size
Make 1-inch wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.  I made the accordion fold on the longest side of the tissue paper (after folding, your tissue paper should still be 9 1/2″ in length)
Next, take some scissors and round both tips.
Pinch the middle of the tissue paper and use the pipe cleaners on one side of the hat to twist and secure the pinch point.

I then used the pipe cleaner to twist on some curly ribbon and pink feathers. The possibilities are endless though…you can add silk flowers, tulle, fabric scraps, just about anything that you think would make it fun!Once you’re done with the pipe cleaner, you can either cut the remainder off, or wrap the extra part around your finger to form a coil.  Then slowly and gently pull one piece of tissue paper up at a time….separating the layers.

When finished, it should look something similar to this.  Now repeat the steps for the other side of the hat.


While the girls were waiting for our scones to finish baking, they decorated their hats so they could wear it to their tea party.  I gave them markers and stickers….


They even glued on a few pom poms and feathers.

Adding the finishing touches…..


Tea hats on to complete their outfits for our afternoon tea!  Aren’t they adorable?

Click here to see the girls make scones for their afternoon tea.

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