There’s been quite the call for a tutorial on how to make these little pushpop hats seen in the “ bright future” graduation party! I’m happy to be able to show you how they were made. It wasn’t an extremely scientific process to creating these little hats, so as with all tutorials, I am sure you will find a more precise way to accomplish the look as you go along. If you’re not using pushpops like the ones in these photos that I found at CupKate’s, you could scale them down or up to fit the top of a water bottle, soda bottle or soda can for a fun party accent!
- Colored cardstock in 2 colors
To make the hat:
1. Cut out a square 2 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in for the top of the hat. For the band, you’ll need a strip 7 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inches wide
2. Wrap the long strip around the top of a pushpop to size your band and glue, glue dot or tape down.
3. Attaching the band to the top of the hat. Put a thin bead of glue around the top of the band and place it in the center of the cut square. Alternately, you can tape the band to the top of the hat on the inside of the band; that said, the ones I did with glue had more polish to them when complete. While you’re waiting for the caps to dry, you can prepare the tassles.
To make the tassles:
1. The little strips of paper I used for the tassles are so thin, I’m not going to bother with a measurement other than to tell you they are 3 inches long. Cut 4 very thin and one slightly thicker–just a hair more than 1/16th inch if you need something to go by. This thicker piece will be the part that is glued to the cap.
2. Take three of the the thin strips of paper and line them up and fold them in half. Don’t worry if you’re not exact, they’ll be trimmed later.
3. Using the 4th thin strip, wrap it around the the folded papers tightly a few times to keep them together and glue down. If there is excess paper (and there should be) trim it off.
4. Once the glue is dry, glue the group of bound papers to the slightly thicker strip.
Again, wait for that glue to dry, then trim the ends of the tassle up so they’re all even.
5. Placing the strip to the center of the cap, apply glue to set.
6. Bend the paper over the edge to make it look like it’s hanging and you’re done! Pop them on top of your pushpops for display. I don’t recommend gluing them down to the pushpop, because the cap has to come off to get the lid open.
To decorate the fronts of my pushpops, I used a 2 inch circle customized for graduate Mason (really, my cousin who is graduating this year!) I printed the circles full sheet labels then punched them out. The pushpops themselves are great filled with candy or cupcakes. Enjoy!~