DIY Cereal Box Party Hats

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Recycle empty cereal boxes into super cute bear party hats! Just about every child’s stack of favorite books has a lovable bear in there somewhere.

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Berenstain Bears, Corduroy, Paddington Bear… So many of our children’s favorite book characters are bears. Nurture your child’s love for these furry creatures with an adorable party hat/visor made from cereal boxes. They’re easy to make and fun to decorate too!

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

What You Need

  • Printable bear party hat/visor template (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Cereal boxes
  • Sharpie permanent marker
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Glue
  • Packing tape
  • Binder clips
  • Paint and foam paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Braided elastic
DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 1
Cut out the pieces from the printable template. Trace your pieces onto a cereal box and cut them out again.

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 2
Assemble the muzzle of the bear.

  • Add a dab of glue to the triangular area.
  • Press the two sides of the muzzle together to create a very flat cone.
  • Fold the tab over and tape it down to further secure the two sides.
  • Use a binder clip to keep the two sides together while the glue dries.
DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 3
Assemble the nose of the bear.

  • Add a drop of glue to the area shown above.
  • Pull the two side pieces over so they cover the glued area.
  • Fold your tab over and use packing tape to keep everything in place.
  • Use a binder clip to keep the pieces together as the glue dries.
DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 4
Now it’s time to paint your party hat. Choose the color combination that matches your favorite type of bear!

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 5
Assemble your bear’s face. Insert the nose tab into the muzzle’s slot. Then, insert the muzzle’s three tabs into the slots on the face. (You may need to slightly trim the cardboard pieces to make sure everything fits just right.)

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

Step 6
Finish assembling your visor. Attach the lid to the head by folding the tabs and taping them onto the back. Cut a piece of elastic (fit to the wearer’s head) and staple both ends to visor. If needed, use packing tape to prevent the staples from irritating the wearer.

DIY Recycle Cereal Box Party Hat

And there you have it. Rawr! Your very own three-dimensional bear party hat/visor. Enjoy!

  • Lisa Van Engen

    Those are adorable!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    I agree I agree!

  • Melissa Kojima

    This is the best! I love it. I think a bear party is about to start! Thanks for the clever DIY!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Sure, glad you enjoyed the project!