Making a Party Hat

Making a fondant party hat is easy with the appropriate template and a little patience.  It makes a great topper for a birthday cake.  You will need fondant or gum paste (I use fondant mixed with enough Tylose powder to hold a shape), sugar glue (Tylose/water mix), small paint brush, party hat template, circle cutter and some small scissors.

 Finished product - although the topper is edible, it can be saved and preserved by spraying the topper with several coats of Polyurethane spray.  The spray can be obtained from most hardware stores.

Finished product - although the topper is edible, it can be saved and preserved by spraying the topper with several coats of Polyurethane spray.  The spray can be obtained from most hardware stores.

 I'll start with admitting that I am not good with free hand and will use templates whenever possible.  The above template can be found at http://bnute.blogspot.com/2012/04/scrapbook-paper-ideas-party-hats.html - or, just google (I love google) party hat template.

I'll start with admitting that I am not good with free hand and will use templates whenever possible.  The above template can be found at http://bnute.blogspot.com/2012/04/scrapbook-paper-ideas-party-hats.html - or, just google (I love google) party hat template.

 Roll your fondant out.  I roll mine about 1/4 of an inch thick - thick enough so that when you form the hat the edges are thick enough to stick well together.  Place your template on fondant and cut that baby out!!

Roll your fondant out.  I roll mine about 1/4 of an inch thick - thick enough so that when you form the hat the edges are thick enough to stick well together.  Place your template on fondant and cut that baby out!!

 With a small paintbrush, apply some sugar glue along the two edges of the hat (Tylose/water mix - works better than just water in this project).  

With a small paintbrush, apply some sugar glue along the two edges of the hat (Tylose/water mix - works better than just water in this project).  

 curve your fondant and match the two edges together.  It helps to lay your hat seam down and sort of press on your seam to help it stick together.

curve your fondant and match the two edges together.  It helps to lay your hat seam down and sort of press on your seam to help it stick together.

 To reinforce the seam, I cut a small strip of fondant the length of the hat.  Paint the inside seam with your sugar glue and add the strip

To reinforce the seam, I cut a small strip of fondant the length of the hat.  Paint the inside seam with your sugar glue and add the strip

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 Stand your hat up - I keep on top of a small cake circle so that I can move it easily without having to move the actual hat while it's drying.  You may have to work with the shape a little to get the form the way you want it.  I add the birthday girl's age to this hat.  Cut a piece of fondant with a rippled circle cutter and added the number 2 to the center.

Stand your hat up - I keep on top of a small cake circle so that I can move it easily without having to move the actual hat while it's drying.  You may have to work with the shape a little to get the form the way you want it.  I add the birthday girl's age to this hat.  Cut a piece of fondant with a rippled circle cutter and added the number 2 to the center.

 I wanted polka dots on my hat - I used a #104 Wilton tip and cut out the number of dots I needed and attached them to the hat with a little sugar glue.   

I wanted polka dots on my hat - I used a #104 Wilton tip and cut out the number of dots I needed and attached them to the hat with a little sugar glue.

 

 After applying my polka dots, I wanted a "fluffy ball" on top.  I took a small piece of white fondant and rolled it into a ball.  Applied sugar glue to the top of the hat and then attached the ball of fondant.

After applying my polka dots, I wanted a "fluffy ball" on top.  I took a small piece of white fondant and rolled it into a ball.  Applied sugar glue to the top of the hat and then attached the ball of fondant.

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 To add texture and transform to a "fluffy ball", I used small scissors and just cut little snips all over the ball.

To add texture and transform to a "fluffy ball", I used small scissors and just cut little snips all over the ball.

 At this point, the hat is ready to attach to the cake.  I usually wait to apply the trim around the bottom of the hat until I get the topper on the cake.  It helps adhere the hat to the cake.

At this point, the hat is ready to attach to the cake.  I usually wait to apply the trim around the bottom of the hat until I get the topper on the cake.  It helps adhere the hat to the cake.

 Roll out a long snake of white fondant, long enough to go around the base of the hat - thickness is your preference depending on how thick of a trim you want.   Like with the ball on top, use your scissors and just make little snips randomly on the strip all the way around.

Roll out a long snake of white fondant, long enough to go around the base of the hat - thickness is your preference depending on how thick of a trim you want.   Like with the ball on top, use your scissors and just make little snips randomly on the strip all the way around.

 There you go - a cute little party hat that adds a great touch on a kids birthday cake!!

There you go - a cute little party hat that adds a great touch on a kids birthday cake!!