Let’s Party: DIY Party Ideas for New Year’s Eve

By Brittni • Updated on 07/07/2021

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve // Leather Drink Stirrers

I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone by, especially the month of December. So, before this year completely flies by, I wanted to share a couple of quick and easy New Year’s Eve ideas…

Leather firework drink stirrers and leather party hats.

Okay, okay…. I realize that leather might not be the first thing that comes to your head when you think NYE, but that’s exactly why I thought it would be fun to try.

Just something a little bit different than your standard black and gold new years ideas. You game?

You can pick up the exact same leather that I used, over on Darby Smart, and I have a quick run down for each DIY idea below as well…

How to make leather firework drink stirrers

To make the leather drink stirrers, cut a piece of leather into a rectangle, that is roughly 3 inches long. Fold it in half, glue the two sides together, then fringe the leather running the length. Add a bead of glue to the infringed area at the top. Then wrap it around a wooden skewer and wait for it to dry.

How to make leather party hats for New Year's Eve

To make a leather party hat, use a paper party hat template as a guide to cut a piece of leather.

How to make leather party hats for New Year's Eve

Then glue the leather onto the paper party hat (once the paper party hat has been assembled). Punch holes in each side, add a piece of elastic and you’re good to go.

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve // Leather Party Hat

After the hats were done, I used a little textile paint to add a few patterns. I tried this with drink stirrers as well, just for fun.

Again, not exactly the most traditional New Year’s Eve color scheme, but I’m not exactly very traditional when it comes to this kind of stuff anyway. I mean, I threw a Christmas party that was solely decorated with neon colors. So, go figure.

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

For more photos and ideas for celebrating NYE the DIY way, visit the Darby Smart blog.

How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Paper & Stitch possible.

8 comments | Click here to reply

You were so on top of New Years! These are all fantastic ideas – I need to make some party hats now!


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I love the idea of leather party hats. Then you can reuse them over and over again. Fun! http://funfarestencil.com


I love those leather drink strirrers ! They’re really creative and the leather thing adds a touch of glamour !


We are keeping our new years this year pretty small by just having a nice dinner out and just cuddling up on the couch with a movie and maybe staying up until midnight. I love the diy hats and will try to make one for each of us to be a little more festive 🙂
Happy holidays!

Hannah S

I just love this idea! Definitely on my try it list!!


Leather party hats!!!!!??? Amazing! I love that one with the pink brushstrokes!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

It’s great to be unique! These are festive and fun, and you can add the traditional New Year’s paint colors instead if you want!

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