Spring Hat Makeover

The calendar says Springtime is here and the Easter Hat Parade was on the schedule, so I needed to do something fun for the day.  This would be our first time to do this event, so I really had no idea what it was all about.  The only thing I knew was that a hat was in order, and I wanted it to be light and floral.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

A recent thrift store find, this one had been wrapped with surgical gauze (yes, it was awful!) and had a couple of leaves stuck on the back.  I look for things like this, the only important things were that the hat fit well and was in good shape.   The trims were very well glued with hot glue, and would not come off easily.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

I used an embossing heat gun (affiliate link) that blows air hotter than a standard hair dryer.  Mostly I use this for card making, but it melts hot glue beautifully.  Gentle tugging while pointing the heat at the glue, and it came away with little trouble and no damage to the hat.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

I thought about spray painting the hat first, but the yellow paint I had left over from the Spring Chargers project was too much of a butter color, and not as bright as the yellow tulle I wanted to use.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

The tulle was a better color match to the silk flowers, so I decided to leave the natural straw color.  I laid out my spring floral sweater, and chose some flowers that would complement it in yellow, pink and periwinkle blue.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the tulle around the hat three or four times to be able to see the color, and secure with hot glue.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Tie a large bow, and glue to the center back.  Begin placing silk flowers around the hat to determine the best placement.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Glue a rose and a hydrangea to the center of the bow.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Then, begin hot gluing the flowers around the brim.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

Pink and yellow flowers are looking good, and I added a few leaves for contrast against all the pastels.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

The leaves make it easier to see the lighter colors.  Daisies are added too.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

The bow needed just a bit more, so I added a few leaves and a pink flower.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

All done.  I used odd numbers of each element, five of each flower, five sets of leaves, and one bow.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

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Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

This hat wasn’t grand enough for the Easter Hat Parade, but I’ll do something wild for next year.

Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

I love hats, do you wear them?

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Spring Hat Makeover at From My Carolina Home

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13 thoughts on “Spring Hat Makeover

  1. Super cute hat — very spring like! I used to decorate/embellish hats for Derby Day several years ago. My husband doesn’t understand the thrill of Derby week… reading your post bought back fond memories! Have a great week!

  2. Kari

    I love love love the hat makeover. You are so talented, and if I wore that hat, I would be singing like Mary Poppins.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  3. Monica Kostak

    You did a beautiful job on decorating your hat. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be worn or a craft at first when i saw your post–This reminds me when i used to decorate hats for an accent to wall ..in the days when mauve and blue were in and we all had “Home Interiors” to add to our wall accents. 🙂 The memories we have… 🙂

  4. Kathy A

    Loved your hat. I live in hopes that I will find more reasonably priced straw hats; the ones made in China are all too small for my fat head! Granddaughter has it, too! I love straw hats for wall/door accents. Haven’t tried using tulle; have bot it for ballerina skirts for the grands’ dolls so I have some handy! One year we conspired to all wear hats to our tiny country Baptist church one week to mess with our pastor’s head; it worked! It was fun!

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