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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrap the tulle around the hat three or four times to be able to see the color, and secure with hot glue.
Tie a large bow, and glue to the center back. Begin placing silk flowers around the hat to determine the best placement.
Glue a rose and a hydrangea to the center of the bow.
Then, begin hot gluing the flowers around the brim.
Pink and yellow flowers are looking good, and I added a few leaves for contrast against all the pastels.
The leaves make it easier to see the lighter colors. Daisies are added too.
The bow needed just a bit more, so I added a few leaves and a pink flower.
All done. I used odd numbers of each element, five of each flower, five sets of leaves, and one bow.
I think it goes with my sweater pretty well.
This hat wasn’t grand enough for the Easter Hat Parade, but I’ll do something wild for next year.
I love hats, do you wear them?