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Decorating Straw Hats

Straw hats, large and small, are fun to decorate as an activity at parties or to hang on the wall. This is a guide about decorating straw hats.

Decorating Straw Hats
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August 24, 2007 Flag

Sunflowers painted on straw hats.

Approximate Time 1 hour



Since everyone's sunflowers are in bloom now, I thought I would share this craft.

  1. Take the straw hats any size you want and paint the center or top of hat brown as in picture, let dry.
  2. Paint the petals on the hat as in picture, let dry.
  3. Paint in between the pedals green and paint on black dots on the brown. Let dry.
  4. You can seal if you like.
Sunflower hats.

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

September 9, 2010 Flag

Red straw hat.What says summer more than a little lady bug. Here is a hat that will make you want to go sit in the garden with a large glass of ice tea and just watch the world go by. It also will make a stylish accessory for the summer time barbecues for us ladies that need to wear a hat during the summer to protect our skin.


I hope you have a wonderful time making this little "bug." You can also make this for your favorite little girl by using a smaller hat. This would also make a great hat for a Kentucky Derby party, A Victorian Tea party or a Red Hat Society function.

These are just guidelines. You could change the colors, you could add flowers, you could make the streamers longer in the back. These are easy to make and if you are buying hats at thrift stores you will find many shapes of straw hats.

You can find inspiration for your creations by Googling Victorian hats or Kentucky Derby hats.

Time: One afternoon



  1. Spray paint hat with the bright red spray paint. Paint both the inside and out. I used some gloss red spray paint that I had left over from Christmas.
  2. To make the hat band: With a piece of ribbon measure loosely around the bottom of the base.
  3. Fold black sheer ribbon in half and loosely wrap the bead wire around the ribbon.
  4. Hot glue both of them to back of hat.
  5. Make one big fluffy bow with the gold and black sheer ribbon and then hot glue this to the back of the hat covering the two ends of the hat band.

By Debra from Colorado Springs, CO

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May 14, 2007 Flag

These adorable little hats can be hung on the wall, added to wreaths, used as gift bag tie-ons, or as refrigerator magnets. You can also make a few to sell at a craft fair. They are easy to make and allow you to make use of all the bits and pieces of leftover craft materials you have lying around.

Decorated mini hats

October 14, 2010 Flag
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Where can I buy little girl straw hats to decorate at a girl's tea party?

By Quana from Dayton, OH

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

This isn't for straw hats, but since you're wanting to decorate hats for a tea party, maybe this will be an option. My daughter and I made some, and decorated them with marigolds and lantana from the garden, fun & cute (and inexpensive!).

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

Try Search "straw hats". There's a couple that if you paint them, add fabric or a bow, can be real cute. Plus the price is great. Sold in bulk which is good when buying for a party.

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October 21, 20100 found this helpful

Try your local craft store.

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May 7, 2008 Flag
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I need ideas for how to decorate a straw hat for a mother's day banquet.

Ruth from Russell

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May 7, 20080 found this helpful

Ribbon and silk flowers and lace have always worked well for me. Just gather up what you can lay your hands on, and try out various ways. Once I put a large rinestone pin on my garden party hat, and that was a big hit, and it was real, real simple.

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May 8, 20080 found this helpful

Find fake flowers at a thrift shop, rinse them up in the bathtub if you don't have a kitchen sink sprayer, and cut them up to hot-glue around the brim.

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November 20, 2010 Flag
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I would like to know where I can buy books or get instruction ideas for decorating large women's straw hats for home decor.

By Esther from Dawsonville, GA

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November 20, 20100 found this helpful

I would tie a ribbon about 1 inch wide around it like for a hat band and tie it in a bow with streamers hanging, like a woman would wear it with the streamers hanging in the back. Then glue some silk flowere wherever you would want to on the hat. It is more of matter of how you like the appearance rather that what a book might show.

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March 14, 2007 Flag

Here's a cute hat made from a straw hat and craft foam.

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