Decorating Straw Hats

Mother's Day Flowered Hat

Mother's Day Flowered Hat

This is a simple, very inexpensive project that you can make for your own front door, but also makes a great Mother's Day gift for a mom or grandmother.

Approximate Time: 20 - 30 min. will require additional time if you paint the hat



  1. Dig out an old straw hat or pick one up at a yard sale. Spray paint in color of choice and allow to dry.
  2. (Optional) Use wreath wire, which is very fine, to fasten a metal hoop to the bottom/back of the hat to keep the brim straight. I used a metal ring I pulled from an old lamp shade (waste not, want not) and it was perfect. Your hat may or may not need this addition.
  3. Cut the blossoms from several silk flowers and glue them to the hat where the "bowl" meets the brim. You can put them all around or just in a selected location. A ribbon bow can also be added, if it suits you.
  4. To add a hanger, you can glue the bottom section of a can pop-top pull, or sew a cafe curtain ring (or something similar) to the back.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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Since everyone's sunflowers are in bloom now, I thought I would share this craft. Take the straw hats any size you want and paint the center or top of hat brown as in picture, let dry.

Sunflower hats.

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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.

Red straw hat.

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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

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I found a cute set of mini straw hats and then found one that they would fit on and went to town!

Straw Hat Crocheted Wall Hanging

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First of all, glue down the lace around the hat as in the picture. Glue on the flowers and ribbon using any colors that go with your decor. You can add beads or you could make a holiday themed hat. Just use your imagination.

Decorated straw hat.

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Just glue on the things you have then tie ribbon around and hang as a decoration. Just use your imagination.

Straw hat spring decoration.

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

Bright blue straw hat decorated as an octopus.

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May 7, 2008

I need ideas for how to decorate a straw hat for a mother's day banquet.

Ruth from Russell


By londa (Guest Post)
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

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


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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