I love straw hats on Miss H, she just looks so cute and summery in them! I found this plain hat (just £3 in Primark) and the brim is fabulous, but I wanted to make it really stand out with adding peonies.
How to decorate a Summer straw hat or Easter Bonnet
I had a look on Ebay and bought a posy of peonies (ooh alliteration!). I chose ones for around £5, and crossed my fingers that they would be nice when they came. As you can see I struck lucky and they were very pretty.
What you will need for the project
So, for this project you will need your hat, fabric flowers, a pair of scissors and a glue gun (if you don’t have a glue gun, what are you doing with your life?! They are fabulous fun! But anyway, if you don’t have one you can use normal glue or even safety pins through the hat to the flowers. But really, get a glue gun, they are great!)
Arrange your flowers on your straw hat
First take your flowers and cut off the stems (I know, I know, this made me anxious too, but feel the fear and do it anyway), cut off any leaves too as these are nice as a bit of background foliage. Then arrange the flowers how you would like them in the final design. (Don’t just rush in with the glue gun however tempting that is).
Add your flowers and be creative
Once you have got an idea of how it looks – great, you are ready to go. Perhaps take a photo to remind you if you need to check back. Begin by arranging the leaves as background foliage. Then begin to build up your flowers. Be generous with the glue, then no matter how much your child flings their hat around those peonies are not going anywhere! (It might be worth whilst pointing out now that you WILL burn yourself on the hot glue. I did it several times whilst making the hat. Perhaps it is the universe’s way of keeping ying and yang – beautiful hat/burnt fingers).
Don’t forget things!
Once all the flowers are attached that is it. The glue dries very quickly and soon it will be ready to be worn. You can really customise your hat to your taste – be creative! (I intended putting a nice pink organza ribbon on first before I put the peonies on, but in my excitement – ooh, glue gun – I forgot until several hours later.) You can create something really unique for the fraction of the cost in shops. Miss H loves it!