One common symbol of good old-fashioned country style is the straw hat. Today, most craft stores sell straw hats that are designed to be decorated and hung on the wall. It is an excellent way of bringing a bit of country goodness into your home. These easy instructions will give you just one idea of how you can craft a decorative country garden hat.
Materials Needed for the Country Garden Hat
1. One straw hat with a broad brim
2. Scissors and wire snips
3. Hot glue gun and glue
4. Country pattern ribbon
5. Sphagnum sheet moss
6. Silk flowers of your choice
7. Dried filler flowers such as baby’s breath
8. Craft decorations and miniatures such as…
a. Miniature garden tools
b. A faux bird’s nest with eggs
c. Seed packets
d. Faux fruit or berries
e. Faux insects such as bees and dragonflies
Crafting the Decorative Country Garden Hat
The first step in creating the decorative hat is gluing a strip of the sphagnum moss all the way around the brim of the hat. Do not worry about making it neat and even. It will look more natural if it is not. This is your base for all the other country decorations and flowers.
After you attach the moss, take your ribbon and make a large bow. You can make a simple bow with two loops and streamers, or a florist’s bow with many loops. Be sure to cut the ends of the ribbon streamers in “V” notches or diagonally so they look neat. Glue the large bow on top of the moss at the bottom of the hat crown.
The next step is to cut the wire stems off your largest silk flowers and glue them to the hat’s brim. You can arrange them just at the bottom by the bow, or spread them out around the entire hat brim, covering most of the sphagnum moss.
The small, dried flowers come next. Use these to fill in the holes around the larger silk flowers. Since they are natural, they really add to the country decor style of this straw hat craft.
The final step in crafting the decorative country garden hat is to affix the miniature decorations to the hat. If you are going for a gardening motif, sticking attractive seed packet pictures here and there is a great idea. You can also add mini garden tools, a watering can, or plant stakes. If you want a natural wildflower look, gluing a faux bird’s nest and bird onto the hat is a good idea.
No matter what colors or styles you choose for your decorative country garden hat, it will be a beautiful addition to your country style home.