4 Easy Steps to the Most Beautiful Fall Garden Hat

6 Materials
90 Minutes

Looking for an easy to make fall decor project or wreath alternative? Well I have a great project that you will be able to display in many spots and you and your friends will love it!

Doesn’t this just say “Welcome”? What if I told you, you could make this for under $25? Well you can so let’s get started.

I found all the products I needed for this project at Micheal's and I managed to get everything for 40%. They have such great sales. So let's get started.

I picked a 2 1/2″ wide ribbon for my hat so attaching it took some patience as it must lay flat. First I laid the ribbon on the hat and allowed for quite a bit of ribbon to fall off the back of the hat so that I could leave my options open for what length looked best for the tails.

Start in the middle of the front of the hat where the brim meets the crown and attach the ribbon. Start with the bottom of the ribbon and lay a thin line of glue about 3″ long along the edge of the ribbon. Press firmly to the hat and hold. Then stretch the ribbon upwards so that that section of ribbon is flat against the hat and apply a thin line of glue to the top edge of the ribbon and hold firmly against the hat. I worked from the bottom up because I wanted the ribbon to form a perfectly straight line where the crown of the hat meets the brim.

Repeat this procedure 3″ at a time always ensuring that the ribbon is laying as flat as possible and not puckering. I also glued the ribbon down all the way to the edge of the brim because I knew I would be doing a lot of outdoor photography and if the wind picked up I did not want to be continually untangling the ribbon from the garland.

Form the garland around the hat, where the crown meets the brim (ie the bottom of the ribbon). Make sure to end the garland approximately 2″ shorter than the ribbon tails. This creates interest by having the materials staggered in length. Ie, the ribbon is the longest and the garland is slightly shorter so that the tails of the ribbon can be viewed on their own.

Apply a thin line of glue about 3 inches long to the back of the garland and attach to the base of the ribbon. Continue on at 3 inch increments around the hat to the back.

Remove three sunflower heads from their stems. Choose one large sunflower and two smaller ones.

Remove five leaves of equal size from the stems. Pictured below are all of the flowers and leaves off of the bouquet, but you will only need 3 flowers and 5 leaves.

Place one leaf in between the two tails of ribbon and the two strands of garland. Place a medium amount of glue on the back of the leaf and press firmly into the brim of the hat.

Place two more leaves on either side of the first leaf and slightly above it. Place glue on the backs of the leaves and hold firmly against the brim until firmly attached. These leaves will be placed under the garland.

Repeat the instructions above by placing the 4th and 5th leaves, fanning out slightly wider than the last pair of leave to form a V shape. The leaves, however will be on top of the main part of the garland. Allow finer branches from the garland to overlap the leaves to create depth and interest.

Place one of the smaller sunflowers to the left of the center of the hat allowing room for the large sunflower to sit perfectly in the middle. Now place the other smaller sunflower on the right side of the hat.

Now securely glue the large sunflower in the center. I chose to place the large center sunflower last so that it’s petals would fall on top of the smaller ones on either side. I wanted the center sunflower to be the main attraction. Look at how full and graceful the back of this hat is!

One last step and it is so easy. Clip the wires off of the smaller daisy, apply glue to back and position about one inch to the right of center when looking at the front of the hat. Lastly spread out the vines of the garland in whatever way is appealing to you. I decided to lay them on the brim of the hat and then flow out the back following the flow of the ribbon cascading off the back of the hat.

Now the time has arrived that we have all been waiting for – picture time!!! Find interesting spots to position the hat in your garden, on your a chair or bench...

or on a garden bike...

or on a door or gate! Well I hope you enjoyed the project!

Suggested materials:

  • Straw hat   (Micheals)
  • 2.5" wide ribbon   (Micheals)
  • Thin wire garland with acorns, pinecones & cream colored berries   (Micheals)
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  • Emma Emma on Nov 19, 2021

    Where did you get the flowersicon


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