How to Reshape a Straw Cowboy Hat

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How to Reshape a Straw Cowboy Hat
Reshape your straw cowboy hat with steam. (boots and hat 1 image by Jim Parkin from

The way a straw cowboy hat is shaped can change a person's appearance. Some shapes look better than others on certain people. You can curl or flatten the brim according to your preference. Whether you want to change the shape of a used straw hat you acquired or you want to reshape your own straw cowboy hat, you can do so in your kitchen with steam from boiling water.

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Things you need

  • Pot or kettle
  • Oven gloves
  • Hat rack or hook

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  1. 1

    Fill a kettle or a pot with water and place it on the stove to boil.

    How to Reshape a Straw Cowboy Hat
    Use the steam from a kettle to shape your hat. (big metallic kettle image by Maria Brzostowska from
  2. 2

    Put on a pair of clean oven gloves to protect your hands from the steam. Hold the hat by its brim or crown and move it slowly back and forth through the steam produced by the boiling water.

  3. 3

    Shape the hat with your hands by curling up or flattening the brim or straightening out the crown. Continue moulding the hat into the desired shape until it holds it without your assistance.

  4. 4

    Hang the hat on a hat rack or a hook to dry.

    How to Reshape a Straw Cowboy Hat
    Hang up your hat to dry after steaming. (hanging hat image by Adrian Hillman from

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use hair dryers, electric space heaters or direct sunlight to dry the hat. All of these may damage the hat.

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