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How to Make Palm Leaf Hats

Updated March 23, 2017

You can create many craft projects with palm leaves, including fashionable hats and accessories. Using an old hat as a base, you can create a new hat using palm leaves to decorate it. Palm leaf hats are ideal for keeping the sun rays out of your face or to create a personalised tropical straw hat. The palm leaf hat can be personalised by creating a simple design or by braiding the palm leaves.

Cut the ends and stems off the palm leaves. Cut the edges of the leaves straight across, leaving the ends straight and flat.

Take the old hat that will be used as a base for the palm leaf hat and place it on a flat surface.

Glue the leaves onto the hat, creating a personalised design. Apply glue to the backside of the leaves when attaching them to the hat.

Add enough palm leaves so the ends of the leaves overlap. Ensure that the entire hat is covered. Add several layers of the palm leaves for a sturdy hat, if desired.

Cut off the leaves that extend beyond the hat's brim, using the edge of the brim as a guide.

Cut a long piece of twine and wrap it around the hat, so it falls into the crease where the hat and the brim meet. Glue it in place and tie a bow using the ends of the twine. Ensure the bow is in the front of the hat.

Let the hat dry completely before use. While it may look dry on the outside, it could take several hours until the glue has dried between the leaves and the hat. Leave the hat to dry overnight, if unsure.

Things You'll Need

  • Old hat with brim (standard straw hat is ideal)
  • Palm tree leaves
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Twine, approximately 12 inches
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Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.