How to Make a Cowgirl Hat

Written by kristan hart
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Whether you're celebrating at a rodeo or dressing up in costume, finding a stylish cowgirl hat can be a challenge. Instead, consider sprucing up a plain straw hat and turning it into your own cowgirl hat. Get out your craft box, find your favourite supplies and you can make your very own cowgirl hat in one afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Plain straw hat
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Feather
  • Jewels
  • Faux suede

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  1. 1

    Find a plain straw hat in your size.

  2. 2

    Wrap a piece of your ribbon around the base of the hat where it meets the brim. While you can choose any type of ribbon you want, a red-and-white checkered pattern on the ribbon gives your straw hat a feminine, country look.

  3. 3

    Cut the ribbon to size.

  4. 4

    Point the glue container away from your body with the tip of the container at the base of the hat, just above the brim. Apply a bead of glue all the way around the hat at the base.

  5. 5

    Apply the ribbon over the glue so it runs around the hat, sitting on top of the brim.

  6. 6

    Stick a feather inside your ribbon while the glue is still wet. The glue will dry, holding the ribbon and the feather in place.

  7. 7

    Embellish your plain hat with jewels. Apply a bead of glue to the back of your jewel, then stick the jewel to your hat. Because your straw hat has a rough texture, you may need to hold the jewel in place for a few seconds to ensure it sticks.

  8. 8

    Add jewels to your straw hat to form a jewelled band at the base of the hat, or jewel the entire brim for a more glamorous look.

  9. 9

    Gather long strands of faux suede. Take three strands, or three bunches of strands, and braid them together, forming a long braid.

  10. 10

    Wrap the faux suede braid around the base of your hat. Secure the beginning and the end with glue, holding it until it sticks, and you've just turned a plain, boring hat into a cowgirl hat.

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