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How to make a cork hat

The cork hat is a type of hat that was historically worn by farmers, jackaroos and swagmen in the Australian outback. The wide brim of the hat shielded the sun from the wearer's eyes, while the hanging corks kept away flies. In modern day, the cork hat is more of a novelty item and has become an internationally recognised symbol of Australia. A cork hat is easy to make with a few, basic household items.

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  1. Poke six to eight holes, approximately three inches apart, around the brim of the hat using scissors. If you do not want corks hanging down the back of the hat, you can poke holes just on the front half of the brim.

  2. Cut pieces of string approximately 20 cm (8 inches) long each. Cut the same amount of string as you have number of holes.

  3. Tie a cork tightly to the end of each piece of string.

  4. Thread the other end of each piece of string through a hole on the hat so that the corks are now dangling around the brim. Make sure to secure each string with a knot so that it does not come off the hat.

  5. Warning

    The measurements mentioned are general guidelines. Depending on the size of the hat and the level of the wearer's eye line, these measurements may need to be adjusted so that the corks do not block the eyes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Adult-size wide brimmed sun hat
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn
  • 6 to 8 medium-sized corks

About the Author

Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.

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