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Garden Hat Tutorial

Here is an alternative to the traditional wreath that is perfect for any garden theme room, a front door, or porch. Hang a garden hat on your door, wall, or the back of a chair or lay it on a bench or table for the perfect cottage garden look!

You’ll need:

-A straw hat
-2 1/2 inch wide wire edged ribbon
Bowdabra Bow Wire
-Faux flowers
-wire cutters
-hot glue gun and glue sticks

Supplies gathered and pictured below:



1. Measure enough ribbon to wrap around the hat. Fold ribbon in half to make it fit. Glue ribbon in place.

2. Cut a piece of Bowdabra wire 24 inches long. Fold it in half and place it in the Bowdabra.

3. Cut a 25 inch long piece of ribbon. Fold it in half to find the center, then place the center of the ribbon into the Bowdabra. This ribbon makes the tails of your bow.

4. Make a loop to the size you want your bow to be. My loop is 4 1/2 inches. Twist the ribbon before putting it into the Bowdabra.

5. Fold the ribbon on the opposite side of the Bowdabra to make another loop and twist again.

6. Continue Steps 4 and 5 until you have 6 loops. Cut ribbon close to the Bowdabra. Then scrunch bow center down with the Bowdabra wand.

7. While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.

8. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Remove bow from the Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow and double knot.

9. Fluff bow with your fingers, then glue bow onto the hat.

10. Trim flowers with the wire cutters, then glue in a pleasing arrangement under the bow.

11. Trim the tails of the bow to desired length using your scissors. Your hat is now ready to display!

Thank you Shannon from Cozy Home Scenes for this wonderful tutorial. You have inspired me to make my own summer garden hat decoration!

Visit Shannon’s blog for her Cottage Style Porch Tour! She designed and decorated the side porch for her parents and it is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to head over and have some sweet tea and visit!


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