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How to make an absolutely stunning sunflower straw hat

Watch this Bowdabra video tutorial as Sandy Sandler, the creator of Bowdabra shows you how to make a gorgeous sunflower straw hat. This sunflower straw hat is so much fun to make and so quick and easy. The addition of a beautiful Bowdabra mesh bow sets off your hat in style.

Sunflower straw hat

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Sunflower straw hat

“Okay, many of you probably didn’t know that April is National Straw Hat Month. So, we’re going to make an absolutely stunning sunflower straw hat.

I’m going to start by just putting some glue on the flower that I took off of its stem. So, I’m just going to put like a pretty generous amount of glue there. And then I’m going to take my pipe cleaner and just kind of glue it around the stem, because I want it to really stay. If you don’t glue it, it will slip off.

So, now that we have our flower done, I’m going to put the flower and my glue gun aside. Then I’ll take my Bowdabra, and I have my Bowdabra Bow Wire folded in half. I’m going to lie that down into the Bowdabra. Then I’m going to take this 12” wide mesh, and it might seem kind of wide for a hat, but since mesh kind of curls up, it will work perfectly.

So, now that I have my mesh, I’m going to put my flower into my bow. And that’s why I needed to put the stem onto it so that it gave me enough length.

Then here, I’m just going to take my two ends that are free and put it through my loop. I hold my flower and my bow down into the Bowdabra while I pull this really tight.

Next, I’m going to move my Bowdabra to the side, separate the ends of my bow, and bring that around to the back and just tie it off. I’m going to double-knot it because it’s such a big bow. And I’m going to just clip the ends.

Finishing your hat

Then what I’m going to do is I’m going to kind of wrap the pipe cleaner around because we don’t really need that. You could clip it. And the next thing is, because it’s National Straw Hat Month, I’m going to put a really generous amount of glue on the side of my straw hat.

And now I’m going to take my bow and I’m going to just push it really hard onto the hat. Now the other thing that’s kind of cool is, while I’m waiting for this to dry, just remember that the Kentucky Derby is the first week of May, and you can use your straw hat for your Derby hat. So, there we go. We have an absolutely beautiful hat.

sunflower straw hat

sunflower straw hat

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