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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Teensy Hat

My lovely daughter, Savannah, is quite crafty. She also has her own unique style. You may have caught that by the fact that she makes, wears, and sells stuff like THIS:
Why yes, that is a koala hat.
But when your best friend is taking you to your very first rock concert for your 16th birthday, AND it's to see Adam Lambert, well, we need to glam it up a bit, don't we? And I think this would also be fun for a lot of those costumes you're planning for next month, hint hint HINT.
So gather your gear! To make our teeny tiny top hat, you'll need:
Some flexible plastic, like a report cover. We used the box from my new bluetooth.
Scrap cardboard, like the box pictured
A fabric covered hairband. Ours were 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree
Scrapbooking paper
Some lace trim
2 different bits of ribbon
A fake flower (Not pictured above, we apologize, it was a last minute epiphany)
A protractor
A marker
Mod Podge
Hot glue

First, take the plastic and make a cylinder 4 1/2" high. Hot glue the seam
This of course is the stove pipe portion of your hat.
Then roll your cylinder over the scrapbook paper and mark it. You can probably tell we didn't do a lot of fancy measuring for this.
 Cut the paper to size.
Grab your decoupage medium.
Slather the wrong side of the paper.
And then roll your plastic cylinder over it.
Next, trace the circumference of the cylinder on the plastic. Add an inch and cut out the circle
Make little V shaped notches in the circle down to the line you traced.
Now fold that extra bit of plastic down. 
Fit those little tabs inside the cylinder.
Run a bead of hot glue around the seam to secure it.
Trace the circle onto your paper.
Cut it out and Mod Podge it over the plastic.
Note: we did not decoupage over the paper. Savannah wanted a more matte finish.
 Now get your cardboard.
We eyeballed an exaggerated size brim for the hat and used a protractor to get a perfect circle.
Because when you have 3 math geeks and a husband who teaches math, you have crap like that just littering the house.
 There we go.
 For the brim, we're using the black side of the paper. Trace two circles and add a little extra to one of them when you cut them out.
Mod Podge the cardboard and the larger circle together.
Smear a little more of the medium around the edges and fold the excess paper over.
Now MP the smaller paper circle over this.
Hot glue the hat together. Now for the fun stuff.
We took a little red ruffled lace trim out of the stash and glued that on as a hat band.
We then snipped the stem off a glittery poinsettia and added that to the mix.
This is the Glam Nation Tour, after all.
Some shiny red satin to accentuate the top.
Next, we glued two lengths of the red lace to the hair band.
And we hid the seam with some red and black satin ribbon.
Not girlie enough. How about a bow and some ribbon streamers?
 Maybe a little felt heart and a rhinestone? Around here, over the top is our motto. Once you're happy with the amount of glitz, hot glue the hat to the band. We then took a U shaped household repair needle and did a couple of stitches through the hat and around the hair band just to make sure this was surviving excited teenager flailing.
Total cost? Well, we had all of this. I'd estimate less that $4 easily though.
Baby daughter outrageously decked out for a concert? Pretty priceless.

If you liked this project, you can vote for it over at Fireflies and Jellybeans! It made the final 10!



Olive said...

She has her mother's crafting smarts!

Sherri B. said...

That hat is so cute. She is all decked out and will be a hit herself at the concert for sure.

Life in Rehab said...

Is it okay that I was thrilled she insisted on a tank top under the bustier? And then wore a hoodie over it?

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

Oh WOW !! I love both the hats ! My 4 year old wants the Koala one LOL. Looks like you passed on some mad skills !!

Life in Rehab said...

Awww, thanks, Steph! Vannah shared her tutorial on how she makes her cute critter caps

if you'd like to whip one up!

Unknown said...

that is awesome :D She is very talented and wearing a tank top under just makes you a good mom :)

Amanda said...

I love that she (and you!) wanted to wear a tank top. Reminds me of my own modest self in high school. (It's college-age when you really need to start worrying!) She looks absolutely fantastic. Strange question- is that her friends real silver hair? I ask because I want to be a robot for Halloween and would love my hair to look like that!

Life in Rehab said...

Hi Amanda,

That isn't her real hair. The girls make elaborate costumes and style wigs to go with them. She's sporting one she cut and colored herself in a silver/blue/purple color that was really cool. If you'd like more information, shoot me your email address and I'll ask her for instructions and sources.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Savannah is so lucky to have an encouraging mom like you! I wish my mom had been all for helping me create fun accessories for my unique outfits in high school. Of course, it's understandable that she flipped the day I tried to waltz off to school in a 10-inch-long purple satin skirt held together solely by 2 safety pins. :)

I am super impressed that you didn't have to "make" her wear the tank top. You've definitely done something very, very right. Especially in a day and age when 13-yr-old girls are dressing like hookers!
(God, I sound like my mom. And i'm only 31.)

Carol said...

I'm betting they had a great time... and I LOVE that she didn't go out half naked. It drives me crazy to see young girls not dressed. Go buy her a tank top in every color and you will be good to go! Kudos to her for having some class.


Life in Rehab said...

A tank top is a lot of skin for this child. She's a T-shirt and baggy jeans type of girl.

And yes, I'm extremely proud of my little bunneh.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

You are very crafty people. Cute! said...

Oh how fun! I love projects that you can do together. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That hat is awesome! How exciting...first rock concert, Adam Lambert...swoon!! They looked perfect!

I'm ready for Savannah's blog!!

Crescent Moon said...

The hat is beautiful and I love the fact that it was made out of things that you already had around the house!
I have placed a link to this project on my group, "Gilded Guttersnipes" on Steampunk Empire:

It is a group for people looking for inexpensive steampunk fashion ideas and craft projects.

Janelle aka AussieJ said...

I followed Crescent Moons link from The Steampunk Empire and am impressed.My own children missed the craft bug I have but my grandkids seem to have picked it up.I hope they continue to create even when they are teens.I also like the tank top underneath (must be a mum thing)

Michelle L. said...

The girls look amazing! You are the coolest mom ever, and the top hat is ridiculously accomplished for a made-it-out-of-nothing creation. What a blast of a tutorial, you two! Hope she had huge fun at Adam's show.

mousee23 said...

She looks like my oldest.Beyond labels and rockin it

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Congrats!!! You made it in to the Iron Crafter TOP TEN!!

Come and check it out here:

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

OH wow that is awesome, I love it! I'd love to have you link up at our party and show this off!

the cape on the corner said...

ok, cute, but i feel like it's tougher than cute. what's a good word to describe that? who knew it was so versatile!

Vanessa said...

Excellent work, love the gothic lolita cosplay hat and the koala hat, too! Smart craft!

Monica said...

This is awesome! My step-daughter is going as a vampire for halloween! This hat will finish off her costume!!!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from debbiedoos B&A party! You did a great job! Looks like a lot of work but well worth it! My son needed the "monopoly man" outfit for school today and text me yesterday to tell me!! Luckily I found everything at the party store that I needed for only $8!!!

Erin said...

Awesome!!! My girls just bought some Uncle Sam hats a yard sale, but if they could make their own, even better! They will be ecstatic when I show them this! (Your daughter looks great in her gettup!)

RedTedArt said...

Wow, what a very impressive hat and costume! Brilliant. You guys really are clever!

Love your weekly crafts! And thanks again for Linking up with Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciated!


Pam Kessler said...

That is so cute! She is very dreative. Like the Koala hat also.

Homemade Heather said...

Great outfit! Thanks for linking up!

Debbiedoos said...

Totally seeing the girly girl today:) She is so very cute and original, I love it. THanks for sharing with us. Debbie

Anji* said...

That hat is awesome! They look so cool!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

How did I miss this?! Love the mini hat!

amandab said...

That is a great hat! Hope she had a fantastic night :)

AUDRA said...

She is very creative. How fun.

Sandy Ang said...

A very stylish creation !

Megan Gunyan said...

Wow, stylin'! When did we start dressing up for concerts? Having only attended 2 (and one was a country concert) I'm kind of clueless about this whole process. It looks like she knows what she's doing! Love it.