On a tight budget, but need a unusual hat for an event? Well, I did.
This is a hat I made for the last weekend of our ren faire. We went steampunk for "Day of Wrong". It's painted to look kinda like an old trunk. It's made entirely out of painted cereal boxes, except for the ribbon scarf hatband that hangs to my knees.
I used a "family-sized" Frosted Flakes box to make the brim all in one piece. The crown was pieced together out of smaller boxes.
After gluing everything together and smoothing out some seams with paper mache, I covered the hat in wrinkled up tissue. Then, I painted it with waterbase acrylic paints.
I glued on the hinges and other doodads on last and ran the scarf through the loops around the crown. The nails are just painted on. The long scarf was an idea inspired by the HBO series "Deadwood". A character named Joanie Stubbs wears a similar scarf on her grey top hat.
Sadly, it doesn't open. Wish it did. If I make another, I may attempt to make it actually function.
Thanks for lookin'. Any feedback would be well received. I share more about this hat with more pics on my blog here.