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mieljolie
« on: June 02, 2011 11:58:08 AM »

On a tight budget, but need a unusual hat for an event?  Well, I did.  Wink



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.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011 12:07:31 PM »

Wow!  That is just amazing.  Really nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011 12:12:10 PM »

This is awesome! couldn't have guessed you made it from cereal boxes at all. It's really pretty  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011 12:37:46 PM »

five *'s for ingenuity! not to mention that it looks fantastic Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011 01:09:35 PM »

I am totally in awe!  Shocked

It looks unbelievable! You've done an amazing job on it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011 01:18:17 PM »

That hat turned out awesome!!!! I totally thought it was made of wood at first. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011 02:03:10 PM »

Thanks, everyone! 

mystical, I'm glad you couldn't tell.  If you could, I probably wouldn't have worn or posted it.  Hehe  Though, I wouldn't say never.  Wink

billiemarie, you're very kind.  I aim to please and inspire.  Hope you'll visit my other works.

sheepBlue, so happy you guessed wood.  I was going to make it like leather (hence the wrinkled tissue).  But, then I changed mid thought, and went for a wood look.  You can barely see the texture under the paint.  If I hadn't put the tissue on, it would have been much smoother.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011 03:07:11 PM »

Very cool, lady! I made a Slash (of Guns and Roses) hat one Halloween from construction paper, but this blows it right out of the water!  Kudos and thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011 03:11:51 PM »

...I made a Slash (of Guns and Roses) hat one Halloween from construction paper...

SLASH'S TOP HAT in construction paper!! That's something I'd LOVE to see!  Smiley  Bet it was super cool!  Was a wig involved?  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011 03:16:28 PM »

I love this hat! It so awesome and steam punk looking!!! Awesome job!!
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2011 04:46:42 PM »

Awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011 07:03:56 PM »

Wicked hat. I could never turn cereal boxes into something that cool. Love the steampunk theme, very well done!
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011 04:34:07 AM »

Love it!  The paint is amazing.. I never would have guessed cardboard!  Fantastic work!
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011 05:32:19 AM »

Amazing! This is exactly what reusing should be--you can't tell how cheap the materials were or that you were reusing. Well done, in so many ways.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011 07:29:42 AM »

Thanks, again, everyone!

..I could never turn cereal boxes into something that cool...

Yes, you can.  It's not as hard as it might appear.  Paint does some wonderful things.  Smiley


...The paint is amazing.. I never would have guessed cardboard!...

Thanks!  I went back and forth in my mind about painting it.  I'm very indecisive.  I almost painted it red.  Then I thought about it.    Has to match my outfits, be neutral enough to wear with many things.  Red wouldn't do.  Smiley  I'm still perfecting my faux wood look.

...This is exactly what reusing should be--you can't tell how cheap the materials were or that you were reusing...

Yeah, I totally agree.  I strive to make things out of discarded materials.  The more useless the better.  Smiley  It brings me more satisfaction knowing I can give it new life and keep it out of the landfill.  90% of my craft supplies are stuff someone didn't want anymore.  Plus, I've found poly clay, vintage notions, broken jewelry bits and other supplies at secondhand and garage sales.  It's truly amazing what you can find when you open you eyes to it.  People, in general, are very wasteful.
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2011 06:51:15 AM »

I really love the detailing.  Did you prime/gesso the hat before painting?
I've been thinking of cool props to make for my little baby's next photos and a cute cereal box hat might have to make an appearance. Thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2011 09:01:24 AM »

This would be amazing if were made out of a real trunk but the fact that you made this from cereal boxes makes it INCREDIBLY AMAZING! Wow. Great workmanship!! It looks fantastic on you.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2011 09:32:02 AM »

Well done!
More Renaissance Festivals need a Day of Wrong.
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2011 10:09:23 AM »

That is crazy awesome.  I am so green with envy of your talent.
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2011 12:43:12 PM »

I love projects like this where you can make something gorgeous out of next to nothing.  You are very talented!  I'm going to add your blog to my RSS feed. 

I've been going to the steampunk forum on brass goggles for about 2 weeks now and I just can't stop looking through all the gorgeous creations there.   

Oh!  I also saw your staempunk'd nerf gun on your blog.  AMAZING. 

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2011 01:14:15 PM »

Fabulous use of cereal boxes . . . taking mine out of the recycle right now!
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2011 02:29:43 PM »

I don't know what I like more, the perfect look, or the slightly ironic and fun take on the steampunk look, but that's definitely one great hat! How did you come up with the shape? How did you make the rounded brim stay in shape? Did the hat hold well on your head?
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2011 03:59:32 PM »

...Did you prime/gesso the hat before painting?...

For this hat I didn't prime with anything.  I've had really good luck with paint sticking well to the paper mache, unprinted cardboard and glued tissue.  To paint the printed side of the cereal box, I sand off the shiny coating.  Plus, I sometime spray a flat coat of spray paint on things when I'm in doubt.  I did seal everything liberally with clear acrylic spray  paint when I was finished.  It should be fairly water resistant.  Though, not in a down pour.  Smiley  I did have the forethought to make a pattern copy before gluing it together.  So if I destroy the hat, I can easily make a new one.

...More Renaissance Festivals need a Day of Wrong.

I totally agree.  Of course, my garb is always "wrong".  Wink

...I also saw your staempunk'd nerf gun on your blog.  AMAZING.

You're very kind.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I'm glad you like my other stuff.  I'll be working on some smaller Nerf guns soon.

Fabulous use of cereal boxes . . . taking mine out of the recycle right now!

That's great!  Let me know if you need any pointer.

...How did you come up with the shape? How did you make the rounded brim stay in shape? Did the hat hold well on your head?

My man came up with the idea to slant down the front.  He's been dabbling in making hats out of leather and is pondering reproducing this one for me.  Can't wait to see how it turns out.  We were talking about adding a functioning clock to the top. 

The brim of the cardboard hat is easy to shape with a round pencil when slightly dampened.  Don't get it too wet or it will be too soggy to form.  Just need to wet fingers and rub it til it turns darker.  I've had a bit of practice on the witch boots I make for Halloween. 

The hat fits great on my head.  I did originally miscalculate my head shape and had it too round.  But, it's easy enough to just keep trimming til it fit perfectly.  It kinda suctions on to my head, so it isn't going anywhere in the wind.  If you wear it while it is damp, you will get a perfect fit.  Wink  I've been adding polar fleece sweatbands to my can tab hats for comfort.  It works well for the cardboard, too.
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« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2011 04:59:25 PM »

Super Awesome!! I'm so digging that hat!!
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« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2011 06:54:33 PM »

Well done! This hat is amazing!
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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2011 10:01:59 PM »

Very creative reuse of cereal boxes!  The look is fantastic.  I love it!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2011 09:30:31 AM »

you did an amazing job!
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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2011 01:05:19 PM »

Love the shape, especially the jaunty tilt to the top. I love to recycle so this one really caught my eye.  Well done - lovely execution.
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« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2011 06:39:01 AM »

Very awesome! So cool that it's made from cereal boxes..
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« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2011 08:47:56 AM »

Ahh! amazing, nice job.
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« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2011 04:52:14 PM »

Well done! It came out so great, it looks so darned real, I love it!
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« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2011 02:27:04 AM »

Oh my wow, I thought it was made of wood at first! You did a fantastic job of painting and decorating it, not to mention making an amazingly shaped hat in the first place...if I may be so cheesy, I take my hat off to you! Wink
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« Reply #32 on: June 26, 2011 10:09:18 PM »

This hat is awesome!! So neat!!
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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2011 12:18:31 AM »

WOW i am a big hat nerd and i loooovvveeee this so much... the tissue is an awesome technique! thanks for sharing  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2011 08:59:15 AM »

Oh WOW!!  My hats been featured!  How cool!  Thanks again to everyone who has posted such nice comments.

WOW i am a big hat nerd and i loooovvveeee this so much... the tissue is an awesome technique! thanks for sharing  Grin

We love decoupaging with tissue paper.  Really easy and gives a nice texture when stained.  My mom used to transform hobby horses into carousel horses.  And, she'd use the tissue on some of them for a cool effect.  She also tried printed tissue that turned out pretty cool.  Tissue is a great way to dress up ordinary gift boxes.  To get a good wrinkly leathery look its best to wad up the tissue into a tight ball before flattening it to apply to the project.  Same technique works really well with brown paper sacks and wrapping paper.
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A fantastic idea, it's great to recycle old cereal boxes, but I've never imagined doing this.  Looks great ! Cheesy
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« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2011 06:24:11 AM »

A fantastic idea, it's great to recycle old cereal boxes, but I've never imagined doing this.  Looks great ! Cheesy

Thanks!  Our family eats a LOT of cereal! Over time we've found all kinds of ways to reuse the boxes.  With a crafty kid in the house, we save all kinds of food containers, too. They're handy art supplies.  Cereal boxes are right up there with paper sacks, napkin tubes, egg cartons and meat trays. Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2011 07:57:30 PM »

Really cool. I think I will use this as inspiration for a couple of hats I need.
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« Reply #39 on: February 15, 2012 07:21:21 AM »

Love this!
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 Shocked how did that.... become THAT?!
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« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2014 08:59:08 AM »

stunning hat, great job.
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« Reply #44 on: May 21, 2014 05:45:51 PM »

Wow! I love that it came from cereal boxes. It's gorgeous and I never would have guessed.
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