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Topic: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy)  (Read 43608 times)
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« 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

« 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!

« 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.

« 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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