From Straw Hat To Scarecrow Hat
My typical Halloween style is creepy with a side of kooky and a splash of vintage, all wrapped up in a haunted mansion. My go-to colors are black and orange, with the occasional green and purple sprinkled in.
I never considered adding pastels until a few years ago when they became a thing in Halloween decor. Ghoulies and ghosties – light and bright – inspired me to make this skull pillow that now sits on the black wingback chair in the office.
While I’m no longer limiting myself to only a few colors, I find that I prefer a more subtle, muted approach. So, when I saw these two-toned green dahlias, I knew I would have to use them with a thrifted find I snagged a few months ago.
On a trip to the local thrift, I noticed a couple of straw hats sitting on top of the clothing racks. Though not typically what I use when crafting this costume, I thought they’d be perfect for a cute scarecrow hat. So, I scooped them up.
There’s no wrong way to make a scarecrow hat. You can make yours tattered and rough, sweet, or sassy.
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Today I’m going for the cute and sweet variety so let’s get started.
A Not So Scary Scarecrow Hat
We will need:
Faux pumpkin stem
Small hat for your crow
Hot glue gun
Alcohol ink markers (optional)
Needle with thread or embroidery floss (optional)
To begin, I decided to add some color to my white pumpkins. You can see how this simple trick here. Hint – this is where the alcohol ink makers come in.
First, I wrapped the ribbon around the hat in place of the original hat band and secured it at the back using hot glue.
Next, I took some fine wire and wrapped the stems of my colored pumpkins together.
I did a rough layout of where to place things before I started securing the embellishments onto the hat.
I wired the pumpkins into place by poking the wire through the hat to the underside of the brim.
Next, I used the wire in the crow’s feet to wire her into place.
I twisted together all of the wire on the underside of the hat, and I’ll be covering it here in a bit so it won’t poke the wearer.
Next, I pulled the flowers off the stems, and hot glued them around the crow and the pumpkins.
Patch It Up
I cut four 3″ squares from two different fabrics to make patches for the scarecrow hat.
I stacked two coordinating fabrics together at an angle. The fabric can then be glued together, or, if you want to be extra, roughly stitch the pieces together using a needle and embroidery floss or thread.
To add a lived-in look to the patches, fray the edges.
Then, glue the patches to the hat.
On the underside of the hat, I placed a patch made from fabric and ribbons which I glued over the twisted wires. The patch will offer protection from being poked and gives the piece a cleaner look.
Pile It On
Speaking of extra, remember that small hat we have for the crow? Well, now is the time to embellish it.
I added a ribbon about the hat’s base and a mini patch on top to mimic the scarecrow hat on which he sits.
I thought I was done, but I decided to throw on some of the navy ribbon too.
I think this scarecrow hat would make a charming costume accessory, but it also will look great as a Fall decor piece.