My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Barely there Mad Hatter's Top Hat

The Mad Hatter's quirky hat is narrower at the brim than the crown. Taper the band slightly to create the perfect fit.

Draw two circles on wax paper

Draw two circles on wax paper, one big and one slightly smaller

Draw a half moon shape for the crown

Draw a half moon shape for the band

This is the template for the top hat.

This is the basic template for the floral top hat.

Pour some wood glue in a bowl and thin with water

Pour some wood glue in a bowl and thin with warm water

Soak some sisal fibers in the thinned glue mixture.

Soak some sisal fibers in the thinned glue mixture.

Stack a thin layer of fibers on the smallest circle

Stack a thin layer of fibers on the smallest circle

Follow the template outlines

Follow the template outlines

Stack the fibers on the larger circle

Stack the fibers on the larger circle

And on the half moon

... and on the half moon

Set aside to dry completely.

Set aside to dry completely.

Roll the half moon shape to create a tube.

Wiggle the dry sisal from the wax paper. Roll the half moon shape to create a tube for the band. One side will be slightly smaller than the other. The larger opening is the top of the hat and the smaller will be glued to the brim

Place the largest circle on top of the crown.

Place the largest circle on top of the band.

Cut away the middle of the smaller circle to create the small brim

Cut away the middle of the smaller circle to create the small brim

Fit the crown on the brim.jpg

Fit the crown and band on the brim.

Glue the bits together with wood glue and secure with a butterfly clip.

Glue the bits together with wood glue and secure with a butterfly clip.

See Tutorial below for more information about the butterfly clips

Add a few bits of glue soaked sisal fibers where needed and set aside to dry.

Add a few bits of glue soaked sisal fibers where needed and set aside to dry.

Sisal top hat ready to design with.

Sisal top hat ready to design with.

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Tutorials

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

28 August 2013 Unravel Sisal string to get Sisal Fibers

I purchase a huge roll of sisal string to use... sometimes as string, but mostly I unravel it for the fibers

15 October 2014 Thanks Weaving Hat

This is the basic pattern used to weave a hat

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