|The Bat Hat (reworked from a few 99¢ Only Store decorations). |
The Sweet Magnolia Blossom (built on the lid of a candy container).
The World's Biggest Munchkin (a manipulated, clearance-aisle placemat).
For once in my hat-making/trimming career (a resumé line item yet to be fully exploited), I decided to go a completely conventional route by starting with an actual and properly-constructed hat base. This time, where others would see a souvenir sunhat from Chinatown, I too would see a souvenir sunhat from Chinatown. I mean...it's a hat. But in this simple souvenir sunhat, I would also envision a blank canvas just dying for a bit of wacky tacky adornment. It was time to fire up every man's favorite power tool - the old hot glue gun!
I was surprised to derive nearly as much satisfaction from decorating conventional hats as I do from making them from found objects and repurposed materials. Yes, this turn at conventional hat decorating was definitely rewarding but I still needed to explore my more unconventional roots.
|When I came upon this beauty at the thrift store, I was quick to grab it,|
thinking I was the luckiest mock-milliner in the world to find a hat
worthy of Gidget's sun-allergic best friend, LaRue. It wasn't until
I saw the plastic liner that I realized it was a woven plant pot.
|Adhering to the three-poms-are-better-than-one rule, I choose to believe that this is what the |
designers at Hot Dog on a Stick were going for before they settled on their best design effort.
Have you tried your hand at hat making or hat trimming? Have you found the joy available to you in home pom-pom making? I have at least one hundred more ideas but I need to wait for Chinatown to replenish their hat supply. I guess I'll use that time to put the finishing touches on all the matching outfits. Stay tuned!