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Summer Sun Hat Wreath


Summer Hat "Wreath" - Brighten up your porch with big bows and big flowersSpring seems to be the time for wreath making in my world, I made a grapevine wreath with ribbon rosettes and a burlap pinwheel wreath in previous years. Our front door gets a lot of direct afternoon sun so nothing lasts longer than a year without extreme bleaching.

This years door decor started with a hat from the Dollar Tree. This was going to be a step-by-step tutorial but Mary decided that wasn’t in the cards. I used a spool of bright blue burlap ribbon, yellow and white striped grosgrain and yellow with white stitching grosgrain ribbon. Also on deck we had a needle and thread, scissors and a GIANT purple flower. The ribbons and flower are all from Michael’s. I couldn’t find my hot glue gun so the whole thing was put together via needle and thread.

Summer Hat Wreath Alternative - Brighten up your porch with big bows and big flowers

The burlap ribbon was wider than the crown of the hat so it ended up ruched (or bunched) in 4 spaces and I covered those spots with the narrower ribbon. I added the covers after but it would be much easier to make ribbon rings and loop the  burlap ribbon through them. As always, learn from my mistake.

The bow deceptively looks like one skillfully tied piece BUT! It’s actually 4 separate pieces. The hat band is one piece, the bow is one piece and the hanging streamers are 2 pieces. Much easier to manipulate than one giant piece.

Start by adding the hat band, then the streamers, both the burlap and the striped ribbon. Then make the bow. Make a complete circle by overlapping the ends, then flatten it and ties a string around the center (don’t really flatten the ends, especially if they have wire in them), run the striped ribbon around it and tie in the center again so you have a 2-layered bow. It will looks pretty messy at this point but it’s all good. Add your flower, this is the part where a hot glue gun would have been really helpful, that sucker is heavy!

Summer Hat "Wreath" - Brighten up your porch with big bows and big flowers

Side note: You could  totally wear this hat, but apparently my head is huge and it doesn’t fit.




  1. What a great idea! I like that it’s not your ordinary wreath. Thanks for sharing ~ Terrie
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  2. I love this idea! I am going to have to search around the house and see if I have an old sunhat so I can make one of these for the front door.
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