Decorative Christmas Top-Hat

I happened upon a video tutorial for this project a few weeks ago when I was surfing through Facebook. I have so many crafting supplies, which is what I stocked up on (not toilet paper or beef or masks or hand sanitizer or Lysol spray) back in March when it became evident that stores would be closing because of the pandemic. I can’t help it if my priorities are screwed up. I have needs, too!

And, here I sit looking for new-to-me projects to complete with all the “stuff” I already have.

So, back to the tutorial. It was produced by a young woman by the name of Cristal Gonzalez, whom I’m now following on Facebook. She did a great job and I fell in love with the end product. So much so that I’m likely going to make a few of them and figure out how to stack them. Or maybe a few of them stuck just inside a Christmas tree, like very large ornaments??

At the least, it will be a pretty centerpiece.

This Christmas Top-Hat is so easy to make — I promise — and a fairly quick project that can be completed within about an hour. There is no painting, no sewing, and no waiting for things to dry.

Supplies:

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one sheet of foam board from Dollar Tree, an empty container of oatmeal (or you can use a breadcrumb container), a round dinner plate and round salad or desert plate – used for tracing, about 1 1/2 yards of Christmas-inspired fabric, ribbon, rubberband, hot glue gun, scissors, and (not pictured) jumbo clips. You also see pictured a white feather boa, which I was going to use around the rim of the hat, but ended up not liking that look. So, I used a some scraps of white chunky yarn — about 4 or 5-yards.

Let’s get started.

Firsts things first — on the foam board, trace around the dinner and salad plates to make two of each.

Using a pair of scissors, cut out all four of the circles. Set aside one of the larger circles and both of the smaller circles to use later.

Place your fabric under the remaining larger circle and cut around it about two-inches from the edge of the foam.

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Then also cut in towards the foam circle within about a half inch of the edge of the foam and all the way around the foam.

Apply hot glue to the edge of the foam and begin pulling in the fabric to stick to the foam.

Do this all the way around, pulling the fabric taut, and being very careful not to burn your fingers.

Side story: When I applied for my current job, I had to be fingerprinted. Well, the folks at our local Sheriff’s Office were very nice and diligent, but I had to go back four times. Why? Because I didn’t have any fingerprints!!  I’m sure that’s the hazard of crafting with a hot glue gun.

So, you see the little pink finger cover in the photo? I encourage you to get some. You get two for $1 at Dollar Tree and they have changed my life.

When you have glued and pulled the fabric all the way around the foam circle, set it aside.

Next, glue the two smaller foam circles together and press the two circles together as the glue dries.

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Using a ruler, find the center of the remaining larger foam circle and the center of the two that have been glued together — or eyeball it. Then put the oatmeal container in the center of each and trace around the bottom of that to mark where it will sit.

Now glue in place.

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For you sharp-eyed followers, you’re correct. I did not use the oatmeal container that is pictured in the supplies. That’s because I dropped it and my chihuahua decided it would make a good toy. So, I had to pour my breadcrumbs into a ziplock bag and use that container. ha ha ha

Now it’s time to cover this strange looking thing in fabric. Just drape the remaining fabric over the top and pull it all the way over with some over lap around the foam circle.

When you have the fabric in place, pull a rubberband down over the top and to the bottom, then trim the excess fabric — leaving about two inches of fabric from the edge of the foam circle.

Take a minute to pull the fabric taut and adjust all the gathers so they are distributed as equally as possible around the circle.

Now turn it upside down and begin gluing the fabric to the underside of the foam circle.

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Take your time with this step. First of all, you don’t want to burn your fingers. And second, you want the fabric to lay as flat as possible.

When you have glued all the fabric down, then reach for the fabric-covered foam circle that you set aside earlier.

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Using lots and lots of hot glue, attach the lone fabric-covered circle to the hat and quickly clip it while the glue dries.  Take a break to pour yourself a martini or eat a brownie. The glue dries in only minutes.

This is what your project looks like at this point.

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It’s taking shape, right?

Now take a piece of ribbon and tie it around the bottom, around the rubber band to hide it. Don’t be afraid to pull the ribbon fairly taut.

This is where I changed things up a bit. I thought I wanted the white feather boa around the rim of the hat, but when I began gluing it on, I immediately reacted negatively. So, I came up with another idea. I had some white yarn, that wasn’t quite bulky enough to hide the edges, which is the whole purpose of the this part of the project.

So I braided three strands of the yarn together and came up with my own border replacement without having to order more yarn online (because I’m still not going out among the populous).

Glue whatever you use for the border to the edge of the top of the hat, then turn it upside down and glue it to the edge of the rim.  How cute is this? I’m loving it, already.

Now you get to embellish the hat and show off your creative talents. I just used two ribbons to make a bow and some holly leaves and berries. But you can do so much more; with ornaments, flowers, etc.

And viola’ your project is complete.

I think this is so cute and I’m sure I’m going to make a few more.

Even my husband got into it. Ha ha Fun times during quarantine.

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