Craft Project - Autumn Hatby Wen Zientek-SicoThis beautiful hanging floral arrangement is easy to make and perfect for fall. We used flowers from 5 different silk bushes and had enough to make 6 hats, and it was much cheaper than buying the flowers by the stem if you are making a bunch of bonnets or other fall floral arrangements. Individual stems can be used, but make sure to cluster smaller flowers together so they have more impact. Whatever flowers you use, make sure to have at least a dozen large blooms to give your hat some focal points that will show up from a distance. If you use all small flowers, they will all tend to blend together and get lost in the overall design.
18 inch straw hat
2 yards 1 1/2 inch wide orange wired ribbon
4 large silk sunflowers
4 large silk hydrangea blossoms
5 large silk mums
2 autumn colored berry sprays
8-10 smaller clusters of mums and other flowers
4 stems silk autumn leaves
12-15 green leaves in different sizes
Glue gun or tacky glue
Tie the ribbon around the center of the hat and let the ends drape over the edge of the hat. Remove the flowers from their stems if necessary. Arrange the larger flowers on the hat. Add the berry sprays. Fill in with the smaller flower bunches, autumn leaves, and green leaves, nestling the green leaves underneath the flowers for a more natural look. Once you have the flowers arranged the way you like them, remove them one by one and glue them onto the hat until they are all affixed firmly. Let the glue dry thoroughly before hanging.
Project Developed and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.