Dress Up a Plain Hat with Raffia Flowers
Boost even the most basic topper with a row of raffia flowers. Here’s how to make each blossom, in three steps:
Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard that’s approximately four inches long and one inch wide. Cut a length of raffia to approximately six feet. Tightly wrap the raffia around the cardboard lengthwise.
Step 2: Carefully slide the wrapped raffia bundle off the cardboard, then tie a two-inch length of raffia around the bundle’s middle. Snip through the looped raffia at both ends. Repeat three more times to create four bundles.
Step 3: Stack the bundles atop one another as shown, then tie the entire stack together in the middle with a three-inch-length of raffia. Fan the bundles to make the flower appear full. Repeat as desired, making enough flowers to encircle your hat’s brim.
To attach the blooms to one another, and your hat, cut another length of raffia to approximately four feet. Slide the raffia through the center knot of each flower. Push the flowers together, then tie the raffia around your hat’s brim and trim any excess raffia — to fashion a bonnet in full bloom.
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