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Monday, April 8, 2013

Make Her Doll a Derby Hat, Too!

In our continuing quest for beautiful Derby hats, our granddaughter did not want to leave her dollies out of the race. We decided to have our own hat-making party, joined by my sister, who lent her creative flair and even brought her own crafting stash of pipe cleaners, glue guns, and glitter.
We were lucky enough to find basic-shaped, bright white, wide-brimmed girls’ hats on sale, which began our inspiration. Craft store finds of large... and white gerbera daisies determined our daisy theme, and we contrasted the white nicely with popping colors of hot pink, bright green, and sunny yellow. Further finds were matching pink and green shiny, satin ribbon, and glittery ladybug clip-ons.
A ribbon band was measured and glued around the hat, one each in pink and green. We let the ribbons trail down each hat back. One large daisy was glued to the side of each hat. For the pink-ribboned-and-daisied hat, simple pipe cleaner leaves and swirly stems extended from the middle daisy. My sister twirled some yellow tissue-paper into a thin band over the green ribbon to enhance the yellow/green version. She then added some bits of floral arrangements, more pipe cleaner leaves, and a ladybug to complete the look. We even made matching purses in coordinating green and yellow felt, with twisted, two-toned pipe cleaner handles.

From the creative chaos brimming over on my kitchen table emerged two Derby hats, one for a creative little girl and one for her dollie.

Contributed by Kathy Bolger, Senior Graphic Designer, Today’s Woman magazine.


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