You Will Need
- 1 miniature top hat. These can be found in the doll making isle of most craft stores.
- 2 "pterodactyl clips" I don't know their proper name, see pictures below if you have no clue what I'm talking about. :P
- Either Hot Glue or Tacky Glue
- Trinkets to decorate your hat with (feathers, safety pins, ribbon, beads, scraps of fabric, buttons, fabric/puff paint, the possibilities are endless!)
To begin your top hat, first establish a general theme. A hat can be decorated to suit any gothic style! Do you want to strive for elegance with fluffy feathers and delicate beaded trim? Or perhaps you'd like a grungier top hat with Tim Burton stripes and safety pins stuck through the brim. Look at your supplies, and decide what you want your hat to say about you.
When looking at a top hat to decorate, I usually see three main areas of emphasis: the top, the brim, and the...er...body. That is, the bit between the brim and the top! The body of the hat is the best place for decoration because it is the most easily seen when the hat is worn. Unless someone is looking down at you, they probably won't see the top of the hat when it is perched atop your fabulous gothy head, the same generally goes for the brim (although the brim is a good place to hang dangly little charms off of). So when decorating your hat, focus your ideas on the body. Also remember that a top hat is a 3-D object, so it will be viewed from all sides when worn. Don't put all your wonderful decorations in the front and leave the back bare!
Layers are the key to making a crafty object (those top hats are very conniving) look like it was really hard to make! So consider how you want things to overlap and maybe sketch it out before you glue if you're really ambitious (or have more patience than I do).
|My little piece of ribbon wasn't long enough to go all the way around,|
but I was going to put a large decoration for a focal point anyway,
so I could easily cover up the bare patch.
|Cross the ribbon in back...|