A hat for your house


Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to put away all of the snowmen decorations and bust out all the pastels that make April feel fresh. One of my favorite things to do in spring is fill the house with color from flowers to new pillows; but one very obvious part of my house always seems to get missed -— the outside. Unfortunately I don’t have a green thumb, so a beautiful garden is out of the question and last time I checked there were no holiday lights for the spring season. So I did what any DIYer would do in a pinch and called in reinforcements (aka my mom) to help me think of something festive to fancy up my front door. As always she had “just the thing” for inspiration, one of her favorite DIY’s from years past, her egg-hat wreath. Yes, you read that right, her egg-hat wreath – which has seen a better day – provided just the inspiration I needed to modernize the look for my house. This quirky project is just the splash of spring I needed for my front door and adds a vintage charm and playful look to the house.

What you’ll need

  • Straw hat (we found ours at Michael’s for under $7)
  • Wired ribbon in a fun print
  • Plastic or styrofoam eggs
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

What to do

  1. To get started, thread one of your pipe cleaners through the straw hat where the brim meets the top. Pull it through and twist it at the base, then twist again at the top to create a loop. This will act as your hanger.
  2. Next wrap a piece of your ribbon around the top of the hat leaving a little extra to tie. Cut it to length and tie it in place. Use hot glue to secure the top edge of the ribbon to the hat to make sure it doesn’t shift.
  3. Then take your eggs and position them a half inch away from the top of the hat along the brim. Secure each egg into place by generously applying hot glue to the bottom of the egg and pushing it firmly into the brim of the hat, make sure the glue sticks to the straw.
  4. Once you have your first layer of eggs in place, you can arrange your second layer on top. To make sure this layer stays in place, put glue on the bottom of each egg as well as at the two points it touches the first layer. This will help to make sure your second layer is attached to both. the hat (at the base of each egg) and to the first layer.
  5. Finally, make a bow (as simple or fancy as you like) and slide your second pipe cleaner through the knot of the bow and twist. Then again feed the pipe cleaner through the straw of the hat and twist to secure the bow in place.

My mom found these vintage wooden egg decorations in her bag of tricks and I think they add a little something extra to the look, so be brave and make it your own by adding embellishments that fit your style!

Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.

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