They deck their tree and house out in a theme every year and this year they are using bright colors - lime green, hot pink, and turquoise blue. Don fell in love with the snowman hat as a tree topper 2 years ago. We looked and looked at them, but he would change his mind and never bought one. Last year, they used a beach theme for their tree with star fish, shells and all kinds of cute beach themed ornaments, so he didn't think the top hat was the right thing to use as a tree topper. This year, it is THE perfect thing to use to go with all the bright colors on the tree and throughout the house. Needless to say, you can't find one of these just anywhere. So, I told Don I would make him one as part of his birthday gift. I wish you could see it in actuality, it is SO cute with lots of glitz and sparkle. It would make Lady GaGa proud.
What started the whole conversation was Don saying he wanted a top hat this year for the tree, but didn't want to spend the money for a ready made one. Then, I found one on Pinterest that was really cute made from a coffee can. He and Rick really liked it, so I said that is what I would make. As you can see, that is not what I made but I did use a Trader Joe's coffee can for the base. Did I take a picture of the coffee can? Of course not. Sorry. But the can is 9.75 inches tall by 4.5 inches in diameter. It is taller than most regular coffee cans and narrower. Perfect for this project!
Remember, I am doing this on the fly, so I played around a bit and started at one place and proceeded to another. Do you do that when creating? My years of working in theatrical costumes has taught me a lot about things that can be used that are inexpensive but do the job just fine. So, I started with an empty coffee can. Next, I cut up some cereal boxes because I wanted to cover the hat with them.
Next, I traced around the can on another painted piece of cardboard to make the top of the hat, cut it out and hot glued it to the top of the cardboard around the can.
Next, I made what would be the brim. I cut out a large circle of cardboard and that is where the lightbulb went off in my head. This would be too flimsy for what I wanted. That meant time to search the craft room for something else to cover this cardboard with. If you are a crafter like me, then you probably have all kinds of things lurking in the shadows of your craft room. Ding, ding, ding - I found just what I needed. There was a package of 12 x 18 craft foam in different colors and - wahoo- two pieces of lime green foam. That was exactly what I wanted. I covered the cardboard covered coffee can with a piece of foam and trimmed it. I hot glued it down the seam and then hot glued the other end and pressed it over the first seam. Somehow I missed taking a picture of this step. That's what happens when I get into being creative. Oh well. Then I cut a round piece to cover the top of the coffee can and hot glued it down.
For the brim, I traced two circular pieces of foam and cut those out. I sandwiched the cardboard circle between the two foam pieces and hot glued them around the edges. Again, no picture. Please forgive me.
Now, it was time to cover the base pieces with the Deco Mesh. First, I cut a piece about 1 inch bigger than the circle meant for the hat brim. I laid the foam covered piece in the center of the Deco Mesh and gently pulled the edges over the top of the piece. Working in about 2 inch sections, I put a little hot glue on the edge of the circle and pressed the mesh down with a wooden dowel rod I keep for hot gluing so I don't burn my fingers!!!! And boy, does it burn if you touch it! Simply roll from the outside edge toward the center until the mesh sticks to the foam.
Now, I laid a large piece of mesh over the circle I just finished and cut the mesh to the exact size of the circle. Then, you guessed it, I glued the mesh to the unfinished top.
I placed the crown of the hat in the center of the circle aka the brim. I used a pencil and made dots in the foam by pushing the pencil down through the mesh so I would know the crown was centered when I glued it on. After all this work, I certainly didn't want an off center crown! Now, I ran a bead of hot glue around the bottom of the coffee can and set it in place on the brim. I ran another bead of glue around the outside edge of the crown just to make sure it held.
To finish the hat, I used some of the silver snowflakes from a garland that I had purchased at Hobby Lobby to decorate the brim of the hat, the hat band and the underside of the brim so you can see them when the hat is on the top of the tree. I mean, it is a snowman's hat after all.
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT ON THE TOP OF THEIR TREE!!
If you decide you want to make one of these adorable hats, you can use any sized can for the base. It just depends on the look you want and pretty much follow the same procedure using any colors of your choice. You know, I am thinking I may just have to have one of these for each of the grandson's trees and ours too. Time's a wastin' Grandma. You better get busy!
Things to Remember:
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around................Sing with me now
Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me.