Rittners School Of Floral Design
In Boston Presents....

Fun With Flower Hats-3

My goodness. This hat again? Have Hat.. Will Travel... This hat has certainly seen a lot of use in both Fun with Flower Hats 1 and Fun With Flower Hats 2!

We have deliberately used this hat over and over again to show how you may come up with all kinds of variations in your designs, even while starting from the same base.

Let's play with but another variation here, decorating this hat again!

What You Will Need

  • Hat base
  • Assortment of permanent botanicals
  • Wire and Floraltape
  • glue

    Here is the combination of flowers that we used in Flower Hats 2, viewed both from a distance as well as close....

    Now let's leave the flowers in the exact same spot, but again let's play with a variation.

    Let's change it slightly...... Can you tell me how we changed it?

    Notice that the change this time, is simply in the choice of permanent botanicals.

    Let's look at the same hat, but this time from a little farther away...


    I think that this is a particularly striking flower hat. What really makes the impact in this design is the selection of permanents and color. The yellow permanent sunflower is a very strong choice. It is a primary color. LIke it's live counterpart it is a visually bright flower that feels sunny and optimistic. It literally dominates the piece. It operates almost like a visual bullseye and draws the eye directly into the base.

    Isn't it amazing how just a few minor changes can result in a totally different look for your design!

    Construction of the floral part of this hat is quick and easy and essentially the same as in Flower Hat 2.

    One of two general approaches can be used.

    We could simply glue the permanents on to the hat, starting at the one end and gradually working lengthwise, alternating the materials.

    Alternatively, this design can be constructed as a classical corsage with one flower attached to the next one, and so forth. The entire unit can then be either glued or wired/tied to the hat.

    We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At Rittners Floral School in Boston we provide floral design instruction that includes a wide range of different styles and techniques. Folks attend Rittners Floral School, because we are darned good teachers!! Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!

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