September 13, 2011

Straw Hat Wall Art, Dimensional Hat Sculpture DIY

straw hat sculpture
I was commissioned to create a piece of wall art that looks like a straw beach hat. 

creating sculpture wall art in hat shape
I started by cutting a circle shape out of plywood with the jigsaw.
I wasn't too careful about it being perfect.
I used an inexpensive bamboo type bowl for the hat area and attached it using 
hot glue as well as small screws along the edges.

creating texture with joint compound products
I used Flexall and slathered it over the whole piece.
Update... I used a product called Flexall at the time of this post but it has been 
discontinued. I would recommend Dap Presto Patch as a subsitute.
It's basically like joint compound but a little stronger. 

diy paint pattern tool
To give it a woven straw texture, I used a rubber squeegee that I notched out with
a box cutter and drug it through the wet Flexall.
. I've used this squeegee before for other projects like the
Easter Egg Door Hanger. I used my fingers to make the ribbon design.

yellow straw hat sculpture
After it was dry, I lightly sanded and sprayed with spray primer and yellow spray paint.

paint wash to bring out texture
To bring out all the texture I had created, I brushed on watered down brown paint
 and quickly wiped away the excess.

straw hat with pink ribbon sculpture
I painted over the ribbon area with pink paint and while polka dots and added
a hanger to the back.

dimensional straw hat sculpture DIY
side view...

dimensional straw hat sculpture decor
I hung it on the armoire to give you an idea of the size
it's big...about 2 ft in diameter

hat sculpture
Looks like a straw hat just sitting there huh?

dimensional straw hat sculpture art decor
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  1. Very cute ~ girl you are sooo talented!!

  2. Well I thought I had seen all of your creative talent, but this is absolutely the best(I think) I love all you do. Doggie ornaments adorable. Love you, Mom

  3. Totally awesome Lucy!!!

    I love it, BUT I'm just curious, why didn't the client just use a straw hat?? (sorry just had to ask, lol)

    I totally love the way you created the ribbon, that was cool ;)

    Hugs, Bella

  4. oh,, that sounds like some fun stuff to play with. I love the hat,, it looks real. Very creative.


I've moved to to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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