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Ohhh how I wish I was born in an era where big hats were acceptable.

With the exceptions of royal weddings and the Kentucky Derby there just doesn’t seem to be a social occasion where they are allowed.  Easter Mass doesn’t even bring on the assortment of bright colored old ladies hats I remember from my childhood.

Sure they obstruct vision. But what priest have you ever known that its necessary to look at to get the point of a sermon?

Okay, maybe sight is important at the Derby.

Large hats have prominent places in royal portraiture.  I’m a particular fan of Marie Antoinette in the late 1700’s. Just because there were rumors she was a flirt and eventually she didn’t have a head to put that hat on doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the audacity of the things she was painted wearing.   The hats are ridiculous, have feathers, stuffed creatures, flowers, and just are loud.

But the only time I get to wear a big hat is in the summer when I’m pretending like it will protect me from my sun worshiping.

Which leads me to my modern version of outrageous hairpieces. Fake flowers.

Roman poetry has portrayed the goddess Flora with “flowers spilled from her cascading hair, like roses scattered upon a table.”

In Greek weddings the bride and groom wear crowns made of white flowers.

Flowers are a more ancient and nature oriented hairpiece than outrageous hats, even if some of the hats had stuffed birds on them.  I have a feeling kids who sit behind me in class will be glad I steered clear of towering and slightly suggestive headwear.

I started with a few sets of fake flowers and stripped them of their connecting plastic.

I bought larger clips (I always struggle because my hair is so thick.)  It also gave me more room to create the flowers which I took advantage of in my fourth attempt.

After the different petals were stripped I cut a portion of felt to be the backing and snipped two holes in it so it would slide over the topside of the clip.

I then hot glue gunned the felt in place and stuck the petals in an overlapping pattern, gluing as frequently as every other petal or as infrequently as every three (the fabric for the white flowers was thinner than the orange).

Each flower took about 15 minutes as a whole and dried almost instantly.


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