How to Make a Hat Gift Box

by Maggi HARDING

Make a gift box for a special person in your life that is cleverly disguised as a lady's elegant hat. My hat is made with Graphic 45's beautiful new Portrait of a Lady collection.


  • Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Collection 12 x 12:
  • 3 papers from the collection:
  • I used Victoria and Portrait of a Lady
  • Decorative Chipboard (optional)
  • 1 yard white or cream tulle
  • 12" strung beads
  • 13" dimensional foam tape
  • Petaloo Textured Blossoms Apricot
  • Petaloo Botanica Blooms Ivory or White
  • Petaloo Botanica Petites white and/or coral
  • Petaloo Spring Berry Clusters Peach/Green
  • 13" peach ribbon 5/8" wide
  • 4" tall round bos, the diameter is also about 4"
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut a 8" in diameter circle and cut out frome the center, a 3 7/8" circle as shown. Discard the inner circle.

    Step 2

    Cut two strips from the B side of Portrait of a Lady 1 1/2" x 12 " and 3" x 12". (Note on paper is wrong as it says 2" x 12")

    Step 3

    Paint the inside of the box and the lid. Paint about one inch around the outside of the box as shown.

    Step 4

    Put scortape on the backside of the two pieces of paper (I prefer to use scortape for this application, you may use whatever adhesive you prefer.)

    Step 5

    Adhere the 3"x 12" paper to the box, lining up at the bottom, so that the painted surface shows. The top portion of the box is not covered w/paper because the lid will not fit if the top is covered.

    Step 6

    This is how it looks after the box body has been covered.

    Step 7

    The circumference of the box lid is greater than 12" so cut a 1 1/2" square to fit it and glue to the box as shown.

    Step 8

    Glue the 12" strip to the lid lining the bottom of the paper up with the bottom of the lid. The excess paper should extend above the top of the lid.

    Step 9

    Now cut around the paper every 1/2" or so being careful to only cut to make the cuts to the top of the lid.

    Step 10

    Fold the tabs down and glue all around to the top of the lid.

    Step 11

    Cut a 4" circle from the B side of Portrait of a Lady. Note: I find that the boxes can differ a tiny bit in circumference so i suggest you 1st cut sample circles & check for fit before final cut.

    Step 12

    Glue the circle to the top of the lid as shown.

    Step 13

    Cut a 3 1/2" circle for the inside bottom of the box and glue. (I added the inside papers after I had attached the brim but better to do it before attaching the brim!)

    Step 14

    Cut a rectangle 3 7/8" x 12" and glue inside the box. Do this before adding the brim!

    Step 15

    Cut two 3 3/4" circles and glue one to the inside of the lid and the other to the bottom of the box.

    Step 16

    Now slide the brim (large circle) over the base of the box. Give it an angle, however you like.

    Step 17

    Carefully holding the brim in place, mark underneath the brim where the brim should "sit".

    Step 18

    Tape around the box where you marked the brim placement with dimensional foam tape.

    Step 19

    Place a bead of glue all along the edge of the foam tape.

    Step 20

    Place the brim back on the box and press into place all along the top edge of the foam tape. Allow the glue to dry.

    Step 21

    Pull the backing off the foam tape and press a ribbon onto the tape all around the hat.

    Step 22

    Add beads around the hat where the crown and brim meet.

    Step 23

    Tie a pretty box with the tulle and attach to the back of the hat at the paper seam.

    Step 24

    Now you are ready to embellish the hat anyway you like!

    Step 25

    I've used a mix of Petaloo blooms.

    Step 26

    Petaloo Botanica bloom in ivory.

    Step 27

    Petaloo Textured Blossoms in Apricot.

    Step 28

    Petaloo Spring Berry Clusters.

    Step 29

    Step 30

    I design for Graphic 45, Creative Embellishments, Petaloo, & Cheery Lynn Designs. Tutorials on my Thanks so much! Please like if you enjoyed this guide.