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How to Decorate a Sombrero

by Sarah Schreiber

Make your sombrero as colorful as possible.

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A well-decorated sombrero is bound to grab anyone's attention. Invented by Mexican cowboys, sombreros have been around for centuries. Decorating one can be an enjoyable craft project for party-goers celebrating a Mexican-themed birthday, Mexican food-themed party or Cinco de Mayo. People can decorate the hats in a number of ways with a selection of readily available craft supplies.

Wrap colorful ribbon around the hat’s crown or brim, holding it in place with a hot glue gun.

Attach sequins to the sombrero along various parts of the brim and crown. Use glue or sew them on with a needle and thread. Arrange the sequins in patterns, making shiny designs such as a cactus, chili pepper or other item that has some Latin flavor.

Place dots of glue onto colored pom-poms and press into place around the sombrero’s bottom rim. As an alternative, attach the pom-pom to a thread, and sew the thread through the brim, leaving it hanging. When the wearer walks, the pom-poms will move around.

Use high-gloss acrylic paint along with a fine-tipped paintbrush to create patterns and designs on any part of the sombrero. Paint a wavy line around the brim or depict the scene of a fiesta covering the entire hat.

Attach cutout pictures depicting a Mexican theme to the sombrero. Glue the pictures to various locations on the hat. Cover the pictures with an additional layer of glue to seal them into place.

Arrange a collection of pins or buttons on the hat. Stick the pin through any portion of the hat to attach it. Place the arrangement in a pattern for an organized look or at random.

Incorporate three-dimensional objects on the sombrero. Attach plastic chili peppers to a string and tie it around the hat’s crown.

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About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.