Painted Cowgirl Hat Tutorial

November 18, 2015

Painted cowgirl hat tutorial

Painted cowgirl hats are all the rage these days. Have you seen some?

Addie needed a custom hat.

Mom delivered.

(This is actually a Tutorial! Did you notice? Not aWhat-Not-To-Do-Torial!)

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We started with a pink straw hat. If you can’t find a pink one, or you want a different color, use spray paint. It is my opinion spray paint can fix darn near anything if applied correctly!

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I painted the under side of the brim a nice minty green/teal. I used run of the mill acrylic paints I purchased at Walmart. Step one complete. Let it dry.

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I googled inspiration for the image. This is done by a very talented lady, Denise A. Wells. Check out her site.

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I sketched it in with pencil, then went over with painters markers.

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I bought a set like this at Walmart.

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After I had most of the outline completed we needed to decide on the color of the horse. Since I had used most other colors (pink, red, white) I decided go for blue.

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Gasp! I was sure I ruined it at this point. I set it down and walked away.

"Grrr! Never trying anything artsy fartsy again!"

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Then inspiration struck! I went over the blue with white to mellow it out. Added a few pops of pink to the feathers and retraced the black.

Mama’s happy again!

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A little (or a lot) of silver sparkle spray paint.

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And I have a very happy cowgirl too!

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Now all I need to do is figure out how to attach her peacock feathers and she will have a perfect barrel racers hat!

** Now my two biggest mistakes (other than the freaky blue horse) were caused by being in too big of a hurry.

1. I have a big blue smear on the crown of the hat because I didn’t take my time and have my work space all prepared. (But I think the peacock feather will cover that up.)

2. When I went to open the glitter spray paint, it required a screwdriver to push the cap open. Being in a hurry, I hit the cap against the porch, resulting in a glitter eruption the likes of which I have never seen before or since! Next time, I will take a moment to find the screwdriver!

So if you take your time and be patient with the process and yourself this is a really fun project! Google "painted cowgirl hats" to see all sorts of fun ideas!

Self portrait sparkel spray

My sister wanted a picture of the sparkle spray mishap. Since taking the phone out for a quick self during a glitter eruption was out of the question (or I just didn't think of it) I did a recreate!

Here you go Beth!

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Thank you for stopping by the barnyard! While you are here stop and check out the Dalmatian puppies!

Feel free to leave comments below, but if you really need to get ahold of me call, 307-254-3968 or email me

Thanks so much! Erin

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