Top Hat

by Kim Costello

Create an amazing top hat decor out of grunge paper


  • Ranger Idea-ology Grungepaper
  • Embossing Folder
  • Acrylic Paint, Adirondack Dabber Eggplant and Terra Cotta used here
  • Adhesive, Claudia Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte used here
  • Small Stapler, Ranger Tiny Attacher used here
  • Ranger Perfect Medium or embossing ink
  • Perfect Pearl Powders
  • Soft Brush
  • Crop-a-Dile
  • Paper Clips
  • Tweezers
  • Embellishments, Ranger Idea-ology Findings and Charms used here
  • Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities or other oval dies or templates
  • Co-ordinating eyelets, ribbon, trim, patterned paper


  1. Step 1

    Cut the parts for the top hat from grungepaper, (Tip: some printers will print directly onto grungepaper) use an oval Spellbinder die to help with cutting the brim and crown top. Apply paint to the pieces.

    Download the Top Hat Template here.

  2. Make sure to color both sides of the rim and all the edges.

  3. Step 2

    Apply contrasting color paint to the lining piece.

  4. Step 3

    Reposition your template on the crown to redraw the eyelets holes with a pencil.

  5. Step 4

    Punch out the two rows of drawn holes with a Crop-a-Dile, or a similar hole punch.

  6. Step 5

    Run the crown piece through your machine with your chosen embossing folder. Joining the pattern centrally if you can.

  7. Step 6

    Also emboss the top and brim.

  8. Step 7

    Position the template over the crown piece and draw a mark to show where the pleat will overlap.

  9. Step 8

    Apply a small line of adhesive and press pleats together.

  10. Step 9

    Secure with a paper clips at each pleat and leave to dry.

  11. Step 10

    Gently rub Perfect Medium over the embossed areas on the crown, crown top and brim.

  12. Step 11

    Buff on Perfect Pearls powder with a soft brush.

  13. Step 12

    Secure eyelets through the holes made in step 4.

  14. Step 13

    Adhere the thin strip of grungepaper about 1mm from the top on the lining piece.

  15. Step 14

    Apply glue to the strip and line up on the backside of the crown piece.

  16. Step 15

    Secure the strip with paper clips, but leave it free at the end about 2cm (abut 7/8" ) to allow for the lining. Adhere the other thin strip lower down the crown.

  17. Step 16

    When dry, apply a line of adhesive to the topmost ledge. Use a rubber band to help hold the oval shape and lay in the crown top.

  18. Step 17

    Hold the sides to help secure the top, you can leave the band around the crown until the glue has dried.

  19. Step 18

    String the co-ordinating thread through the eyelets use tweezers to help.

  20. Step 19

    Affix the brim using the Tiny Attacher, it will follow the curve of the crown creating a shaped brim.

  21. Step 20

    Roll patterned paper to fill inside the top hat and draw along the edge. Cut along this edge and position inside.

  22. Step 21

    Adhere ribbon to the cut edge to secure patterned paper.

  23. Step 22

    Attach the hatband ribbon over the staples with glue.

  24. Step 22

    Finally... Create roses and charms using dies and adhere over the join on the hatband. Place your finished hat onto a special Hat Stand.

    Check here for a tutorial on how to create the flower.



    Top Hat Stand Instructions:
    Apply glossy accents to a square Ranger Idea-ology fragment and place onto patterned paper. Trim the excess and sand any rough edges. Die cut a Sizzix small easel from chipboard, cover with black paint, curve the top corner with a punch and adhere to the fragment. Cut a tree from chipboard with patterned paper and age edges with distress ink. Adhere to the front of the easel, embellish with paper roses, charms and spooky items.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Top Hat. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love it! Love it! Love it! Think I'll have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.
Lorie-ThePeddler  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 3:49 AM
cute idea but I can't find any link or pattern for the top hat pieces. the brim and crown i have dies for .
Deb Fortin  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 5:16 AM
Cute as can be! But there are no instructions for sizes, no links to the pattern!!! Is there a website/blog to get those? Thanks
Jan  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 6:42 AM
Deb and Jan,

Sorry about that. The template can now be found under step 1.
beate  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 6:49 AM
These are so awesome....I love em...and I can't wait to make one for myself....thank you so much for sharing this with us....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 7:19 AM
Thanks for the link Beate !
Jan  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 7:27 AM
What a brilliant idea and, Would love to be able to do this project but I dont have a printer,do you have any ideas where I can get this?
Delia Kendall  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM
LOVE your top hat, Kim. How incredible! (Now I know why I bought grunge paper so long ago.) smile Thanks for all of your hard work in sharing the tutorial with us.
Mel McCarthy  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM
WOW. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.
Carol  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM
OMG, This is gorgeous. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. THS
Tonniece  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Very fun idea. I can see one on my desk at work, I hope.
I'm very interested in the music, too. Any credits?
wearefromfrance  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM
WOW thank you, thank you for your wonderful comments I had lots of fun making these...
I can't wait to see others take on it!

The music on the video is 'and so to dream', by Mike Rowland... nice and calm lol!

Have a brilliantly creative day
HuGs Kim ♥
kim costello  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Such a cute candy holder! Thanks so much for the videos and template!!
Pam  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Really REALLY cute! (although the music in the video nearly put me to sleep!) lol
Robin Schaefer  |  Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM
Amazing as always Kim!
Elaine  |  Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 4:55 AM
Thanks so much for posting this! I starting making a couple of them last night, including one about 2x the size -- I had luck blowing up the images and printing directly to 6"x12" Grungepaper from Photoshop. Once I got to the glue part I was "stuck", though (hah!) -- I need a good substitute for matte medium available at local craft stores (Michael's and Jo-Ann, for instance). I'd love it to dry clear and be almost invisible over acrylic paint. Any ideas?
Callie  |  Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Ooooh how exciting Callie looking forward to seeing your top hat! So, as for adhesive we don't have a michael's or Jo-ann here in uk (we only wish we did) I would suggest fabri tac, it's strong, permanent and should dry clear.
Hope it helps
Hugs Kim
Kim costello  |  Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM
This is such a FANTASTIC tutorial! I followed it from the article in the Craft Stamper magazine and I loooooved the final result. Thanks so much Kim for sharing it! xxx
Asia King  |  Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 2:18 AM
I so love this that I had to make the top hat, sadly I did not have grunge paper so I tried with card stock. I brushed the back of the Cardstock with modpoge then let it dry. I then followed the directions. I just had to adjust a little but it worked out lovely. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. I for one appreciate your kindness.
Jojo  |  Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

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