How to Make a Top Hat for a Table Centerpiece


The simple shape of a top hat makes it a great choice for both whimsical tea parties and elegant banquets. Multiple table centerpieces are needed for large gatherings and the shape of a top hat is a perfect container. Recycle large coffee cans for creating the base of the top hat, inexpensively, allowing you to spend your party budget on the menu and other party details. Gather the party planning committee and spend an evening quickly crafting top hat centerpieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Large coffee can
  • Black poster board, 13-inches square
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Heavy weight fusible web, 1/2 yard
  • 1/2 yard black cotton fabric
  • Iron
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 inch wide black satin ribbon, 2/3 yard
  • Clear 1/2 inch round cabochon
  • Tissue paper, two sheets
  • Place a large coffee can in the center of a piece of black poster board, which is at least 13 inches square. Trace around the circumference of the can. Remove the can. Measure out from the circle 3 inches and mark. Do this at several points around the circle. Sketch a circle around the original circle, connecting the 3-inch marks. Cut out the large circle along the outer line. This is your top hat brim and will be placed at the bottom of your centerpiece. Note: Do not cut out the center circle.

  • Cut a rectangle of the black cotton fabric 8 inches wide by 20 inches long. Apply a vertical line of craft glue down the seam of the coffee can. Place a short end of the fabric rectangle over the glue, matching one end flush with the top of the can and allowing the other end to extend past the bottom. Wrap the length of the rectangle around the can and overlap the short ends. Apply craft glue under the overlap to secure. Cut 1/2 inch slits in the excess fabric at the bottom of the can, from the fabric edge to the can. Apply a line of glue to the bottom outside edge of the can and fold each slit flap into the glue.

  • Place the hat brim circle on your work surface with the fabric side up. Apply hot glue liberally to the bottom of the coffee can and center it on the hat brim. Cut a 20-inch length of 2-inch wide black satin ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom edge of the coffee can. Overlap and hot glue the ends of the ribbon to the back seam of the coffee can hat. Apply hot glue to the back of a clear 1/2 inch round cabochon and place in the center of the ribbon on the front of the hat.

  • Cut two 30-inch squares of tissue paper in a color that will match your party. Line the top hat can with the tissue paper, allowing the excess to stick out. Fill the top hat with favor gifts or candy.

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