Garden or Farm Stand Straw Hat Signage

One of my most favorite things about summer is when we’re driving down that country road on a road or day trip and we see signage off in the distance, along the roadside  that reads: CORN, PEAS, GREEN BEANS…

We almost ALWAYS stop and have a look.  How could we not?

You can’t get any fresher than produce that was probably picked that very same day within that very same county by the very same people working the  farm stand.

Buying produce for your next meal while traveling is not always an option; however, on the last few of our camping trips, we were dishing up farm stand fresh corn, cucumbers and watermelon right there at our camp site.

Maybe I’ve seen this at a farm stand… or maybe in a picture…I’m not sure, but when I stopped off at the dollar store the other day and saw these straw hats…for some reason, all I could see was the words tomatoes, carrots, corn…  


Garden or farm stand straw hat signage



I gathered up a few straw hats from the dollar store, but salvaged ones would have been even better.


paint-base-top-coatI sprayed the rims with a base coat of black on a few of the hats (and orange on one, too).

Placed vinyl and paper lettering along the rim on top and bottom to create my garden signage and then sprayed over it with a different color top coat.

Note: to get the paper lettering to stick temporarily, I used spray adhesive on the back of the paper ONLY.  I was able to reposition the lettering and pull it off easily once I was done.

how-to-make-garden-straw-hat-signageI made an arrow shaped template out of card board, traced around it with a black Sharpie and then drew the lines out the rest of the way around the wording.

Using a small craft brush and white craft paint, I edged out the inside of the black lines and then filled it in by pouncing with a sponge.  I pulled off the letters and then re-traced with the Sharpie one more time.

Note:  I touched up the black lettering with the Sharpie marker, but I  wish I would have touched up the orange lettering with some orange craft paint, as well.




Since we don’t actually have a vegetable garden in our teeny, tiny townhouse yard, I’m going to hang these hats in our scary basement, once it’s complete.  But if  I had a big yard and a veggie garden I would hang them up on a fence post or right on the fence, let them get all aged and weathered looking and wait for my garden to grow

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you’re diggin’ your day ~ Amy

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15 Responses to Garden or Farm Stand Straw Hat Signage

  1. Vicky May 14, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    This came out so well Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule May 14, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Oh my goodness!! Those are adorable!! I love them…sooo creative Amy!


  3. Feral Turtle May 15, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    You really come up with the most creative ideas! These are fantastic!

  4. Mel May 15, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Amy they are just amazing I want some in our garden.

  5. Danni@SiloHillFarm May 15, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Oh I love these! I saw so many pretty painted straw hats when I went on a cruise and never thought about using one as a sign! Nice job girl!!

  6. heather f May 16, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    You are too clever! I love these and I also think how cute these would be for a nautical themed something. Because I come from boat people the first thing I thought was, it looks like line used in boating. They could say batten down the rigging….or something, haha

  7. Brenda Young May 17, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Amy, these are absolutely awesome sauce! Brought a huge smile to my face, OH BTW congrats on this weeks feature spot over at Funky Junk, you deserve it girl! Loved that post as well!

    • Amy May 17, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you, Brenda, these were silly fun, I only wish I had a real garden to hang them in.

  8. Virginia May 17, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    What a great project. Your hats make such fun art. Thanks for sharing such easy instructions.

  9. Bliss May 20, 2014 at 8:00 am #


  10. Alexis @ Persia Lou June 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Wow! These are so cool! They totally look like vintage, roadside signs. I would love it if you had a second to come by and share them with us at The Makers link party over on my blog. 🙂

    • Amy June 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for the invite. I just linked up ~ Amy

  11. Angie @ Knick of Time May 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    This are so unique! I’m looking forward to featuring you at Farmhouse Friday this week!


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