That Hat!

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A few weeks ago, I visited a thrift shop one Saturday morning and I came across this old hat.  It spoke to me somehow and though I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with it, I bought it and added it to my treasures.  Now HOUSEMATE groaned out loud and then laughed when he saw this hat come out of my car trunk.  Undaunted, I kept this hat on top of my desk and every day I contemplated how I was going to turn it in to something unique and useful.  The idea of a man’s desk organizer came to mind and I began thinking of how exactly I was going to do that.   On a trip to one of the local craft stores, I looked at clock faces, thinking I might incorporate one of them into the hat-desk organizer -thingy.  They started at $16.00! – Way too expensive!  So while at the local Good Will, I came across the clock figurine also pictured above – $1.00 and the clock was easily removed.  all it needed was a new battery!  I thought about making a slash in the top of the hat and incorporating a box of tissues into the thing, but HOUSEMATE let me know in no uncertain terms that “Real men don’t keep tissues on their desk.”  This was followed by a whole hearted affirmation from Son-in-Law, so that nixed that idea. 

Today, I got the hat off the top of the desk and set out to make a desk organizer out of it.  What Do men keep on their desks?

Paper Clips.

I found three old magnets in a drawer and held them under the top of the hat to see if they were strong enough to hold paper clips – They were, so I placed them carefully on the inside of the top of the hat and duct taped them into place.  Please note that I did use black duct tape at I thought it would be more “manley”.  It worked!

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What else would I find on a man’s desk?  Pens

There were two eyelet holes on either side of the hat, so I worked a piece of elastic from the inside, and across the side of the hat and back inside where I tied them firmly. This took a little work I had to use small scissors and tweezers to get the elastic through the eyelets. Now, pens can be inserted behind the elastic to keep them handy.

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Now for the clock

I decided where I wanted to place the clock face and then drew a light line around the base of it with a marker.  I wanted a very snug fit for this clock face so it would stay in place.  I made the initial cut in the center of the circle with a craft knife and then started cutting the circle, much smaller than my original marking, checking for fit as I went.  The actual hole was about a quarter of an inch smaller than the original circle I drew, and the clock stays firmly in place.

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I’m not sure about men, but I HAVE to have sticky notes on my desk.

The problem with that is the backing wasn’t heavy enough to hold the sticky notes upright, so I found a piece of cork board the same size as my notes.  I inserted the cork piece down into the hat band and attached it with some hot glue. (what else?) Then I put a piece of double sided tape on the cork and attached the pad of sticky notes.  It worked!

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One last item for my desk organizer – a calendar

I didn’t have a calendar small enough to fit onto this hat, so I tore the back off of my wall calendar and using a paper cutter, carefully cut out the months of a 2015 calendar.  Then I took a piece of card stock in a complimentary color and cut it just a little larger than my calendar pieces.  I folded the card stock in half and ran a line of hot glue down the fold.  Keeping the calendar pages neatly stacked together, I inserted all of them into the line of hot glue and then folded the top half down over the calendar pieces and the glue, then I trimmed off the top part of the card stock and attached the whole thing to the hat.

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Well here it is, my finished men’s desk organizer made from and old hat and some other scrap material.  HOUSEMATE had to admit he could see imagine this sitting on a man’s desk!

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  1. too neat! love the thought process and the tute! I might be a woman but I would love this on my desk 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at retro re-pin! Also I hope you saw our new Creative Craft Challenge on Fridays for upcycled/recycled crafts? Pls stop by and join us, this month is soda bottles/milk jugs (and related).

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