How to Stiffen a Straw Cowboy Hat

I have such a brown cowboy hat, which I carry across the field whenever it’s cold and snowy. It holds my head warmer and my glasses away from the cold. But pretty soon, it gets punched or out of formation. I don’t even mind how it appears as much as it functions, but sometimes I reorganize it. A lot of people in the country wear cowboy hats, and I think they look great. But I also think that they are functional as well. They keep your head warm in the winter, and they keep the sun out of your eyes in the summer.

I do have a black cowboy hat, whenever it’s cold and snowy, I carry at the job. It got tossed about in the vehicle, and it has to be re-stiffened, restructured, and sometimes water-resistant until far. I started recalling how my father touched up my cap and how clean and rigid this was, so I wanted to give it another shot. It didn’t last long, maybe five minutes. The stuff on the hat is soft and not sticky like I think it should be. The first thing I noticed was that it turned out very stiff and not very pliable. It wasn’t a smooth texture.


Any paraffin wax was the very first component I wanted. You probably say it’d be simple sufficient to purchase paraffin wax, but it could be tough to obtain through it unless it was the canning time. I decided on the dry, unflavored candles at last. I chose to be odorless, so when they smoke, candles let off so much dust, and I really would not like my caps to feel like a perfume.

I think it would dissolve the candle with the old generator I had in my store to warm stuff up but was too inefficient, so I fired my heat gun, which also burned up the candle far quicker. With wax melting, I applied the wax mostly on underneath the brim and the caps interior using a tiny brush. I coated the interior and underneath so there’d be less visible from the inside / underneath if there had been a waxy layer.

There was a waxy smell because the person had not removed all of the wax. The person’s father sprayed on the candle wax and let the cap soak. This is all correct on the white hat of a child since everyone notices what the hat appears like.

To my joy and excitement, the wax cooled and then almost totally consumed the sensation. What’s not soaked, I rubbed the paste with a heavy scrubbing brush, extracted the polish that I might, and afterward warmed the wax it until all of it had been soaked up into the cap. I’ll need to do this once again, but that’s not likely to be for a while as the feeling is gone for now.

This was solid and sturdy when the hat settled. The technique went well enough that I waxed my black hat, too, though. I’m pleased. I might have put a little bit much more wax underneath the black hat’s head as its white waxy stain is small. Nobody except me, though, recognizes that it’s there, so I don’t mind. I’m not sure if I’d make the same hat again. It’s large, and heavy for its size. (My head is on the large side, though.) I’d like to try a smaller one, but I want it to be reinforced so that it doesn’t collapse.

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Nancy Behan

Nancy Behan

Nancy is an embroidery artist, fashion blogger and a full time editor at DIY quickly. Nancy edits the fashion section on DIY quickly, focusing on the embroidery and cross stitch articles, alongside with fabric and other costume design elements. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She loves to work on her own projects, read books and watch romantic movies in her spare time.

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