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Staining a paper straw hat Answered

Hi all.

I was recently returned a hat I bought for my ex, it was one of those "I'd like that" moments where I spent a few pounds on something that she changed her mind about before it arrived and has never been worn since, it's not a particularly expensive hat but it is a unisex style essentially just a white straw cowboy style hat in fact I have a similar one in brown.
Not being a great lover of white hats I would like to stain it a different colour but as I have never stained paper straw I have no real idea of how best to begin.
Suggestions from anyone with experience of this material would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance.



11 months ago

That sounds just what I’m looking for. My lovely paper straw hat has faded and I want to put colour back in. I’ll try this, thank you.
Chris B


3 years ago

Hmm, is the hat straw treated with a slick coating? I would think that the fibers would not really absorb dye easily or evenly if it was in it's natural state. I saw a video of them dyeing straw hats in a giant cauldron of boiling dye. They have spray fabric paints that might work.

Nostalgic Guycaitlinsdad

Reply 3 years ago

Not nearly that hi tech, this is more or less raw straw no special coatings just a nice light weight hat ideal for hot sunny days.

I'll check out the spray paints and dyes in my local craft store this week.


Downunder35mNostalgic Guy

Reply 3 years ago

I don't know if you have something to try this method on first but I was told food coloring works really great and preserves the natural structure.
So darker parts go darker than lighter parts.
Friend of mine used food color in a simple spray bottle to "paint" his rice straw mats.
But they were sealy after with normal clear coat as the color was going on your sking once you started sweating a bit.