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Published 21 May 2024, updated 02 July 2024

Make and decorate a top hat out of recycled materials.

Unleash your creativity by building and decorating a top hat using recycled materials. Learn how to make the basic structure out of cardboard, then it's up to you to make your piece unique. The project is inspired by the top hat always worn by Mr Thomas Paisley, the first headmaster of the school that ran for over 70 years in our Museum building.

After the workshop, you may choose to enter your top hat in the City of Bunbury Libraries Wearable Art Festival.

Please Note:

  • This workshop is for children aged under 13 years.
  • Parents must remain in the Museum during the workshop.
  • If you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your booking or let us know at so that others may attend.

About Wearable Art Festival (WAF)
Developed in 2023 by Bunbury Public Library, WAF looks to expand each year to create community awareness of the important role we all play in reducing landfill waste. WAF inspires individuals, schools, community groups, aspiring artists, and businesses to reuse, repurpose and recycle everyday materials. These materials, commonly put into landfills significantly impact our environment. WAF inspires creativity within the community in repurposing everyday waste materials into art or fashion in a way that is fun and accessible for all.

Win a share of the $1,500 prize pool!
It’s easy! All you need to do is;
1. Register here by 4 August 2024, and
2. Create a fashion masterpiece, hat or sculpture using repurposed, recycled or compostable materials, and
3. Submit your shortlisting photos of your project by 16 September, and
4. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the WAF Finalists Showcase and Parade at Bunbury Forum on 5 October 2024. Winners will be announced at the parade.
View the terms and conditions here or express your interest here.

Who is eligible to apply?
Everyone. This is a family-friendly initiative, accessible to all. Register by 4 August as an individual, junior, or group. The choice is yours!

What other Wearable Art Festival activities are available?
Between now and 4 August, there will be a variety of workshops and activities to inspire both creativity, ideas, and involvement in WAF 2024. Stay updated on upcoming activities at the below venues:
- Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre
- Bunbury Public Libraries
- Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
- Nearer to Nature
- Bunbury Museum + Heritage Centre
- Stirling Street Arts Centre
- Bunbury Wildlife Park


Important Information

  • This workshop is facilitated by the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre and Bunbury Public Libraries.
  • Participation or completion in this activity does not include entry into the Wearable Art
    Festival competition. To enter the WAF competition, register by 4 August here
  • All materials and supplies are provided.