Today I am going to show you how to make your own hat for a horse race. If you have ever been to a Derby Days celebration you have seen that ladies hats are a big style statement at the event. The hats are beautiful, but can be very expensive. To save money and get a bit of my crafty side out on the blog, I have put together this post for you to show you how you can make your own hat for the Derby Day races!
You can see my previous DIY Derby Days hat. Which do you like more? What items would you add to your own hat? Let me know in the comments below!
For this project, you will need:
– safety pins
– hat (my hat via Boardwalk Style)
– flowers (a great place to get flowers is Michael’s or Joann’s Craft Store)
– feathers & additional items (optional)
– hot glue gun (optional)
Now I actually did not use any glue on this particular hat. I have on previous hats that I have made. For this one, I used only safety pins for two reasons: 1) I did not have the patience for the glue to dry and 2) I did not want to permanently make this black hat a derby hat as I love wearing it during the summer.
Step 1 shown above- start by wrapping ribbon around the base of the hat. I like to use a ribbon with a bit of wiring in it. This ribbons holds its shape better. You can wrap the ribbon as many times as you would like around the hat.
Step 2- Gather your flowers and get them prepared to pin, glue, or sew on to the hat. It is very easy to pop the flowers off of their stems. From there, you can either add a safety pin, a clip, or even purchase elements with a clip already on them as shown in the photo below.
Step 3- Before gluing or pinning anything on your hat, arrange the flowers how you would like them to look. Play around with different settings. Before you begin actually adhering items to the hat, take a photo so you can remember what your arrangement looked like.
Step 4- Begin gluing and pinning items to your hat. Be careful not to have any pins stick throughout the hat. I pinned most of them to the ribbon surrounding the base of the hat.
Once you are done gluing- let dry. If you used pins, make sure none of the pins are sticking out and able to poke your head. Now that your hat is ready, it is time to start planning your outfit! Enjoy!