DIY decorated summer hat


How to personalize your summer hat

Decorated summer hat
Decorated summer hat

Is it still summer? Yes! Then their is still time to post another DIY hat transformation. This time I wanted to challenge myself and see what result I could achieve with a very basic hat purchased for $1.00. I used ocean mementos and upcycled jewelry to decorate and create a very special mount for this DIY decorated summer hat tutorial. This is a simple 2 hour project that I hope will inspire you to make your own.

Let’s begin this tutorial on how to personalize your summer hat!

DIY decorated summer hat

Personalize a simple summer hat
It all started with a $1.00 hat!

Raw-edge paper yarn fiber hat purchased for $1.00. The hat is decorated with a simple braid of raffia cords. I actually used those raffia cords for another DIY hat transformation project that you can view here DIY hat with mother of pearl.

I decided to hand-paint the hat for a shabby-chic distressed look.

I used this paint on a straw hat
Red brown paint

I wasn’t too sure about what kind of paint to use. I had this ceramic paint in my craft supply and even though it had a glossy finish I decided to give it a try. It was part of the fun to use supplies that I already owned to keep this project low cost.

Hand-paint a straw hat
The painted hat looks pretty good!

I hand-painted around the raw-edges of the brim, and faked some worn spots on the crown. Once dry the paint was a bit shiny but not glossy. The paper yarn fibers really absorbed the paint. I like how it turned out. Do you?

Upcycled jewelry
Mementos used to decorate the hat

This decorated summer hat tutorial was a good occasion to upcycle jewelry and to use some of my mementos that were just collecting dust.

A quick description of the ones that I have used. On the left a gifted necklace never worn. On the right; a seashell necklace souvenir gifted from Ghana also never worn (the beads were stringed on a stiff cord and the necklace hanged awkwardly). The seahorse is from Roatan (I sprayed the seahorse with a clear coat of low gloss finish). And some feather earrings that I handmade in the 90s.

Upcycled jewelry to decorate a hat
Slip the chains around the hat

First I adjusted the length of the chains to fit loosely around the hat.

Supplies used to decorate a straw hat
Insert the leather cord in the lace eyelets

I wanted to add some lace for a touch of femininity. I chose a 1 inch (2.5 cm) black polyester lace trim. I inserted a leather cord through the lace eyelet patterns.

Supplies used to decorate a straw hat
Use a hot glue gone to fix the embellishments

I used a hot glue gun to fix the lace trim around the crown of the hat. A placed the lace just a little above the chains. I started and finished the lace at the center front of the hat and overlapped them a little.

diy summer hat customization
Lace with leather insert fixed around the hat

This is how the lace trim with leather cord insert looks once fixed on the hat. The lace trim laid nice and flat against the hat.

DIY Decorate a hat with a necklace
Arrange the necklace around the hat

The next step was to fix the necklace around the brim of the hat. I positioned the seashell pendant in the center front and placed the beaded strands under the chains on each side of the hat.

The necklace wasn’t long enough to cover the hat circumference and I also needed to hide the necklace screw clap closures.

DIY decorated summer hat
Hide the necklace closures under the chains

I passed the necklace closures under the chains and fixed them in place with a drop of hot glue. The chains rest over the necklace closures making them invisible.

Use a necklace to decorate a hat
Use a necklace to decorate a hat

The seashell pendant was sticking out and moving around. I used a few drops of hot glue under the seashell to fix it on the brim of the hat.

How to make the seahorse and feathers hat mount.

Upcycled jewelry
Upcycled jewelry

I prepared the feathers by cutting off the earring wires.

DIY seahorse and feathers hat mount
Arrange the feathers behind the seahorse

I arranged the feathers behind the seahorse. I had to make sure that the hat mount would cover the lace junction at the front of the hat while not touching the seashell pendant. Once I was satisfied with the feathers arrangement I fixed them on the back of the seahorse with hot glue.

DIY seahorse and feathers hat mount
DIY seahorse and feathers hat mount

And for the last step (the rewarding part) I aligned the mount in the center front of the hat. This time using a good amount of hot glue to securely fix the mount in place.

How to personalize your summer hat
How to personalize your summer hat

Above the finished DIY decorated summer hat from different angles.

DIY hat transformation
DIY hat transformation

How to personalize your summer hat?

Look through your keepsakes, especially the ones that you cannot part with. Group them together to study their possibilities; can they tell a story? Like your unforgettable trip to France. Why not make a memory hat? Embellish a hat with your grandmother’s vintage jewelry and a drape of her wedding dress. Or maybe what you need is a hat with some yellow components to accessorize those sandals that you never wear.

All ideas are good, grab a hot glue gun and let your creativity shine through. Give your precious souvenirs a stage to live on. You never know, your creations may look so good that you might display them on a wall! Create – Enjoy – Repeat (my modus operandi).

Thank you for passing by

Au revoir!

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DIY decorated summer hat
DIY decorated summer hat

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