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DIY Derby Hat

Kentucky Derby hat ideas don't get much easier than this.

DIY Derby Hat
DIY Derby Hat
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Learn how to make your own gorgeous Kentucky Derby hat to wear on the big day! This DIY Derby hat starts with a basic hat and ends with all the embellishments you desire. Choose your favorite silk flowers, patterned ribbon, gemstones, and more to decorate your hat. This is the focal point of your entire outfit, so make it as much of a statement piece as you can! It's so easy to make when you simply arrange your embellishments as desired and hot glue them in place. No matter if you're lucky enough to go to the Derby itself or are simply heading over to a friend's party, you'll want to appear wearing a fantastic new hat.

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • An oversized hat
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Jewels
  • Any other embellishments you want!
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters


  1. Cut the ribbon to fit around the hat with extra length to tie a bow. Glue in place, and tie the ribbon around the hat.

  2. Cut the stems of the flowers down to a five inch length. Lay the flowers on the hat where you want them, and glue them in place.

  3. Last, add any other jewels, feathers, or embellishments to your hat.

  4. Your hat is ready!

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Are you that person that loveshat ofall shapes and sizes then here is a great tutorial for you. Just take a pre-existing hat made one you all ready have and add some flowers and a bow and some flowers. Let your imagination go wild. This hat is more than for the Kentucky Derby it can be made for anyday. Spring and summer are here so get out those hats and decorate. Video to go with it. Have some fun.

This hat is so gorgeous! It definitely makes a statement. I would also decorate my Derby hat with large, colorful flowers. How fun!

I adore this hat! I love oranges and I think I'd try to add some mini faux oranges with greenery and orange blossoms to my hat.

I love the way this design turned out. I think I would add more flowers and some other colors to mine!

I love this design! I think I would do something very similar, maybe swap the flowers for peonies? And a floppier hat, the bigger the better!

I'd put sliders, a jar of pickles, some toothpicks, pre-cooked bacon, an apple, a can of pineapple rings, and maybe a hot dog on my derby hat. Just in case I got hungry.

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This is so fun! If I went to the Kentucky Derby, I would channel Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady: giant white and black hat, feathers, an enormous bow.

I would paint it green with a brown stripe around the brim, and glue mini plastic horses to it. If you can't go to the Kentucky Derby, WEAR the Kentucky Derby.

I love that hat! I'm not super creative, so I would probably keep your same design but with blue and purple instead of pink.


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