Adding fresh florals to a basic hat is pretty much the most darling thing we can think of! Eva De Viveiros, of Barefoot Contessa, is showing us how this simple little trick can spruce up an old hat we have forgotten about. Pull out those chapeaus from the back of your closet and revive them with this easy DIY!
We all have one or two hats in our wardrobe that make the occasional appearance! Adding floral embellishments to your sunhat will definitely give it new life. If you’re looking to pick one up for yourself, invest wisely. Always try to opt for a fine woven straw if you can. There are a lot of paper straw hats out on the market that are really lovely, but keep this in mind—the cheap ones won’t stand up to moisture or packing for a trip! If this is indeed your first hat, I would encourage you to stick to a solid basic like natural, ivory or black!
I’ve chosen to demonstrate with my vintage woven straw sunhat (I found this one recently at a market in California and gingerly carried it home on the plane!). Decide if you want the brim pinned up or left down. If left down, you can add any flowers to the base of the crown. Since this DIY pins the brim up, we will make a “corsage” and use it to keep the brim in place.
-Fresh or silk flowers
-Florist tape (available at most craft shops)
-Corsage pin (i.e a giant pin) or you could sew your silk flowers to the hat temporarily with a couple of stitches
1. Pick the fresh flowers you want in your “corsage.” This combination—a white rose, greens and lavender from the garden—has a soft, romantic vibe.
2. Play around with your bouquet until you like what you see. Remember that you will be laying it against the hat, so it needs to have a flat side.
3. Florist tape becomes sticky when you pull on it, so give it a tug to get it activated, and then when you like what you have created, secure the blooms together.
4. Simply wrap the stems a couple times with the tape and tear to secure. Remember to pull on the tape slightly to make it tacky and it will stick to itself. It comes in green or brown.
5. Now pin it to your hat! If you’d like the pearl end of the pin to show, pin it through the front, but you could easily use a plain pin and hide it inside the hat. Press through the hat and into the florist-tape-wrapped stems to secure, then back through the straw on the other side.
6. If you are using silk blooms and would like to stitch them on for a more permanent effect, use a thread color that will disappear into the arrangement.
7. Consider adding a bit of ribbon in a pretty knot or a bow to your hat “bouquet” for another look. Or, simply tie the ribbon to the crown of your hat. Leaving the tails long gives a much different vibe than tying a bow. Basically, just play around with it and see what feels right.