Hat Decorating Ideas

Create the Perfect Party Favor- Decorated Straw Hats!

how to decorate straw hats

Here are some hat decorating ideas to create the most awesome party favor ever. I made them for our daughter's Kentucky Derby themed Bridal Shower, but they would be great for a tea party, garden party, an Easter bonnet or even a Halloween costume or decorate yourself for a 4th of July party with a patriotic themed sunhat!




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The Kentucky Derby and Fun Hats are synonymous.. so what better favor for our daughter's Kentucky Derby themed shower than hats for all the ladies. I bought 50 plain, colored straw hats .. added ribbons, toulle, artificial flowers and leaves and created the most fun and beautiful party favors ever. Decorating hats was a group effort as I enlisted my girlfriends to join me in a hat decorating party. In one afternoon, we made them all and had so much fun!


Hat Decorating Tips and Ideas

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For hat decorating, all you need is a glue gun, some floral wire, ribbons, flowers, buttons or feathers and toulle and you can start decorating hats. The toulle is so inexpensive and easy to use. Just snip off a length.. tie it in a knot and glue it on wherever you want. You can trim the length once it is set. Thin floral wire will help you to create bows of any size, just loop your ribbon back and forth into a s-shape and tie the wire tightly around it. Then pull out the loops of the bow. Wired ribbon is easiest but you can use plain ribbon as well. One of the first hats chosen was the pink and black one above. I simply glued a piece of a boa around the hat and how fantastic it looks!

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With 50 hats.. how to display? We strung some garland and clothes pinned the hats across the windows, as you can see in the photo at the top. Not enough room so we just clothes pinned the hats on all the curtains too! Make sure to have a mirror handy as everyone begins hat shopping!




Where to find the straw hats

We get so many requests about Where can we buy the straw hats ?  Amazon has lots of possibilities at various price points. Here are some that you can decorate with lots of colored ribbons, tulle and flowers! 

best bridal shower favor

Look at our bride and these adorable Derby Dolls.. so cute!
See how we used this Hat Decorating idea for our daughter's bridal shower! 

They would be perfect for a Day at the Races or Garden Tea party themed shower too!



destination wedding gift bag idea


Look at how you can use these decorated hats for a tropical destination wedding or beach location wedding.. they can be part of the wedding welcome bags for out of town guests! Decorated hats would be the perfect welcome gift for the pool or beach bound guests and just so thoughtful!


how to decorate straw hats
decorating tables for holidays

Look at how cute this patriotic themed decorated hat is - perfect for 4th of July!  To further the theme for a bridal shower or tea party..Buy extra ribbon and when you are done decorating your hats, use ribbon to color coordinate your table with this easy table decorating idea.


make an easter bonnet


Use this idea to make your own Easter bonnet.. See more Easter Celebration Ideas here





More ideas here for creative bridal shower ideas!

Here's another easy and creative bridal shower favor idea.

Use this idea for a church Rainbow Tea... you can theme your hats in your table color!

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