DIY Kentucky Derby® Hat: 20 Minutes, $20

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 14:51 PM

We put ourselves up to the task of creating a Kentucky Derby® hat for our upcoming trip to Louisville. Now, when we think of the Kentucky Derby® and the hats that are displayed during the first weekend in May, one word comes to mind: extravagant. With that in mind, we wanted to make sure we stuck to the flair of the Derby weekend and our number one motto became, “the bigger, the better!”

Here is what you need to get started:

  • Table space with an outlet nearby
  • A Hat! Flat brimmed or a floppier style are both great.
  • Supplies:
    • Wired Ribbon
    • Feathers
    • Flowers
    • Textured Material – Netting, Tulle, Crinoline
    • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
    • Scissors

Next, come up with a game plan. We decided to stick to a color theme (pink, gold and green) and our goal was to find a centerpiece for our hat (ended up being a hot pink flower). Then came the true test of what else we needed and how we would position it all on the hat. In true Derby style, we fashioned our centerpiece slightly off-center and to the right on the hat. From there, we let our creativity flow.

Keeping our motto in mind, we grabbed three different colors of wired ribbon, two sets of fake flowers, greenery, burlap netting, two different types of feathers and our glue gun and went to work. You wouldn’t believe what we came up with in 20 minutes and just $20 spent on supplies! See below!


Pro Tips:

  • Pick a focal point and stick with it
  • Make sure your design is positioned slightly off-centered from the hat
  • Don’t be scared to be creative and use craft supplies like popsicle sticks or floral foam
  • Pick some great working music – helps set the creative mood
  • Lastly, have fun!

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Kristen Doolan

Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 


Jazzy Morgan

Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England and a die-hard Manchester United Fan. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011 where she attended Winthrop University and received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading her monthly Vogue & Cosmo and keeping up with fashion trends.


Evan Chronis

Evan Chronis was born in Omaha, Nebraska but has made his home in south Charlotte for almost two decades. A Tar Heel born and bred, Evan received his B.A in Media and Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an avid Boston sports fan thanks to his family’s New England roots, and a fanboy of Wes Anderson films.