DIY Feather Hat

After jewelry, hats are my favorite accessory. Strawfedoras, caps, floppies, visors, cowboy, beanies, ushankas – you name it, I dig it. And just like jewelry, le chapeaux has the ability to relieve just about any wardrobe slump. This week, I’ll show you how to transform a simple floppy hat into something similar to Eugenia Kim‘s fabulous feather trimmed version in under 15 minutes. It’s that easy. Honestly.

You’ll need:

Remove any bows or bands around the hat. They were most likely attached using glue, which is very easy to remove from felt. Simply use a pair of tweezers or pliers to peel the glue from the hat. Felt is very resistant so this shouldn’t do any damage to the hat at all.

Place the feather around the base of the crown of the hat for placement. Using a pen, make a tiny mark where the base of the feather starts and another at the tip of the feather.

Run a thin, consistent line of hot glue along the base of the crown and between the two marked points. Hold the base of the feather with one hand and the tip with another. And working quickly while the glue is still hot, place the spine of the feather directly on the line of glue. Hold it in place for several seconds until it dries.

And just like that, you’ve made a feather trimmed felt hat.

Try different colors or even multiple layers of feathers. Have fun!

(felt hat courtesy of Wasteland; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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57 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Super lovely. You really got me into Diy. I did my first friendship bracelet. It wasn´t easy at first but now I know how it works. Thank you sooo much 🙂
    xo

    glamDevils

    1.22.13
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  2. Great DIY!! Love the blue with the tan fedora!!
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  3. Laura wrote:

    I absolutely love it !!
    check out my new outfit post: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/2013/01/22/it-keeps-on-snowing/

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  4. brooke wrote:

    i love hats too, and this is a fabulous (and super easy) way to enhance a floppy!

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  5. that´s nice! xo, Alma
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  6. alice wrote:

    Original 😉 You have great ideas 😉

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  7. Looks so pretty!!! 🙂

    xoxo

    LEATHER & ICE CREAM

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  8. Love it!

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  9. Kelly wrote:

    This hat is adorable and with your tutorial I think even I could manage this!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  10. rachael wrote:

    this is cute but i think i’d stick to a little feather stuck straight up in my cap! 🙂

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  11. Sophie wrote:

    Love the color of the feather! great diy xx

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  12. dimitri wrote:

    It’s very original and so pretty. Very nice DIY.

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  13. Denisa wrote:

    That looks ncie and I always do something creative. I like posts like that. Have a great day.

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  14. So simple yet striking. Thanks for sharing xx

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  15. The hat looks so much funkier and cooler with the touch of colour and feather..great idea 🙂

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  16. Awesome DIY! Adds a great pop of color!

    Just posted a DIY on my blog!

    xoxo
    Juliette Layra
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  17. What a simple but effective idea, I don’t suit many styles of hats but I love the splash of blue!

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  18. Love the idea!
    Great DIY!!!

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  19. irene wibowo wrote:

    cool!love it! 🙂
    Irene Wibowo

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  20. Jaeger wrote:
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  21. Ambyr wrote:

    I love that you did such a bright feather on a tan hat. It’s bold and artistic. I also really like how the feather doesn’t go all the way around the hat.

    xoxo
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  22. Melissa wrote:

    I have always wondered if I could pull off a fancy floppy hat
    . Love the blue

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  23. ohh i aodre this one!!!

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  24. Charlotte wrote:
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  25. We love it! its so original!

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  26. I love that the hat is bold, but still wearable.

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  27. Lejla wrote:

    Great idea, and it looks wonderful…

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  28. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  29. Nadja wrote:

    awesome idea! love how you did it!! blue is such a cool color 🙂

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  30. Lovin’ it. I see more DIY hat projects in your future. Maybe something with sequins next time?
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  32. spreston wrote:

    That is just too cute…..
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  33. i.s. wrote:

    simply brilliant idea! xx
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  34. DC2NYCo wrote:

    Seems like an easy but glamorous project that will revamp any hat!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Rachel wrote:

    I’ve been dying for a felt hat and this one is beautiful.
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  36. simple and beautiful diy, I love it

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  37. Jasmin wrote:

    woow your hat looks great!! I love the idea with the blue feather! Now it is special and such an eyecatcher! Thumbs up:)

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    1.23.13
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  38. MargieF wrote:

    I am really getting into crafts again recently and looking through your blog has given me some great inspiration. I might miss this one though as I am yet to find a hat which looks anything close to good on me!
    MargieF
    x
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  39. Lize wrote:

    a bit unrelated, but where did you get that necklace?? 🙂 it’s gorgeous!

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  40. aini wrote:

    Nice DIY!

    Anyway, i can’t help but notice that the model wears amazing necklace and bracelet. Where did you get it? Or maybe you can make a DIY tutorials on those? That will be lovely!

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  41. Sanne wrote:

    That’s a great idea!

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  42. Silvia wrote:

    Love all your ideas! Have done your bracelets thanks to your very clear instructions and great photos. Thank you for a great blog! I’m hooked.
    PS the hat is wonderful but also love the necklace and bracelets the model’s wearing. Where are they from?

    1.28.13
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  43. TONY HILL wrote:

    Thanks for the link to our “nandu” page. Nandu is a term for trimmed ostrich feathers of the style used in this creation.
    http://www.tonyhill.net/ostrich_nandu_feathers.html

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  44. Winston wrote:

    What a marvelous way of dealing with hats! I love it!!

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  45. Interesting hat!

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