DIY Fishtail Hat Band

We were instantly inspired by this gorgeous rainbow fishtail braid in Free People‘s September catalog and decided to recreate it, adding our own little twist: making the braid into a wearable hat accessory. Who said braids were limited to summer and hair?

You’ll need:
– a pair of scissors
– some multi-colored yarn
– a hat

Cut about 40 strands of yarn about 3 feet long, knot at one end leaving a several inches of slack, and divide into two sections. Pull 4 strands of yard from the outside of the left section and add it to the right side. Do the same to the other side–pull 4 strands of yarn from the outside of the right section and add it to the left side. Repeat the steps until the desired length is achieved and secure it with a knot, leaving at least 6″ of slack at the end. Fluff the braid by gently pulling apart both sides.

Transform your hat with your new fishtail braid by securing it with a piece of yarn, safety pin or elastic band!

(all images by Honestly…WTF)

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27 Comments

  1. Francesca wrote:

    Genius! Love the DIY posts 🙂

    9.15.10
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  2. Brilliant!!! That color combo is amazing as well!! xo

    http://www.lolodahling.com

    9.15.10
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  3. Elza wrote:

    I like this! I’m excited to experiment with that and colors.. maybe a dip dye experiment is in order!
    xoxo

    9.15.10
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  4. julia wrote:

    love it!!! xoxo

    9.16.10
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  5. Tamar wrote:

    Amazing!! Love the colors.

    9.16.10
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  6. eliana Horeczko wrote:

    I am in love with your DIYs. Keep em coming!

    9.19.10
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  7. I LOVE THIS! I was literally thinking of doing something like this yesterday, now i have found a great way to do it! Your ideas are amazing. I have just started my own blog doing DIY tutorials and Clothes customisation which i would love you to check out!

    3.20.11
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  8. Polly wrote:

    love the fishtail braiding and the colors but I can’t stop looking at the model’s hair! I think I need to go dye my own hair right now.

    3.23.11
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  9. Maxy wrote:

    I just recently found this blog and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate how easy and fun all your tutorials are. I think I’ve tried every one.
    Keep up the good work!

    3.23.11
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  10. pkae wrote:

    Love your tuts! I was also looking at the hair, back to the yarn, back to the hair….. I was thinking I would try some irridescent powders and/or metallic paint highlighgts and who knows what else. 🙂

    4.9.11
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  11. vasare wrote:

    amazing idea! love it:)

    7.18.11
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  12. Mir wrote:

    I love that yarn. It’s called Peruvian Print by Red Heart and is hard to find these days. I have three skeins of it left myself =D

    7.20.11
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  13. Elisabeth wrote:

    You posted this a year ago, but I just found your blog, and I absolutely love this DIY! I will definitively do this next summer to spice up my hat! Amazing. I love it.

    11.21.11
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  14. Danielle wrote:

    I love what you did here! The color combo is so earthy and bohemian. The hat though: do you know the model name? I’ve been all over Kakadu’s website and I don’t think I’ve seen it.

    4.12.13
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