The summer is coming which means pool days and beach days are upon us! But the sun can be punishing and beach hats are essential for keeping those sunny rays at bay. I've learned to cover up more at the beach and pool because as much as I love a good tan I know skin cancer risks are no joke.
I've loved Eugenia Kim's straw beach hats with cute sayings on them since they started to pop up last summer. I never realized how pricey there were though. I just can't justify paying $485 for a hat so what's a girl to do? DIY-it of course! Thanks to Nicole of What Nicole Wore posting her photo of her donut sequin beach hat on Instagram, I was inspired to make one for myself. I love donuts so I immediately gravitated towards this project!
Today, I'm sharing with you step-by-step instructions so you can make your own sequined letter straw hat.
4 yd. single strand sequin ribbon (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
pom-pom trim (found at Wal-Mart)
hi-temp glue gun and glue sticks
donut sequin (linked below)
pencil (optional.. I started to use it but it was not easy to write on the straw hat)
I plugged the hot glue gun to get it ready. As it was heating up, I used the sequin donut applique as a guide to start my first letter. Once I laid out the letter "d" on the hat how I wanted it, I cut the ribbon and used the hot glue gun to secure it in place. It take a little patience as your are gluing. I did a little bit at a time.
I unraveled the sequin ribbon as I free handed the rest of the word, do"nut". Once I placed it where I wanted, I went behind and glued it in place.
I repeated this step for the next word, "disturb".
The last step was to glue the pom pom trim around the hat to complete the project! In retrospect I would have probably preferred pink pom pom but I still like how this turned out.
I am now ready for the beach or pool! This whole project cost me $15 in supplies and about 30 minutes to complete. It was definitely an easy DIY and I would recommend you try it too.
You can shop for your supplies here and if "ain't got no time for this DIY", I've linked an awesome Etsy shop to purchase it instead!