Easy DIY: Sequin Straw Hat

Back when I went to the Kentucky Derby, one of the girls introduced me to the new Eugenia Kim hats. I was instantly in love but knew I’d never get one because the price tag ($440!!). It’s taken me awhile, but I finally made my own version of the hat – and for under $10. Today I’m sharing how you can do it too. It’s super easy….

What You Need

 – A floppy straw hat: I got mine for $8 at Forever 21

 – Sequin Ribbon: I chose to use black (but you can obviously chose whatever color you want). I got mine for 99 cents at Michael’s but you can get similar ribbon on Amazon!

– Glue Gun: You can use another kind of clear drying glue, but I already had a mini glue gun and it worked well for me!

– A Pencil
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  1. Decide what you want to say on the hat. I went with “Out Of Office”, but some of my other ideas were “Vitamin Sea”, “Beach Please”, “Good Vibes Only”, “Go With The Waves”
  2. Sketch it out! I practiced writing on a piece of paper but then ultimately decided to sketch it really lightly on the hat so I could figure out how it would look.
  3. Then with a very light touch on the glue gun, place a dab of glue on where you want to start your writing and then glue the end of the sequin ribbon.
  4. I’m sure you could do this many different ways, but I put a dab of glue on the hat about every cm and then glued the ribbon. Then I went back to put a dab of glue under other sections of the ribbon, that I thought needed it. My ultimate goal was to get the overall placement of the sequins on the hat before really securing them on.


  • The sequin ribbon is on a thread so when you cut it, you want to make sure you don’t let the sequins keep falling off the thread. I found that doing that part slowly and carefully was really helpful. You can always go back and glue individual sequins down or cut any excess thread though if you make any mistakes!
  • If you use a glue gun, you will ultimately get those glue gun webs. I tried to get rid of them as I glued but ultimately went back at the end to pull any of them off that were left behind.
  • I found that I ended up not following my sketching on the hat exactly so I went back after I was done and erased any lines that were visible!



I can’t wait to wear this hat all summer long and I’m pretty sure I’ll end up making a few more – for myself or as gifts for friends! If you end up trying this east DIY and post it on Instagram or Twitter, tag me so I can see it!

Thanks for stopping by today!





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