How To: DIY Beach Hat

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about swimsuits, cute sandals, and fun beach hats!  Last year I first saw this Eugenia Kim “Do Not Disturb” hat and fell in love with it…. until I saw its $485 price tag (#girlplease)!  Drew and I are heading to the beach in a couple of weeks so this year I decided to make my own version of the hat for a fraction of the cost.  I love this idea because you could make the hat say anything you want – some other cute Eugenia Kim hats say things like “Leave A Message” or “Wish You Were Here“… or I’ve even seen some adorable versions for newlyweds that say “Just Married” or “Mrs. Your-name-here”.  The possibilities are endless… read on to learn how to make your own cute beach hat!



  • Wide brim hat – the wider, the better!  You’ll want a hat that has a little bit of structure to it because if it is too floppy, the words won’t be visible.  I went with this tan, straw hat, but it would also be really cute in white or even in black.
  • Sequin Trim – I used black, but once again you can use any color you’d like!
  • Glue Gun
  • Pencil


Step 1:  Using the pencil, lightly write out the words on the hat (I did this above but it is very difficult to see!) Make sure to write in cursive – the loopier and curvier, the better!


Step 2: Use your sequin trim to start to lay out the trim on top of the pencil markings.  This step is very important so you can figure out exactly how the trim is going to flow from one letter to the next.  You can also get an idea of what it is going to look like and make changes if needed.


Step 3: Once you are happy with how it looks, start gluing!  Make sure to go slowly. I used tiny dots of glue and went very carefully so that I could make sure each loop and letter looked exactly how I wanted.  When I reached the end of a word, I left the free end of the trim long so that I could see how it all looked once I was done and then decide where to trim them.

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Step 4: Once you have finished all of the words, then trim down the long end pieces to your desired length.  I also went back and made sure all of my ends were glued down securely, crossed my Ts and dotted my Is (literally!) and picked off all of the extra glue/glue strings that were showing.


And Voila! – how easy was that?!  And so cute – you’ll be the envy of everyone on the beach!  And they’ll know to leave you alone as you are napping in the sun which is what I plan to be doing under my hat in a few weeks! 🙂


Tan Hat  |  Similar Yellow Dress, Exact Dress in Black, Baby Blue, or Red (seen back in this post!)  |  Turquoise Watch  |  White Bracelet  |  Chain Bracelet  |  Crossover Ring  |  Chevron Ring

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