DIY EMBELLISHED BRIDE CAPTAIN HAT
Remember last summer when me, Emily and a bunch other gal pals headed to Italy for the best hen party of all time?! We explored the beautiful streets of Burano, had fun goodie bags and even did a bar crawl through Venice! Whilst we were there I wanted to make sure that EVERYONE knew it was Em’s hen party and wanted to come up with a real statement piece! I’d seen a few embezzled bride captain hats on Etsy and being the DIYer I am I thought…hmmm I reckon I could make one of those and I’m so so so pleased with how it turned out, Em was even shaking when I gave it her so we can definitely say it was a winner! Here’s how you can make your own….
YOU WILL NEED:
A captains hat (I got ours from Ebay) // A selection of gems in the colours of your choice! I went with all silver but |’ve seen all gold, mixed silvers and golds and even rainbow gems! // A glue gun // The letters you want to spell out on the hat (I chose bride) // Tweezers //
It’s worth noting before we get started that you’ll want to set aside quite a lot of time for this DIY, it’s simple but it’s very time consuming glueing individual gems and sequins on. This took me around 6 hours and I kept the top of the hat gem free so just think about how much of it you want to cover, it depends on how big your gems are too of course!
It’s time to heat up that glue gun and started sticking! I began by doing the outline on the rim of the hat, I varied this with sequins and larger gems just to start to create an interesting pattern.
Next I added the BRIDE stickers onto the main part of the hat, even though they were stickers I still used to the glue gun to adhere these just to make sure they were very much stuck on! I also started the central pattern for the top section.
Next I wanted to position all of the larger gems I had across the front section of the hat so that afterwards I could just fill in the gaps with sequins.
You know what’s coming next, crack out those sequins and start glueing down in between all of the larger gaps. This is where you’ll need those tweezers because it can get a little fiddly!
You’re almost there! Next I went ahead and did the same with the whole rim of the hat, I found that it’s easiest to do this in columns so start by making a line straight down the middle and then work your way out to the edge of the hat row by row.
Finally, I used my leftover round gems to create a ridge around the top of the hat just to hide that final little bit of white that was on show.
And there you have it! You are DONE! What do you guys think? Didn’t Em look absolutely FIRE?! You could totally wear this on your wedding day too if you wanted to, it looked amazing in photos!