DIY Sequin Floppy Hat

***I received a complimentary stay at Le Soleil d'Or via Foodie Tribe. Opinions are my own.

Jets by Jessika Allen Bikini Top and Bottom (c/o) | Out of Office Floppy Hat (I made mine, you can buy one here) | OPI Be there in a Prosecco Nail Polish

Happy Monday! Don't you wish you were "out of office" today? I'd say I did, but technically I am. By the time you are reading this, I'll already be in New York. 

Almost 2 months ago, I went to Le Soleil d'Or in Cayman Brac, one of the Cayman Islands. (see my other posts on the resort here:  sunscreen tipsLe Soleil d'Or resort review, Golden Sun Cayman Farm reviewRed Dress Round-Upand MinkPink Floral Romper) I knew I wanted a sequin floppy hat, but had no desire (nor room in my budget) to buy one of those beautifully priced floppy hats. If you're thinking you don't have the time to make one yourself, trust me. You do. I made mine the night before I left and didn't lose any sleep!

The best part about making your own hat...well scratch that, the best PARTS about making your own hat is that not only do you get to make it exactly how you want it, but you get to determine your expenditures! Mine cost around $20 when it was all said and done. This is definitely a trendy item, so I didn't want to spend too much on it. Here's how I did it:

Materials Needed:

Floppy Hat - this is the one I bought! You can get it for under $15 w/code RIFFRAFFREPLAUREN :)

Sequins - I got 3 rolls of these from Michael's. They are 99 cents, but you can use coupons, too! 

Hot Glue - I used a mini hot glue gun, so I would have more control over placement.



Optional: Extra sequins, ribbon or pom-poms to go around the crown of your hat.

Step 1: Figure out what you are going to say.

Step 2: You can pencil it if you want to, but the cool thing about this hat is that it is meant to look messy! I cut the pieces into the letters I needed and placed them down, until I had completed the entire phrase. I had a picture up on my laptop, so I could make sure everything looked legit. Some letters will be fluid and connect with the next letter, but some won't.  For example on "out" the O was separate and was connected by the squiggle on top. The U and T connected, but the cross on the T was obviously separate. If you look closely you can see that the line on the U, was actually two sequin lines glued right next to each other. Figure out what looks best and do that. You can always glue a piece on top to continue the fluidity.

Step 3: Pick the word you're starting with and remove all the piecing from the hat. Leave the other words on there, so you know your spacing.

Step 4: Glue down letter by letter. Use a toothpick to aid you in placing the sequins down. You can use your finger, but it's hot and they get gluey very fast!

Step 5: Once you finish a word, glance at it as a whole and smoosh around if you need to.

Step 6: Repeat until you finish the phrase.

Step 7: I stopped at step 6, but you can always add pom poms or other little extras to make it your own!

Side note: I glued because it was faster and easier than sewing. I considered tacking it down with a needle and thread, but simply didn't have the time. Plus, you can't even tell I hot glued it, unless you examine it closely.

Do you like this trend? What's your favorite phrase on the hat?

P.S. Don't for get Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is still going on! See my top picks under $100 here and what I bought + my top picks under $200 of the Nsale here!

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***I received a complimentary stay at Le Soleil d'Or via Foodie Tribe. Opinions are my own.