How to Make a Derby Day Hat

DIY Derby Day Hat

Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Derby Day is upon us. It’s time for seersucker, mint juleps and all those fabulous hats. If you find yourself invited to a party this weekend and have no fabulous hat, don’t panic. Here’s a trick that turns a beach hat into a Derby Day hat in a hot minute. Bonus: There’s no sewing or gluing involved!


Step 1

 Open GalleryBlack Derby Day Hat

Dig out your beach hat. It’s about to get a classy upgrade. If you don’t have one, you can find several options for less than $20 at Target or stores like TJ Maxx from well-known designers.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Flower PinsBuy a couple of fake flowers from the dollar store and cut the flower bud off the stem. Most fake flowers should just pop off so you might not have to cut them. Pierce the plastic base that holds all the fabric petals in place with a safety pin like you’re making a brooch. Actually, you could use it as a brooch. That gives me an idea for another project …

Repeat for as many flowers as you want.

Step 3

 Open GalleryBlack Derby Day Hat With FlowersPin the flowers on the hat. I recommend a cluster of pins on one side so you can have a big swoosh going on with the brim on the other side. Classy.


  • Beach hat
  • Fake flowers
  • Safety pins
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One Response

  1. Deb Fuller says:

    Very simple and oh so practical! Could use the same hat and switch flowers to coordinate with multiple outfits.

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