DIY Polka Dot Floppy Hat - Sugar and Cloth

DIY Polka dot floppy hat

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comDIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Floppy hats are kind of like my summer disguise. I have what I like to call “wings” (not as in an angel), but as in hair frizzies, and Houston humidity shows me no mercy. Alas, hats of all kinds are welcomed with open arms during the summer months, and I decided I’d ad my token aesthetic to a plain floppy happy with these DIY polka dots.

Ironically my lovely friend Kelly and I happened to both make painted floppy hats around the same time (hers in her true donut fashion), so I held off a bit before sharing mine. It’s hard to compete with donuts, but then you add a little bit of pink and I melt, ya know?

All of this to say don’t judge me the next time you happen upon me at brunch wearing an oversized polka dot floppy hat indoors…

Materials:

DIY polka dot hat-1Dip the foam pouncer into the all-purpose craft paint and then make your first dot starting on the top of the hat. Be sure to hold the inside flap tight with your hand.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comThen slowly make your way down the side of the hat to the brim spacing your dots sporadically. The more paint you have on the brush the better, but you can also make touch-ups with the brush after you make the initial dots.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Let it dry completely and you’re all set! The Martha Stewart craft paints are all purpose and hold up well against water once they’ve dried. Even with a little accidental dip in the pool, the painted dots stayed crisp and vibrant.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comDIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Now how cute is my friend Caitlin? You know you found a good friend when they let you borrow their model body at a moments notice to post all over the internet. And she happens to also make killer desserts, go figure!

photos by Jared Smith

DIY Polka Dot Floppy Hat - Sugar and Cloth

DIY Polka dot floppy hat

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comDIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Floppy hats are kind of like my summer disguise. I have what I like to call “wings” (not as in an angel), but as in hair frizzies, and Houston humidity shows me no mercy. Alas, hats of all kinds are welcomed with open arms during the summer months, and I decided I’d ad my token aesthetic to a plain floppy happy with these DIY polka dots.

Ironically my lovely friend Kelly and I happened to both make painted floppy hats around the same time (hers in her true donut fashion), so I held off a bit before sharing mine. It’s hard to compete with donuts, but then you add a little bit of pink and I melt, ya know?

All of this to say don’t judge me the next time you happen upon me at brunch wearing an oversized polka dot floppy hat indoors…

Materials:

DIY polka dot hat-1Dip the foam pouncer into the all-purpose craft paint and then make your first dot starting on the top of the hat. Be sure to hold the inside flap tight with your hand.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comThen slowly make your way down the side of the hat to the brim spacing your dots sporadically. The more paint you have on the brush the better, but you can also make touch-ups with the brush after you make the initial dots.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Let it dry completely and you’re all set! The Martha Stewart craft paints are all purpose and hold up well against water once they’ve dried. Even with a little accidental dip in the pool, the painted dots stayed crisp and vibrant.

DIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.comDIY polka dot floppy hat | sugarandcloth.com

Now how cute is my friend Caitlin? You know you found a good friend when they let you borrow their model body at a moments notice to post all over the internet. And she happens to also make killer desserts, go figure!

photos by Jared Smith

Comments

  • Brittni

    06.18.14

    Such a cute DIY. I love the photos…and that floating pretzel!

    • Ashley said:

      I know, the donut was sold out ;)

  • move2denver

    06.18.14

    This is brilliant! I love it! You are a genius on my books!

    • Ashley said:

      That might be the best comment ever, haha! ;) xoxo

  • jewel7013

    06.18.14

    OMG, I totally can relate to wearing hats to disguise my bad hair days and there are too many of them due to frizzies and cutting my own bangs. I cant get over how good these pictures are… love the different angles that you chose to showcase your adorable floppy hat(should be in a magazine spread)

    • Ashley said:

      haha, amen to that!

  • Shelissa

    06.18.14

    This is such a great DIY and so cute.

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks Shelissa!

  • For real: genius. Love how simple this is and your friend killed it with the modeling. I mean, come on! She even got the fingers just right! Bravo =)

  • Laura

    06.19.14

    Totally doing this. Love the bathing suit too. Do you know where it’s from?

  • sheri

    06.22.14

    This DIY is so cute and photos are so fun and colorful! I really love the beach towel from the first photo, where is it from?

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks Sheri! It’s from the Target home section :)

  • iHanna

    06.23.14

    Love the idea, and the photos are to die for. So stylish!

    • Ashley said:

      I know, Jared takes awesome photos!

  • Laney Shiff

    06.23.14

    I am only 10 and I made this. I added pink polka dots, a pink ribbon separated the top and bottom and added hawaiian flowers to the ribbon! I love this hat. What a great idea! :)

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Laney! So glad you liked the project, I bet yours is beautiful! :)

  • Lauren

    06.25.14

    So fun! Can you share the sources for your friend’s gorgeous swimsuit and the beach towel/blanket in the first photo by any chance?

    • Ashley said:

      Yes, they’re actually both from Target! The towel is in the regular home section though, not the beach towels :)

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