Awesome sunnies? Check. Cute sandals? Check. Sequined phrase sun hat? Wait, you don’t have this summer’s hottest accessory yet?!? Good thing I’m here to help!
It’s summer and for me that means lots of beach time and sunshine! I was looking for a fun new hat and came across an awesome option by Eugenia Kim but it was slightly outside of my budget. (And by slightly, I mean COMPLETELY.) There are cheaper options out there but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to flex my crafting muscles.
This project is so easy, even the most craft adverse person can handle it! Bonus: it’s cheap, less than $10! My hat was $5 from The Spot section at Target. I’ve seen similar options at Dollar Tree and Walmart. My strand of gold sequins came from Joann’s, also $5 but don’t forget to use you 40% off coupon!
You can download my template for “Shine On!” or use any cheeky phrase you want. I used Photoshop Elements to curve my text to create my stencil design. If creating your own template, PicMonkey is a free option that lets you curve text. Their tutorial on curving text can be found here.
- Design to create stencil – you can download Shine On Hat Stencil here.
- Sequin String
- X-acto knife or razor blade
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Remove any unnecessary accessories on hat. I liked the raffia ribbon detailing on mine but didn’t want the bow to get in the way of the writing. I removed the bow but left the band.
- Print out design. I used cardstock for a sturdier stencil. If using my template, I’ve provided 2 pink stars and a line to assist in aligning the 2 pages. Tape pages together and trim paper at curves to better fit when taping to hat.
- Using razor blade, slice along the letters, a thin line along center is all that’s needed. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re just creating a general guide for where to glue sequins.
- Tape newly created stencil to hat. Gently trace stencil with sharpie. You don’t want your lines too dark or thick, just enough to see them on the hat, but not so bold the sequins don’t cover.
- Glue sequin strand to hat following lines. Be sure you are using the correct side of the strand (the side without the visible strings should stay exposed).
TIP: To avoid the sequin strand from potentially unraveling, at the start and stop of each strand I pulled off 1-2 sequins and lightly glue the excess strings down to the backside of the strand before gluing down on hat.
You now have your own, customized, must have accessory of the summer. Grab your sunscreen, throw on your favorite swimsuit and rock your new hat for a little fun in the sun!