Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Out of Office Straw Hat DIY
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Out of Office Straw Hat DIY

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Dress:  Ralph Lauren (Old) // Hat:  DIY (regular straw hat here and here)  // Shoes:  Stuart Weitzman ("Save" version here)

Ok, so I’m sure y’all have seen this hat trending all over the fashion blogs and Instagram.  If you haven’t, girlfriend you need to get out from under that rock.  I first saw this on Instagram and started looking around.  The only ones I found were $100+!!!!  I’m sorry, but I’m not paying that much money for a straw hat.  I won’t even pay $50 for a straw hat.  So I decided that I would make it myself.  In total it cost me less than $10.  I already had the hot glue gun, and I had the sequins but I’m rounding the cost of supplies after purchasing the hat from Walgreens for $5.  It took me a few hours, but it was fairly easy.  The hot glue just gets a little tricky sometimes.

Step 1:  Gather your Materials

Make sure your hat, sequin roll (the sequins have to still be on the string they come on), hot glue gun.  Make sure your working space is of a decent size because trust me, you’ll need some space.  Make sure you have something to put under your hot glue gun so that any excess glue ends up on a piece of newspaper rather than your dining/kitchen table! 

Step 2:  Outline

Now, I saw some tutorials where the girls actually bought a special marker that I’m assuming disappears?  Anyway, you can use that or you can just kind of wing it which is what I did.  I didn’t want this hat to be perfect, I wanted it to be fun.  I first would outline each letter starting with “o” for out of office.  I wouldn’t put the glue down right away because I wanted to see if the placement was ok.  Then once it was where I wanted it, I remembered where the sequins were in the spot and started writing the first letter o.  After that I would use the glue as the outlining tool.

Step 3: How to Finish

Now once you have your first letter finished (whether you are writing out of office, do not disturb, Mrs. insert last name here to be” and so forth this step is also for you) you take your glue gun and draw your next letter.  You don’t have to draw the full letter if you aren’t working fast enough before the glue dries.  If you are new to using a hot glue gun I would recommend to almost do sections of the letters not the full letter because the glue will dry before you get a chance to even get to the end of it.


This was probably one of the easiest DIY’s I’ve done in a while and I had to do it for those of us who don’t have the luxury or spending $100 for a straw hat with some sequins on it.  So I hope y’all enjoyed this quick DIY and stay tuned to tomorrow’s post because I have yet another DIY post on another trend from this season!

Also, don't forget to watch this video to see the new David Yurman Solari collection!






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12 comments

  1. Love the print of your dress! Beautiful look!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  2. So cute! My friend made me one too! and I LOVE IT!!

    Melissa

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  3. So cool, lovely idea and it turned out great.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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  4. How adorable! And what a super easy DIY. But I want to talk about that dress. I love the print and the style is super flattering! And your hair looks absolutely fabulous!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  5. Omg that's an awesome idea I am gonna try it. BTw love that dress.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

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  6. Lovely idea! What a great Summer dress, beautiful color and lovely pattern!
    www.nancysfashionstyle.com

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  7. Love this cute look and such a great DIY! This is the perfect summer dress. :)

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  8. Such a great idea!!! I love your entire outfit - it's so perfect for summer!!!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  9. Monica! You are killin it with the DIY lately! I dont have patience. I have seen these hats with do not disturb and other sayings. Great idea and the hat looks adorable. I just bought a big black floppy hat for summer. Your sundress is adorable!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  10. This looks great! It seriously looks like you bought it, LOVE!

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