How to decorate hats for the red hat society

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How to decorate hats for the red hat society
Add some red feathers to your hat to give it some flair. (Samantha Sargent/

The Red Hat Society is a social club for women over the age of 50. The only rule of the club is that there are no rules, so Red Hat Society meetings can range from elaborately staged events to simple gatherings for tea and dessert. Women in the Red Hat Society enjoy wearing the colours of deep red and purple, and they especially enjoy creating distinctive and sometimes outlandish red hats to wear to their club meetings and outings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Straw hat
  • Spray paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Decorative accessories of your choice

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    How to Decorate Hats for the Red Hat Society

  1. 1

    Purchase a hat. Straw hats are the most versatile and the easiest to decorate. Use floral spray paint to paint the hat a beautiful, glossy red. Or buy a red hat.

  2. 2

    Add a ribbon. Choose a ribbon in a pattern you like that includes the colour red. Wrap it around the hat and tie it in a jaunty bow. For an even more dramatic look, use hot glue to attach decorative items to the ribbon such as sequins or beads.

  3. 3

    Attach flowers and other accessories. Purple and red silk flowers and feathers are a popular choice. Use red pipe cleaners to attach the objects. Poke each end of the pipe cleaner through the hat and secure underneath the hat. This way, you don't have to hot glue anything and you can change the decorations as you wish. If your hat is not straw, however, you will have to attach the items with hot glue, straight pins or sew them on.

  4. 4

    Finish by adding a bit of sexy netting. Let it drape down over your eyes to give your face a mysterious and seductive look.

Tips and warnings

  • Store your hat upside-down to prevent any feathers from curling up.

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