How to Decorate Children's Hats

Updated February 21, 2017

Hobby and craft stores sell plain children's hats in an assortment of styles and colours. While these hats are not much to look at off the rack, if you decorate them, they become personalised gifts for your favourite children. You can also decorate hats for your children to wear in a portrait, as an activity at a children's party or you could decorate matching hats for your child's sports team or dance troupe.

Snip the flowers off their stems using wire cutters or a strong pair of scissors.

Pour a teaspoon of glue into a small bowl, and add a several drops of water. Stir the glue and water until the two ingredients are completely mixed. Paint the watered-down glue onto the flower petals to give them extra durability. Allow the glue mixture to dry.

Fasten the backs of the flowers to the front or side of the child's hat with hot glue. Add one, two or more flowers to the hat.

Hot-glue jewels around the top and front of the hat to add some sparkle and visual interest to the flowery hat.

Hot-glue a patch to the front of the hat; make sure you add hot glue around the entire back of the patch, especially near the edges. Look for glue oozing out from underneath the patch when you press the patch to the front of the hat, and scrape it away.

Hot-glue sports themed buttons such as baseballs, basketballs or pennants onto the hat.

Allow the hot glue to harden before you add more decoration. Draw the team's name on the back of the hat with puff paint, or write the child's name.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain children's hats
  • Faux flowers
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • White glue
  • Small bowl
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft jewels, varying sizes
  • Sports patches
  • Sports themed buttons
  • Fabric puff paint
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