Save Money and Lift Your Image by Making Your Own Hats

This one is a terrific idea. If you’re a kids entertainer who loves to make things with your own hands and put your creativity to use, you would especially love this brilliant do-it-yourself project that will save you some good cash.

With a little online research, a quick download from the Internet, and some materials from a hobby and crafts store, Brent Ottoson was able to come up with eye-catching, amazing-looking top hats without spending over $30. Here’s the proof:
 Sample Top Hat for Kids Entertainers

Sample Top Hat for Kids Entertainers 2

Christian Langbelle also had the same idea. Take a look at his impressive-looking hat:

Christian Langbelle DIY top hat 2

Christian Langbelle DIY top hat

Pretty neat, huh? If you’d like to make a hat yourself, read on to find out how to create one.

How to Make Your Own Top Hat

Tutorial Video

Not finding a hat that’s perfect for them in the market, both Brent and Christian thought of doing some research on the Internet to find out what they can do. They got inspired by the same DIY steampunk hat tutorial on YouTube. Here’s the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WclYUYe6k4

Want another tutorial? Here’s Christian’s own video detailing how he made his own top hat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-hH-TKmgZQ&feature=youtu.be
Patterns and Materials

For his top hat, Christian used a yoga/sleeping mat as base and did not purchase any pattern. But if you can’t eyeball your own pattern, you can do what Brent did. For $6.99, he was able to download a top hat pattern that he could use and alter to create a variety of hats. Here’s where you can get the pattern: https://gumroad.com/l/UJjIx

Brent them made a visit to a hobby store to buy the rest of the things he needed to create his hat. Here’s a list of the materials:

  • 3 sheets of 6 mm craft foam
  • 1 sheet of 3 mm craft foam
  • 1 sheet 2 mm craft foam
  • 5 sheets of card stock (for pattern)
  • 8–12 glue sticks
  • Black paint
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush

All in all, he spent less than $30.

After about two hours wherein he made several trials and errors (though this did not include drying time), Brent was able to come up with his very own top hat.

So, do you want to give this DIY project a try? If yes, make sure to post your hats in the comments section. We’d love to see what you come up with.