Are we thinking about our beach and summer vacation plans yet? If not, you should! I think its so fun to have a huge sun hat for your trip that you can customize to exactly what you want! Girls trip? Make a hat that says “Squad deep” or “Girl power”. Bach party? How about one that says “Drink up beaches” or “Bach shit crazy”. On a honeymoon? How about “Wife life” or “Just married”.
For my trip to Costa Rica, Pura Vida is the unofficial saying of the country. It means “pure life” but it’s really its the way of life there – we pretty much heard it any and everywhere – so I knew it would be perfect for a sun hat!
– Sun hat
– Hot glue gun
– White corded ribbon (SUPER important to get a ribbon with wire)
– White paint and paintbrush
Purchase supplies. You can find a large brimmed hat at Wal-mart, Target or Forever 21. I purchased mine at Target for $12.99. For ribbon, Joann Fabrics or Michaels is your best bet. I find mine on Christmas clearance for 75% off! It’s SO important that the ribbon has wire in it since you will be shaping it for letters.
Print out your saying. I used PicMonkey for the font that I wanted, and make sure its large enough to fit the hat. Also, make sure you use a cursive font since you will be connecting all of the words!
Here is where I screwed up. I tried to use a pencil which definitely does not show up on straw. The key is to use CHALK. Duh Jen. Trace your letters on the hat with the chalk.
You can skip this but I think its super important to paint your letters on to make your ribbon stand out more. Since I used white ribbon, I used white acrylic paint to paint the letters onto the hat. Make sure to let it dry. Tip: if you screw up a letter, use some soap and water on a towel and wipe the paint off. The key is using acrylic paint!
Using your glue gun, work in small batches and glue the wired ribbon onto the hat.
Rock your custom made hat at the beach!