A friend, Addy, requested that I make her this DIY hat from Refinery29 (a site that we are both obsessed with) a few weeks ago. Their inspiration for their DIY was this sold out J. Crew hat. Refinery29’s DIY looked easy enough, but I wished there was a bit more instruction on how to space out the sunburst.
I ordered these women’s wool baseball caps from Amazon. There are a lot of options out there, so you can choose what would work best for you.
Crystals of various sizes – I found mine at Michael’s, but had to drive to a couple of stores to find some that I liked.
Safety Pin, Toothpick or Tweezers- find something to help you glue the little crystals on.
Marking Pencil White Water Soluble (optional)
Addy requested that I make hers with navy, grey and white or pink crystals. But I unfortunately couldn’t find any in those colors so we settled on just white ones. I couldn’t find gems that were meant for clothing that I liked, so I went to the sticker aisle in Michael’s and found these.
Since they were stickers, I was able to lay out the pattern on the hat to see what it would look like without any consequences.
Once I was happy with the pattern on the hat I went back and used super glue to keep the gems in place. I learned from my other DIY projects using super glue and used a pair of tweezers this time.
Finished! The nice thing about the star burst pattern is that it doesn’t have to be exact, I messed up the placement of a couple crystals and it still looks fine.
A few things I learned when I was gluing the stones on the hat:
- Try very hard to not get super glue on the gems because it dulls them. The glue dried clear but left a film over the stickers that dulled the sparkle.
- Use tweezers you don’t care about because glue will get on them and I’m not sure how to get it off.
Once I made hers I was in the zone and decided to make myself one too. I wanted to mix it up and go for a slightly different pattern.
I didn’t want as much bedazzle going on. So I opted for a simple solid strip across the face right where it meets the bill of the cap.
I still laid out my pattern because I wanted to figure out the perfect mix of large and small crystals. I used a headband to measure out how thick I wanted my strip of crystals to be.
Not sure if it’s super noticable in the picture at the beginning of the post, but I missed a super gluing down one of the big stones in Addy’s hat so there’s a bit of an awkward gap on her hat when it fell off. Luckily I have plenty of extras left so it’s an easy fix.
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