DIY: Top Hat Decoration

DIY Top Hat Decoration by Design Dazzle! Easy and fun to make! Will certainly add a pop to your decor!

I enjoy making props for party decorations or room decor and I love it when a prop comes out as cute as this top hat! Top hats are the perfect accessory for many types of themes. Depending on the fabric/embellishments used, hats like this one could be made into mad hatter hats, clown hats, steampunks or top hats for New Year’s Eve party or a magic party. How about a Parisian theme with this top hat? The possibilities are endless. This project is being featured on Kirkland’s Pinning Parlor. See details at the bottom of the post on how to win $2000!!

My tutorial shows how easy it is to make these top hats with a glue gun and scissors – no sewing involved! The top hat shown is for decor purposes only  – it’s not made to wear.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 large poster board
  • Fabric –  enough to cover the poster board
  • spray adhesive
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • embellishments for top hat (e.g. ribbon, flower, feathers, tulle)
  • candle stick
  • old CD

To get started, cut the fabric to the size of the poster board and lay it on a flat surface, face down. Take the time to really smooth the fabric out so that it has no wrinkles. Then spray adhesive over the entire surface of the poster board. Starting at one edge lay the sticky side of the poster board on top of the fabric (wrong-side of the fabric) lining up the edges. Flip the poster board over so the fabric is on top. Apply pressure and smooth over – make sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles. While you don’t need to rush, you do need to work quickly to smooth the fabric before the adhesive sets.

Using the pictures above as a guide:

  1. For the hat brim, trace a 12 inch round circle onto the -poster board and cut. Remember, this hat is not destined for the top of your head, so there is no need for a hole in the brim circle.
  2. For the hat band, cut out a 10 x 22 rectangle.
  3. Roll the hat band so the edges overlap slightly and form a circle. Hot glue the hat band edge together. This will be the tube of the top hat. Snip notches every 1/2 inch along the top and bottom of the hat band.
  4. Fold in the notches on the top and bottom of the hat band and hot glue the hat band to the hat brim circle. Turn the hat upside down and trace around the circumference of the top of the hat band onto the fabric poster board and cut.  Hot glue this piece of the hat top onto the hat band. Embellish your top hat with ribbons, sequins, flowers, feathers, etc!


Since this is a hat to liven up your party decor or room decor, you will need some way to display it. To make your own hat stand, start with a tall candle stick holder. I usually can find these inexpensively at my local thrift shop or at a craft store. Hot glue an old CD to top of your candle stick holder. When the glue is dry, go ahead and glue on the bottom of the top hat onto your newly made hat stand.


And there you have it! One amazing prop that looks great and doesn’t break the bank! I’d love to hear how yours turn out.

Pin + Win Sweepstakes

Look for more DIY projects on Kirkland’s Pinning Parlor. The Pinning Parlor is a special section of the Kirkland’s site for sharing projects, entering to win prize packages and finding inspiration for your next project. The exciting part for you is that to celebrate the launch of the Pinning Parlor, Kirkland’s is hosting a Pin + Win Sweepstakes. To play, go to the Pinning Parlor Pin any image to your Pinterest boards by clicking the “Pin it” button for a chance at a $2000 prize pack The first time you “Pin it” you will receive a great coupon for $25 off a $75 purchase.  After you successfully complete your first pin to your Pinterest boards, you’ll be prompted to fill out an entry form to be entered to win our $2,000 weekly prize pack. Each pin equals an entry, so the more you pin, the more chances you have to win. Each week until May 13th, one lucky entrant will win a $2,000 prize pack from Kirkland’s and Formica® Flooring. Kirkland’s will add new inspiration to the Pinning Parlor each week of the promotion so be sure to check back for more inspiration and chances to win!

Posted on April 27, 2012
Categories: diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, no-sew, toni's projects, ideas and tips

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  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:
    April 27, 2012

    This is SO cute! And I love that it is a no sew project. Thanks you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Chloe says:
    May 7, 2012

    Great tutorial. This might come in handy for an upcoming Alice in Wonderland themed shower I'm hosting!

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