How to Make a Kentucky Derby Hat for a Child


The Kentucky Derby is a good excuse to wear a great hat. Women and children alike can get creative and design a hat that looks great for the Derby itself or a Derby-themed party. A Kentucky Derby hat for a child can even be part of a Halloween costume. Making this type of hat is an easy and fun project for parents to do with their children.

Things You'll Need

  • Kentucky Derby-style hat
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Bows
  • Veil or lace (optional)
  • Shop for a hat with a wide brim. It should be in the typical style of the Kentucky Derby, with a wide brim that comes down over the face a bit. If you can find a hat that is flexible and will stay in place when you bend it, that's even better. It can be hard to find the right size Kentucky Derby hat for a child, depending upon how old the child is; check your local craft store first.

  • Wrap a piece of ribbon around where the hat meets the brim. Hot glue it into place. Note that if the hat is for a smaller child, the ribbon should be thinner and look proportionate with the hat.

  • Set out flowers, feathers, bows and any other decorative items and start placing them on the hat. These pieces should also be sized according to the size of the hat. Place the largest items first, then fill in the gaps with the smaller items. For example, you can place a large flower on the side of the hat, then add small accent flowers around it. You might want to stick a feather or two in the hat somewhere as well.

  • Glue everything down once the items are in place. Add the feathers last, if you choose to use them. This will allow you to get them situated properly without them sticking out at funny angles.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the child is on the older side, you might choose to add a veil or some lace to the hat. Make sure that the glued areas are camouflaged by other items, as hot glue isn't easy to hide when it comes to mesh-like material.

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