How to Customize Hard Hats


For those involved in a business event, it is important to represent the company or cause in every way--including the uniform that is worn. If a hard hat is a part of the required wardrobe, you can easily customize your hard hat by using personalized decals.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer graphics software
  • Inkjet printer
  • Inkjet decal paper
  • Fixative spray (if stated on decal paper packaging)
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Create your design by hand and scan it in to your computer; or create it directly on the computer using available photos and fonts. Then open the design in your graphics software program like Photo Shop or Microsoft Word and size it to 5 inches wide by 3 inches high--the size of an oval hard hat decal.

  • Print your design on a regular sheet of paper first as a test copy. Make any necessary adjustments to the design. When you are content with the results, print the design on decal paper using an inkjet printer.

  • If your brand of inkjet decal paper requires a fixative, spray a light coating onto your design and allow it to air dry. Then spray a heavier coating at a 90 degree angle over top of the primary coating and allow it to dry, as directed on the packaging (typically at least one hour).

  • Use scissors to cut your decal to the proper size for your hat. Soak the decal in a bowl of water for 45-60 seconds, or use a damp cloth to blot at both sides of the surface.

  • Place your decal over the hard hat's flat surface, and remove the backing paper. Smooth over the decal with your thumb until secure. Gently wipe the decal with a paper towel to remove any excess fluid.

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