How to Make a Steampunk Hat


Steampunk is a fashion style that celebrates the 19th century while adding anachronistic touches, sometimes in a flamboyant way, sometimes very subtly. During the 19th century, well-dressed ladies and gentlemen would never be seen without their hats, so if you want to complete your steampunk ensemble, make sure that you have a hat worthy of the rest of your outfit. Start with a plain hat, like a top hat, a derby or a pillbox hat. You may find options in vintage stores, or you can purchase plain hats from fabric and craft stores and dress them up.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Flat charm
  • Measure around the crown of a hat, close to the base and add 1 inch to this measurement.

  • Cut a ribbon that is as long as the measurement you found in Step 1.

  • Apply a fine line of hot glue around the base of the hat's crown.

  • Press the ribbon firmly against the hot glue, starting it at a spot that is to the side of the hat, rather than at the front or the back.

  • Glue down the loose bit of ribbon to the ribbon that is immediately underneath it.

  • Glue the feathers to the spot where the ribbon overlaps. You can use long pheasant feathers or ostrich feathers for a dramatic effect, or you can use a small cluster of trimmed peacock feathers for a more subtle look.

  • Disguise the place where the feathers are glue to the hat by gluing a flat charm of some sort directly over the feather's quills. This may need a large dollop of hot glue. A flower charm is excellent for a dainty touch, but if you have more mechanical bent, consider gluing a cluster of brass gears to the location.

  • Allow all the glue to dry thoroughly. At this point, you have a hat that is ready to wear.

Tips & Warnings

  • Glue a length of tulle underneath the ribbon to give your hat a veil.
  • Clip a jeweler's clip-on eye-loupe to the brim of a hat for some visual variety.
  • Add a small fake animal to the hat's brim for a showy hat. Search the craft stores for small foam birds and similar animals.

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