DIY Kentucky Derby Hat Making Guide
DIY Kentucky Derby Hat Making Guide /

DIY Kentucky Derby Hat Making Guide

Derby hats have been an iconic tradition at the Kentucky Derby, adding festivity and flair to the event. You can create your own derby hat easily and affordably, perfect for derby watching parties, tea parties, or Mother’s Day celebrations.

Materials Needed:

  • Hats (adult and kids sizes)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial flowers
  • Optional: thin cardboard, paper, pen, marker, Mod Podge glue


Black Derby Hat:

  1. Decide on the design for your hat before gluing anything.
  2. Add decorative ribbons to the hat using hot glue.
  3. Create a gold horseshoe by cutting out cardboard and covering it with gold craft paper using Mod Podge.
  4. Attach flower blooms to the hat using hot glue in a creative arrangement.

White Derby Hat:

  1. Enhance the white hat with additional ribbon, such as mesh ribbon for a bold look.
  2. Create a large ribbon by folding and pinching ribbon sections together, securing them to the hat.
  3. Attach flower blooms and other embellishments like feathers using hot glue.

Pink Derby Hat (for kids):

  1. Use leftover ribbons like mint green to adorn the pink hat.
  2. Tie ribbon tightly around the hat and secure it on the side.
  3. Attach flower blooms to the hat with hot glue for a lovely finish.


  • Making your own Kentucky Derby Hat is a fun and creative activity that adds a special touch to your gatherings.
  • These hats are versatile and can be tailored for various occasions like derby parties, tea parties, or Mother’s Day celebrations.
  • Share your creations and enjoy the process of crafting your unique derby hat!

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