I’m never going to reach the end of my rope guys. Remember last month’s necklace DIY? And how I said you could make a necklace in every color? That might have been an understatement. With about 97 of the 100 ft left, I’m looking for ways to use more rope. This DIY summer beach hat hack really struck a chord (;D) with how easily 2 minutes can upgrade a summer staple.
If anyone is curious, the straw hat is from Forever 21 last year. I love this one so much it made it into our engagement photos! Which I’m just now realizing I never posted before those wedding DIYs…
thick cotton rope
needle and thread matching rope
Take your rope, tie a bow around your hat. *Tada* But seriously, there are three extra steps you can take to make it look more professional and like you bought your hat already Instagram beach perfect.
1 | Tie your bow with a granny knot! I can’t remember if this has come up in any other DIYs, but granny knots are the secret for tieing perfectly flat bows. Essentially, after your first knot you’ll tie the bow knot with the two sides switching positions. That is which one is on top versus bottom. And if that made no sense or you’re a visual learner, check this video out. This is the best life hack I know. Flat, perfect bows that won’t come undone for all projects.
2 | Knot and fray the ends of the rope. This keeps the rope from unraveling and the separating the weave at the bottom looks more intentional and less ‘I cut a piece of spare rope and tied it to my head’.
3 | Sew it down. This will keep your perfectly centered and even bow perfectly centered and even. Maybe I’m alone with this pet peeve, but I hate when hats have a ribbon that slides around and needs adjusting every time I’m feeling extra jaunty and just want to wear a hat.
Also, everyone say hi to my model and sister, Camille! We’re living in the same city after 6 years at different colleges and she is one of the most creative forces I know. She doesn’t like being photographed but hopefully I can drag her back for more photo shoots or get some of her projects on the blog for you all. Leave her some love in the comments so I can convince her 😉