DIY Top Hat for Halloween Circus Costumes

Come one, come all! Growing up, one of our fondest memories was going to the circus. Entering the circus was like entering into a fantasy where wonders of the world dazzled us with magic tricks and the impossible became possible. Jugglers, clowns, and acrobats from all around the world had us in awe while a single ringleader captivated our attention with charm and charisma. This week at iLoveSexy, we would like to bring the circus to your workstation with this amazing DIY Top Hat tutorial. Large top hats may be out of style but a small top hat placed strategically on one side of the head looks simply enchanting with a hint of cheekiness. If you’re looking for something cute to match with Halloween costumes this year, this DIY top hat makes the perfect head accessory. We would say that this is one of our easiest DIY tutorials to follow along yet, because most of the steps involve gluing and cutting. And perhaps a little spray painting if you want to get fancy like we did. But stick around, try it out and of course, scroll down to the end of the tutorial for some spectacular picks from our exclusive Circus Collection! Let’s get started on our DIY top hat!

DIY Top Hat - What You Will Need


What you will need:

Stiffened felt (you should be able to find this at your local craft store such as JoAnn or Michael’s)
Black spray paint
Gold spray paint
Faux flower(s)
Red ribbon (sheer)
Black ribbon
Black lace
Gold trim
Black feathers
X-Acto Knife
Hot glue gun


DIY Top Hat - Step 1

1. Remove your flower from the stem. It should slide off with ease but if it happens to be attached with hot glue, then feel free to cut it off the stem with your scissors.


DIY Top Hat - Step 2

2. Lay your flower on top of some scratch paper. In an area with proper ventilation, begin spray painting your flower with the black spray paint. You may need 2-3 coats of spray paint, so wait around half an hour in between coats.


DIY Top Hat - Step 3

3. After your black spray paint has dried, lightly spray the gold spray paint on the top of the flower. Be careful not to spray too much, since you want just a light wash of gold for a washed-out, vintage look.


DIY Top Hat - Step 4

4. Use an object that is circular in shape and with a pencil, trace a circle into the stiffened felt. You will be cutting out several circles and these two will serve as the brim of your top hat. We measured the diameter of the large circle and it comes out to 5 inches.


DIY Top Hat -  Step 5

5. Trace a second circle of equal diameter. Inside that circle, trace a smaller circle that is even from all sides, forming a doughnut.


DIY Top Hat - Step 6

6. Use your scissors and cut out the two circles you have so far.


DIY Top Hat - Step 7

7. Using your X-Acto knife, cut a slit in the middle of the circle. This step is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it for more control and precision for your cutting.


DIY Top Hat - Step 8

8. Insert your scissors into the slit and cut out the small circle out from the larger circle.


DIY Top Hat - Step 9

9. Using your doughnut shaped circle, trace two small circles. These two circles will serve as the top and bottom cover to your hat portion and are about 2.65 inches in diameter.


DIY Top Hat - Step 10

10. After you have finished cutting everything, you should have one large circle, one doughnut shaped circle and two small circles.


DIY Top Hat - Step 11

11. Trace two straight lines into the stiffened felt, about 4.5 inches apart.


DIY Top Hat - Step 12

12. Cut along the lines as neatly as you can. This will serve as the body of your hat portion.


DIY Top Hat - Step 13

13. Dispense hot glue along the edge of one side of the felt strip. Glue that end to the other end as neatly as you can, allowing for a small overlap of fabric. This should form a cylinder.


DIY Top Hat - Step 14

14. Dispense hot glue on the edge of the cylinder in sections to attach the small circle. After you have finished gluing around the whole cylinder, make sure the small circle is secure. Repeat this step for the other side of the cylinder.


DIY Top Hat - Step 15

15. Taking your X-Acto Knife again, cut two small slits about 1.5 inches apart in the center of the large circle.


DIY Top Hat - Step 16

16. Dispense hot glue onto your doughnut circle and attach it to the large circle.


DIY Top Hat - Step 17

17. Loop your ribbon through the slits you have made and adjust accordingly. The ribbon will be used to tie the top hat to your head.


DIY Top Hat - Step 18

18. Place hot glue in sections around the inside of your doughnut circle. Attach the cylinder securely and this should form your top hat. And now it’s time to decorate!


DIY Top Hat - Step 19

19. For our trim along the top hat, we glued the gold trim to the center of the sheer red ribbon. After that, we glued the ribbon to the hat, again in small sections.


DIY Top Hat - Step 20

20. This is how your top hat should look like so far.


DIY Top Hat - Step 21

21.  Don’t forget about your lovely lace and flower! Cut out a small piece of lace and hot glue it to the back of the flower. This will really give your top hat a romantic, weathered feel.


DIY Top Hat - Step 22

22.  Place a  thin strip of hot glue along the bottom boning of the black feathers. Stick them behind the flower and now you are done!


DIY Top Hat - Finished Product

This could not be more of a perfect time to say, “TA-DA!” Wouldn’t you agree? No one would be able to tell just how simple this DIY top hat was to make, because of all the beautiful little trinkets used to decorate it. You can find all sorts of arts and crafts goodies at your local craft store and can decorate according to the color and design that you want. You don’t have to go out and buy the exact same materials as we did when decorating and we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with decorating your top hat. Besides, you know what they say. A circus isn’t a good one without a little bit of craziness. And now that we have our lovely little top hat, let’s take a look at a few of the gorgeous Halloween costumes you can match them with.


Ring Mistress

Ring Mistress


Vintage Cigarette Girl

Vintage Cigarette Girl


Big Top Show Stopper

Big Top Show Stopper


Le Belle Harlequin

Le Belle Harlequin


When it comes to the circus, there is much more than meets the eye. The circus is a place full of mystery, wonder and excitement. And what better way to relive your fondest childhood memories than to dress up as a circus performer? A clown, cigarette girl, ringleader–there are so many choices! Which one of these circus costumes was your favorite? Did you see any circus costumes that you liked in our collection? What did you think of the tutorial and will you be attempting this at home before Halloween comes along? We love to see comments so please leave us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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