D.I.Y. Wall Decor Display

Hello boys and girl! This is Mandi here to share with you a DIY to help you organize your life, and make it a bit prettier as well! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear more hats. The good news is, I have been very successful with this resolution. The bad news? I have no room to store all of the hats I’ve been accumulating! Berets, pillbox, and knit hats fit easily in hat boxes on a shelf in my closet. But I’m really worried about crushing or deforming my hats with wider brims. So, I’ve decided to start a collection of hats on my walls.

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Here are some simple instructions to decorate/organize your hats like mine.

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To complete the project, you will need:

1. Hat collection (of course!)

2. Clothes Pins

3. 3M removable adhesive strips

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Begin by laying out your hats on the floor to see the general arrangement you would like to hang on the wall. The arrangement will probably change as you go along, but it’s a good idea to have a starting point.

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Next, trim an adhesive strip to the appropriate width and stick it onto the bottom of a clothespin. Be sure to save the trimmed piece of adhesive strip- it can be used in combination with another scrap on a later clothespin.

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Clip the clothespin which now has an adhesive strip attached to its back and attach it to the hat you will be hanging at the top. Hold it next to the wall and decide where your hat collection will begin. After you’ve decided, push the clothespin onto the wall. It’s stuck, but you can always remove the adhesive strip and move the hat as you go along. Continue doing this with all of the hats you have laid out on the floor.

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Now this next step isn’t necessary, but if you want to secure floppy hats, you may want to have a clip at the bottom of your hat as well. If you are a perfectionist and want your clothespins hung straight, mark the bottom of your hat with a pencil on the wall, and then remove the hat.

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Using a level, remark the bottom of your hat by lining the level up with the clothespin that is already on the wall. My mark ended up being off by about an inch, so I remarked the wall and hung the clothespin over top of the new mark, erasing the old mark with the pencil eraser.

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That’s it! Quite simple, really. I used this method quite often when I lived in a dorm room with cinder block walls. It’s a great way to hang lightweight things, or things that you will be moving around as time goes by, like my hat collection as it continues to grow.  I might need to be careful to keep the collection from taking over the entire room!

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Thanks so much, Mandi           

  • Please don’t hang your hats with clothes pins–you will leave a mark on the hat and ruin the shape of the brim.

  • I love the idea!! i actually had a request if one day Emma and yourself could come up with an idea of organizing purses and bags. I have a ton, and a small storage space. I to currently have a rack, but i find it ugly when there are so many purses squeezed together visually. Do you have any ideas?

  • Brilliant idea. I would love this for straw hats or maybe other types. Just be careful with felt. My hubs has a collection of Stetsons, some made of Beaver, felt, leather. These would show pinch marks.

    Love your idea though. I am probably going to do it with my hats. 😉

  • The hats are cute but I can’t help but notice the lovely curtain duo in front of the closet… Especially the white one. Is that a scarf? I’m SO loving it!

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  • That looks so cute! Thank you for sharing, I think I might now what I am going to do after my exams coming week!!

  • Thanks for this. I really like what you’ve posted here and wish you the best of luck with this blog!

  • no no this is a great idea to put this hat on the wall great I want to do this same on my wall today.

  • wow. it is unbelievable. I love it so much . Thanks for your sharing. cool .great. I sure I’ll come back soon.

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  • Nice Article! I must say you have a good command. Thanks for displaying this useful information.

  • This has been very helpful understanding a lot of things. I’m sure a lot of other people will agree with me.

  • Very creative! Very clever way to store hats! My son will without a doubt use it for all his baseball hats!

    Cindy W.

  • Thank you so much for the hat idea. I have tons of hats and was not sure exactly how to store them!

    Once i get my hat space organized I will post a picture

  • Just loved this idea so much that I also put up some hats at my place. I also want to share this idea with friends so I posted it on my blog just a minute ago!
    Great work elsie 😀

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  • This is an awesome solution to storing hats! I, too, have quite the hat collection and am always stumped for what to do with them. I’m trying out your idea this weekend.

    Seeing your photos of your hats also reminded me of that magical scene in “Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium” that shows us the little boy’s room FILLED with all the different hats he’s collected. SO MAGICAL! Would it really be so bad if your hat collection took over your room…especially if they were all cute and adorable?

  • Keep thee all things in a single room. that can affect people.

  • Walls are decorated with various butterflies in queue and cloth pins and hooks are attached to wall.

  • brilliant! I am trying to find a way to get my sons’ hats off the floor. They have a huge hat collection: Indiana Jones fedoras, baseball caps, cowboy hats, etc. This is great!

  • I think it’s great, but you can find custom hangers that won’t damage your hats. I put my purses up to be decorative and out of the way in my room. I think this is a creative post though- keep it up! I’m not trying to be a negative nelly…just sharing other options.

    Keep crafting!

    -Apryl

  • I love this tip! I will have to share this with my aunt because she collects vintage hats.

  • This is such a great idea! I have metal walls (they’re actually great because magnets stick to them) so drilling holes is a bit of a hassle.

  • This is such an amazing idea!!
    Unfortunately hats don’t suit me :/ maybe I just haven’t found the right one yet.

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  • You look killer in that hat and the wall looks amazing. I look like a total goof in anything with a brim.

  • I want to do this now. Not for hats, but just for hanging anything… I am thinking on the kitchen cabinets to hang up recipes I don’t want to forget to try out.

  • I have tons of old hats and no where to put them. Thanks for the great D.I.Y ideas!

  • This is NOT a good idea… I don’t know why I am the first person to say this, but if you leave your hats up like that for too long there will be awful pinch marks on all of your hats where they’ve been clipped up.
    I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m a little more careful with vintage hats and I wouldn’t want them getting fucked up.

    Ha uh… other than this I really enjoy your blog.

  • I love that this is functional and an art piece! So, so, so wonderful! Thanks for sharing this! xo

  • This is again something so inspiring, I love it! It’s a pity I’m not really a “hat type”. But your hat wall looks lovely!

  • such a great idea! we have concrete walls in our bedroom and closet (and living room for that matter) and those 3M strips have become very good pals of mine. I also have a great set of clothespins hand-painted by an artist friend and I am constantly looking for a way to display them and use them!

  • Here is a link to my mom’s etsy shop, she’s a hat maker!

    www.thehatpeddler.etsy.com

    Love the display idea!

  • Those adhesive strips are a godsend. I also love Mandi’s hat collection. Great diy!

  • This is fantastic!! I have so many of these adhesive strips swimming around in my junk drawer… I’m so excited to put them to use! Thank you!

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