Try This: Hats in place of art

Try This- hats in place of artwork!In our entryway we have a tall dresser that stands alone on a big wall. For the past six months we've had one of my mom's giant abstract paintings there (she's kind enough to let us borrow pieces often!) Recently we swapped out a few and she took that piece home. Our entry was feeling a little sad and empty for a week or two. I planned to make something, but since my project list is unusually long right now I chose a temporary (and seasonal!) solution to buy some time. Enter: Hats as artwork. Use your own hat collection to create a gallery wall look with just a few thumbtacks! It's too easy to even call this a project, but it made a huge impact in our entry. I love the cozy and casual vibe. 

Try This- hats in place of artwork! Have you ever used a collection to create an easy, temporary display? 

Orange rosesI hope you had a wonderful weekend! xo. elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson

  • Really love the idea, but my question is the same as the previous commenter’s: how do you fix them on the wall exactly? Thanks in advance for your answer!

  • What a fun idea! I have several great hats that sit all lonely in my closet. Having them out on the wall is great way to display them, and would also entice me to wear hats more.

  • Wow! That is a great idea! I too have some hats that haven’t found a permanent home but this is definitely a great option! Thanks!

  • I have a straw hat tacked up onto my bedroom wall right now, but I don’t really have enough hats to make a full wall display of them. This is a great look! I have done something similar with empty picture frames too 🙂


  • That’s a great idea! We had the same problem in our bedroom and used crocheted scarves. I love bringing th out in the fall and was more than eager to show them off.

  • I did this with my hats when I had a walk-in closet; they were displayed on the back wall. But my cat kept knocking them off whenever she got up onto the shelves, so that didn’t work out very well. Ha! I hope someday I have a big closet so I can do this again! I love displaying hats.

  • TOO CUTE! I have lots of hats that I could do this with. How did you attach the hats to the wall? 🙂

  • Ha! I just implemented this idea in my bedroom with some gorgeous 50’s hats that I purchased at an auction this past weekend, before you even posted this ;D I adore hats as wall art! They make for such cozy, vintage-y decor.


  • OH that is so cute, such a nice, original idea.

  • Cool idea! 😀
    This is look very nice.

  • Yayy! An awesome idea to finally arrange my hat somewhat cool 🙂 Thank you!

  • I love this! I have a beautiful and treasured collection of hand fans from my partner and antique ones from his mother. I would love to display them can’t can’t think of and haven’t seen any really chic ways to do this. It’s hard to work with their shape… Does anyone have any tips or examples? TIA

  • I love the fact that they have a consistent color story. Kinda suits autumn 🙂

  • we have something similar in our foyer, 3 hats vertically next to the coat closet! 🙂


  • I do the same with my jewelery in my bedrom. We should use our walls much more then we do 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • Great idea- I have been looking for a display/storage solution for my vintage hat collection. I think this is just the solution!

  • I have hats hanging just like this in my dorm room! I love how they look on the wall, and they get more comments than any of my other decor. I’ll have to post a picture sometime. 🙂


  • We have our hats hanging in our entry way! It creates such a cute display, we love it so much! Love your hats!
    Leah Faye
    a clover and a bee

  • this is EXACTLY how i have my hats displayed in my bedroom! I love it! just got a new one to add to it!

  • So darling! Love the mixing of men and women hats. It would be fun to have a hat from every member of the family! Even little baby fedoras! So cute! 🙂

  • i love this!! i need some hats first though lol


  • Where did you get the hat on the top, far right? I LOVE it! I’ve been looking for one of those.

  • I always loved decorating with hats!

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  • I like it! Easy, seasonal, laid back. So simple and yet, so effective. Well done, I don’t really have hattitude, but I love hats.. now my walls can have hattitude instead! 😉

  • WOW. How easy and amazing is this?? I have so many hats (and random Cinco de Mayo sombreros) shoved in my closet and this is the PERFECT solution! You ladies are geniuses.

  • I LOVE this! I have a collection of my grandmother’s vintage hats hat have been sitting in boxes for years…this would be such a great way to display them! And hopefully seeing them everyday would inspire me to try wearing them.

  • I LOVE hats, so I am all about that idea!! How clever and adorable! 🙂

  • Such a lovely way to display!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Those hats are great!

  • The wall of our living room was completely filled with hats when I was a kid. My dad had a collection of them, from different countries even. It was also a lot of fun for me and my brothers 🙂

  • I have my hats hanging up on my wall too 🙂

    xo Jennifer

  • I like that idea. Hope you had a great weekend. 7

  • Interesting. It would be fun to paint them with geometrical designs or lines.


  • I love heats, head-scarves and eyerything of that sort (as you can see here:

    Great idea (and space saving as well)

    Love and good night from Germany,


  • This is lovely, I wish I had more fun hats, most of mine are woolly!
    I have a lot of books in big bookshelves, I guess they’re displayed

  • How cool! I’ve hanged my hats on the wall in my bedroom using clothes pins and some fishing line, and I really love having them there 🙂 Really loved the idea of using hats in place of art 😀


  • Such a cool idea, but unfortunately I don’t have the wall space nor a large enough collection of hats 🙁

  • Great idea !

    XX Luba

    Cozy sweater and animal print boots in my casual look today on

  • What a fun idea! Unfortunately I don’t have any space left in my very tiny house, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind for if I will ever move to a bigger place!


  • Oh, many thanks for your great idea! Because I own many hats by the simple reason that I love it to wear hats 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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