In my particular case, I made this hat for Saint Patrick's day.
I am currently attending Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Saint Pat's is a big deal here, so I decided to use science and technology to make a Saint Pat's themed hat.
You can use the steps here to make an EL wire hat for any occasion. You could make a heart for Valentines Day, pumpkin for Halloween or a tree for Christmas to name a few.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment or message me and I will get back to you.
I hope you enjoy!
Step 1: Materials Needed
First of all, you'll need to buy some EL wire. I used coolneon.com.
- I bought the "5 Foot High Bright Long Life Hella Phat Plug and Play Unit" in green. This item comes with everything you need to start glowing.
- A hat (preferably with a rim which makes it a lot easier) (I got really lucky by finding this green hat at goodwill)
- As always, a trusty Sharpie ;)
- An ice pick
- Fishing line, string or flexible wire (Fishing line doesn't block very much light at all)
- Batteries for the El wire driver
- Any color or type of fabric (about 6 inches by 6)
- Flexible cardboard
- A sewing needle, threader, and thimble
- A hot glue gun
Step 2: Make a Driver/Battery Compartment
First, I cut out a large flap of cardboard off of a soda case, then I cut, folded, and it hot glued it into a pocket a little bigger than the driver.
Step 3: Attach Compartment to Inside of Hat
Now put hot glue on the cardboard and place the compartment on the flattest surface on the inside of the hat.
Now put a bunch of hot glue on the cardboard, and on the hat near the compartment and then pat down the fabric.
Step 4: Poke a Hole Through the Hat
Using an ice pick, poke a hole through your hat where you want the EL wire to start.
(easy, wasn't it?)
Step 5: Mark Wire
Shape your wire around the basic outline of the hat and use the Sharpie to mark where it overlaps its self.
Now you can try bending different designs with the excess wire and find out which one works/looks best. I had about 30 inches of wire left to make the design with after I went around the hat.
Step 6: Bend EL Wire Around the Hat and Sew It Down
Step 7: Sew Down the Design
Mine was relatively easy as I just made my clover by bending the wire into three loops and sewed the center point a few different times, alternating which wires to sew down.
Now that you're done, plug in the batteries and check out your awesome new hat!