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7 Upcycled Hats to Keep You Warm This Winter

woman smiling in yellow sweater and winter hat

‘Tis the season for a nip in the air, frost on the ground, a dusting of snow and the howling of bone-chilling winds making their way through city streets. Most times in life cooler heads prevail, but in winter it's all about keeping the heat in.

‘Tis the season for a nip in the air, a dusting of snow, and the howling of bone-chilling winds. Most times in life cooler heads prevail, but in winter it’s all about keeping the heat in.

After crossing organizing your storage unit off your New Year’s resolution list and purging unwanted clothing, pause for a moment. You just might be able to upcycle some of those pieces into hats to keep your noggin warm. And when even the toastiest hat won't keep the chill away, there are plenty of other DIY projects to keep you busy indoors through the frostiest winter.

1. Recycle old ties

Vintage fans will love the look of flapper-inspired upcycled hats made from unwanted ties. Color-coordinate patterns and textures for a truly unique hat. Those who are fashion forward will appreciate the protection from wintry wind and falling ice while still making a statement.

2. Turn a sweater into a pixie hat

This irresistible-looking DIY hat keeps the head and ears of your most precious family members warm and snuggly. You can watch your little pixie bounding through snow drifts and know they're staying warm. Think twice before throwing out a sweater that has seen its heyday come and go—this cute sweater hat will give it new life!

3. Sass up your hats with a scarf

If you’re looking to revive a dull existing hat in your closet, upcycle a scarf that has been lost at the back of your dresser drawer for the past few months. Tie it around the brim or add a pin or button to really finish the look.

4. Keep your ears warm without hat hair

An alternative to a beanie or earmuffs is an upcycled turban-style headband. It's so simple to make these ear saving headbands that you will pinch yourself for not thinking of it on your own. All you need is a t-shirt you no longer plan on wearing.

5. A hat for when you outgrow your favorite sweater

You know you’re on the right track when you can upcycle a sweater to create your own snazzy pompom hats with enough left over for a pair of mittens. It’s easier than it looks, and the result is a super cute and warm hat and mitten set for winter.

6. Create the bucket hat of your dreams

Bucket hat fans can winterize the look by piecing together remnants of old t-shirts and fabric scraps. This upcycled hat will handle any temperature that the winter season can throw at you and keep your ears covered in the process.

7. Slouchy beanies for lazy weekends

Sometimes you just want a relaxed look for the weekend. Enter the slouchy beanie. This upcycled hat is perfect for giving that favorite tee that has seen better days a second life as headwear.

When the winter weather begins to warm, put your new creations away until next winter. In no time you'll be ready to learn how to make your own sun hat! With proper hat storage, every season's looks will remain good as new.

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