How to Change the Color of a Felt Hat | Cosplay DIY

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My genderbent cosplay of Phillip Carlyle from The Greatest Showman.
A photo of my genderbent Phillip Carlyle cosplay from The Greatest Showman.

Have you ever needed a particular colored hat for your costume or cosplay? Have you realized how pricey top hats can be? Finding a maroon/burgundy one for my Phillip Carlyle cosplay wasn’t difficult, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money!

Then, I wondered if I would be able to simply paint it the color I wanted. I bought a pair of these cheap felt hats off of Amazon, grabbed some Mod Podge and found the perfect wine colored acrylic paint from Michael’s. The Folkart paint in black cherry is a good choice for this!

Genderbent cosplay of The Greatest Showman.
I can’t just run off and join the circus.” – Phillip Carlyle from The Greatest Showman

Supplies you’ll need:

First, you’ll want to coat the entire hat (not the inside) with Mod Podge, making sure to get into all the grooves. This works as a base coat and will keep the paint from seeping into the felt.

Then, once it’s completely dry, do a coat of the acrylic paint you chose. You’ll probably have to do a couple of coats, letting them dry in between. I wound up having to only paint on two coats.

Once the color has dried, just put another coat of Mod Podge over it to ensure it won’t crack or flake…and that’s literally it! You can decorate it however you’d like or leave it plain. For mine, I just wrapped some black ribbon around it to look more like Phillip’s.

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