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I don’t know about you, but the first thing I tackle when I start spring cleaning is my closet. There’s something so satisfying about pulling my lightweight dresses out of storage (yay!) and clearing away pieces I just don’t find myself wearing anymore. I have a bag of old garments to donate, but this time around there were also a few neglected hats and hat boxes in the mix. If you’re in the same boat, check out these chic ideas for reviving old chapeaus and their containers.

Haute Hat Ideas and Crafts
Hats off to Nancy Ondra for this genius container garden idea.  Old hats feel fresh when you upcycle them into hanging pot covers. Let leaves poke out of a baseball cap’s sizing tab or cut the top of a hat and feed stems through the hole.

Haute Hat Ideas and Crafts

If you’re searching for easy and eclectic wall art, look no further. Follow designer Jane Ellison’s lead and create a striking, texture-filled display with straw hats and straw baskets.

Haute Hat Ideas and Crafts

Photo: Rustic White Photography

Only have one or two old hats to spare? Mix hats into a gallery wall (like this one by Brian Patrick Flynn) and fill in the rest of the space with other DIY masterpieces.

Haute Hat Ideas and Crafts

Photo: Jeff Romaniuk

Get a jump on Derby Day by giving a beach hat a style upgrade. Deanne Revel reveals how it’s done on DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog. Don’t forget the mint julep!

Haute Hat Ideas and Hat Box Crafts

Once you’ve tackled the headgear, beautify the box! Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake put one to good use as a decoupaged Easter basket. If that’s not the prettiest way to present Peeps and plastic eggs, I don’t know what is.

Haute Hat Ideas and Hat Box Crafts

Hat boxes are great for tucking other things out of sight, too. Add a decorative trim a la Erinn Valencich’s example above and stack a few together for creative storage that’s a steal.

Which idea for lids did you like the best? And do you have any other smart uses for old hats and hat boxes? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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