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    How To Make The Kentucky Derby Hat Of Your Dreams

    Just because you're not at the Derby doesn't mean you can't dress up and day drink.

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    It's that time of year again...

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    ...when thousands of people flock to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate bourbon and horses and hats!

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    Mostly hats.

    There are hats of every size and kind...

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    ...from classy...

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    ...to downright crazy.

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    We say—the crazier, the better!

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    So we decided to get in on the action. We poured ourselves a mint julep (okay, several) and got to work!

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    We might not have tickets to the real dog and pony show, but that doesn't mean we can't wear weird things on our head and get day drunk!

    Natalie's delicate hat is a nod to the delights of the outdoors and dinosaurs.

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    She glued a wooden birdhouse to a gold headband, tacked on an oversized flower and perched a glitter-painted T-rex on top.

    Lauren took a modern, athletic approach to "the hat."

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    Go horses! Win the points! (Do horses get points? We may never know.)

    All you need is a stretchy headband, a paper flower, and some glitter letter stickers to send your message.

    Rachel's hat plays on the historical nature of horse racing and the child-like wonder of playful competition.

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    This felted fascinator was made with a paper plate expertly perched on a headband. The wooden horse and her trophy were glued right on top.

    Alanna's elaborate headpiece balances her love for succulents and her love for dads.

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    With a little wire and a whole lot of hot glue, these prickly plants were held securely to this splendid spring hat.

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    And then, of course, she put a bird on it.

    Jess's fascinator is dedicated to bourbon.

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    She covered a plastic plant saucer in faux grass, made a popsicle-stick fence, glued on some roses, and Velcro-ed an authentic julep cup right to the top. The Velcro is important...

    ...because nobody likes an empty julep cup.

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    Some balancing and trust was required.

    Cheers, y'all!

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