Remember this post: Tutorial: How to make your own hat stand? In that post, I linked to 3 different blog posts that showed how to make your own hat stands. For my last craft fair at River Ranch I made a bunch of hat stands to display my crochet hats. To make my hat stands I kind of followed Fairytale Knits Tutorial: How-To: Make a Hat Stand by Fairytale Knits.
I meant to take pictures of them in the making but my husband put them together for me and he hates it when I stop him to take pictures. So I just left that alone…but I do have pictures of the finished product that you can scroll down to see.
For the wood base, I purchased these 9″ x 12″ Shield Wood Plaque from Hobby Lobby for $2.99 each. They have other plaques with different shapes as well. I used this plaque because I liked the design and because it was wide enough to display 2 hats.
To hold the hats, I purchased these styrofoam heads from Sally’s Beauty Supply store for $4.99 each. I am not sure if it was a mis-print or something but they were being sold for $14.99 at Hobby Lobby!
The last thing I needed was a dowel rod. The bottom of the styrofoam heads has a hole in it for a stand which measures about 2″ wide. So I purchased 2 of these 48 in. x 2 in. Wood Round Dowel from Home Depot for $9/each.
All together, I purchased 4 plaques, 8 styrofoam heads and 2 dowels for a total of $70. I know that seems like a lot but with all those supplies I made 4 hat stands and each stand holds 2 hats. Do a little math…each hat stand cost me $17.50.
To make the hat stands:
- My husband first used his Dremel tool to make 2″ circles on either side of the plaque. The circles do not go all the way the through the plaque. They are about 1/3 of an inch deep just to hold the dowels.
- He then cut the dowels into 2 different lengths: 16″ and 8″. With both rods he was able to cut 4 pieces at each measurement.
- He then glued the rods onto the plaque in the holes he made. He also screwed the dowels in from the bottom of the plaque to make them even stronger. He made sure to inset the screws so that the heads were flush with the bottom of the plaque. That was to ensure the stand was stable and didn’t wobble.
- The heads are not glued onto the dowel. When they are placed on them they are quite snug.
Here are the completed hat stands!
And check out how they looked at my craft fair! Yes, that is my finger there on the left…this picture was taken while I was setting up.
They worked very well! I am now thinking of buying some wigs to make them even more realistic. Since the heads are styrofoam, I can pin the wigs right onto them.
Have you made your own displays for craft shows?