A need for some new hat displays for an upcoming show prompted us to get creative. Lots of internet sleuthing turned up some great supplies that were reasonably priced to produce some really cute hat stands.
Unfinished wood candlesticks in both 9" and 11" sizes available from Craft Parts here
Unfinished 2 5/8" wood circle disks available from Craft Parts here to widen the base of the candlestick and make it more stable
100mm Paper Mache Balls available from Consumer Crafts here
Wood Glue available at any home improvement store
optional Chalk Paint (we chose white) available at Home Depot. You can also find cans of spray on chalk paint for smaller projects.
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Paint brushes in assorted sizes
Lightly sand the disk edges to remove the rough edges. Wipe dust away with a slightly damp cloth.
Glue the disks to the bottom of the candlesticks with wood glue, being careful to center them. Allow glue to set a bit before moving to the next step.
Clip the gold string from the paper mache ball.
Apply a generous amount of glue to the edge of the candlestick cup and place the ball on top, making sure to center the spot where you cut the gold string over the cup opening. If glue drips down the side, just wipe up with a damp cloth. Allow to dry for 24 hours. Here's how ours looked:
The hat stands look great like this in their unfinished state. However, we chose to add a coat of chalk paint. Follow the directions on the can for best results.
How cute is this?!! It works perfectly with all our bonnets and knit beanie hats. It's perfect for putting in a baby's room or using for store display.