I have a longtime fear to share with you, dear reader. Let’s disregard the usuals: trypanophobia (I’ve been known to drop to the floor with a needle still in my arm), arachnophobia (doesn’t everyone have this?), and of course the fear of falling through metal grates (if you do not share this fear, you should).
Besides my top three fears I have already mentioned, I find that styrofoam heads make me ever so slightly uncomfortable. There, I’ve said it! Maybe it’s their lack of eyes in which to be shifty, or if there are eyes, how perfectly sculpted the eyebrows are, and so unnaturally smooth. Or the blankness of theirs faces, as if to say, “I don’t care what I wear or what I model – what is my purpose?!”
Well, wanting a way to properly display adorably awesome hats that I’ve made for craft fairs and the like, how was I supposed to trust just any old blank, styrofoam face? The answer? I couldn’t! I then was set on a quest – beginning with a Pinterest adventure (in which I found not much to go on) and ending with a bout of acrylic paint, hot glue, and a man with a drill – to make the perfect DIY Hat Display!
Let me share my tale of bravery, ingenuity, and craftiness so that you, too, might learn of my exciting adventure.
Okay, okay, hubbub aside, and without an arthurian narrator to read this aloud to you in the market square, let me break it down for you.
Here’s the stuff I bought or found around the house – all in all it cost about $12-15 each to make the displays:
- Acrylic Paint ($3.17 – Hobby Lobby)
- 4″ Styrofoam Ball ($3.17 – Michael’s)
- Wooden Candlestick ($5.29 – Michael’s)
- Wooden Circle Plaque ($1.37 – Michael’s)
- Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn (my own yarn stash)
- Random Screws with Pointy Things on Top – originally from a “ceiling kit” we never used (the whole kit was $15.25 at Lowe’s but I only needed the bit and three of the screws)
- Drill & Magic Drill Bit – bit that also came with the “ceiling kit”
- 2″ Wood Screws
- Hot Glue & Glue Gun
And here’s how it went…
1. PAINT all the wooden components and let dry. Later, decide to add a second coat of paint because your brush strokes are obvious and your painting skills are sub-par.
2. LOOK for a handy scape goat to do the drilling and screw placement so that you cannot be blamed if the project goes horrifically wrong while using the drill. I was lucky and found this handsome scape goat around the house, tee hee.
3. OBSERVE as he skillfully drills holes for both the wood screws and random screws with pointy things on top.
4. POKE styrofoam balls with pointy screws. You may need to use a pair of scissors to dig out a good hole.
5. GLUE the yarn around the styrofoam balls, making sure to burn your fingers a minimum of forty-seven times for full effect. Add additional hot glue in the hole you created in step four once the yarn gluing is complete, and slide onto pointy screws. I also added extra hot glue around the rim of the candlestick to ensure it would stay on well.
6. ADMIRE your beautiful work, then hang some hats on your faceless, yarn-coated styrofoam ball, candlestick hat holders!
Got any fears that you’re working on these days?
Still avoiding metal grates,