You’ve made dozens of adorable hats, baby bonnets, beanies, and other hats for the craft sale but last time people just looked right over them because they were just laid out flat on a table. Hat displays for craft shows are not cheap though so can you make your own? How can you make a DIY hat stand display for your next craft show without breaking the bank…and without it looking worse than not having a display at all? Believe it or not, a trip to your local everything’s a dollar store and the big box discount store followed by a few minutes of work is all that is needed. So read on and let us show you how to make a hat stand for your next craft fair.
DIY Hat Stand Supplies
- Vases – Varying heights and diameters looks nice but all one size is fine too. Your local everything is a dollar store should have a fairly large selection.
- Rocks or Glass Bead Vase Filler – We are looking for weight here, not decorative function, so get whatever is cheapest for you. Again, the everything is a dollar store is a great resouce.
- Scrap Fabric – This does not have to match. You just need a few handfulls of scraps.
- Spray Paint for Glass & Plastic in Your Color Choice – (Krylon CoverMax is my choice.
- Glass Prep – See below for options.
- Spray Paint Sealer – (Krylon Crystal Clear is my favorite.
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Large Plastic Christmas Ornaments – Your local big box discount store should have these. Look for just over 4″ diameter and just over 5″ diameter for newborn and first year sizes. These are about 1/3 of the price of styrofoam balls. I found the 4″ size at the everything is a dollar store and the larger 5″ size at the big box discount store in sets of 3 for $9 total.
Assemble the Display
First things first, we need to assemble our stands before painting them. Using your hot glue, affix a handful of rocks or glass vase filler to the inside bottom of the vase. This will add weight and help keep people from knocking over your display at the craft sale. After you are happy with the weight, stuff the rest of the vase with scrap fabric. This will help keep any loose filler stones from clinking when the stand is moved later and also provide some small additional strength to the vase.
Once you are happy with the weight of your base, glue the ornament onto the top of the vase. Remember the glue at the base of the ornament might show so try to get it as smooth as possible. If you just cannot get it smooth enough you can tie a piece of ribbon around it after you finish the painting of the stand.
There are several options to consider for glass prep. If your glass is frosted or rough or the vase has enough decoration on it that there aren’t any large flat surfaces you won’t have to prep your glass, you can just start painting in the next step. If your glass is very smooth, you’ll need to prep it before painting. Even paint made for glass has its limits and can flake off of very smooth glass. This is kind of like when you get too much fingernail polish on a nail and it just rubs off.
To prep your glass, make sure it is really clean first. Rubbing alcohol works well to remove any oils (like from your hands). Now we need to add texture to the glass. You can use glass etching solution, sandpaper (requires sandpaper made for glass), or taking over your husband’s sand blasting equipment works. However, the simplest method is to spray a fine mist of spray adhesive onto the glass. This adhesive, without complete coverage – just a fine spray – will give tiny texture for the paint to hold onto without changing the overall look of the glass once it is painted.
Somewhere outside, where you won’t accidentally paint the wrong thing, use the glass spray paint and paint the stand. You may need to do a base coat, let it dry, and then add a second coat for really good coverage without drips. Be sure to use thin coats so you don’t get clumps or risk the paint flaking off later. Do NOT touch the paint until it is absolutely completely dry.
Once the paint is really dry (usually overnight), paint with the sealer. This will help stop fading and flaking. Think of it like a top coat you put on your nails to protect the polish.
That’s it. Your new DIY hat stand is ready for use at your next craft sale! Enjoy and I wish you fabulous sales!