Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DIY Miniature Hat Stands

Spring can't come any sooner as far as I'm concerned. The dark evenings and shortage of daylight hours makes photographing anything a chore. Thankfully, Photoshop is my friend and I've been able to lighten my pictures so they don't look as dreary as they did to begin with.

But back to the good stuff! My original plan for my first dolls house project (the Jubilee Terrace soon to be a ladies boutique) was to fill it with an array of lovely things like hats, gowns, parasols, gloves and perfume.

And though I should be focusing on other important things like lighting the shop (more on that later this week hopefully), I can't help but want to spend my time making tiny hats and hat boxes.

I've tried ordering miniature wooden hat stands (like the one on the left) from online stores a couple of times, but they always seem to be sold out.

After a couple of failed orders, I've given in. I need lots of hat why not make them myself?

So I gathered together a collection of beads and buttons that I thought might work to re-create the look I wanted to achieve.

Next, I got some thick wire and glued it to the base (metal button) and left it to dry until stable. Truth-be-told, the kitchen whisk was sacrificed for this cause as I couldn't find wire anywhere, but it has proven most useful.

 After that I just stacked the other beads on top of the base, using superglue to keep them in place.

 And here is the almost-finished product. All it needs now is some paint.

(Some others I made earlier - of different heights and styles)

 The finished hat stand, after a couple coats of metallic gold spray paint

And here are some hats to display on them:


Until next time, toodles :)


  1. Honestly, even if the original ones are cute and all, I think yours look even better! I mean, they're lot more unique and probably fit better in your store ^^

    Nice work and a quite cool idea. Your hats are lovely, by the way, but I think I've already told you that ;]

  2. Hi Irish girl! Sorry, I couldn't find your name. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment and welcome to the Bloggerland! I will follow your new blog with a big pleasure. Your new hat stands are very original and each of them has a character and I love the lace hats a lot. I wish I could wear it here. Mini hugs, Natalia

  3. Thank you both for the kind messages. My name is Blaithin, Natalia - I should probably have put that somewhere on my blog! Whoops!
    Thanks again! :)

  4. Hi Blaithin (what a beautiful name), I just found your Blog and I like your hat stands very much, the look great displayed with your lovely hats , I can`t wait to see more :)

    Hugs Mieke xxx