DIY | Easy and Colorful Hat Stands


Ever since my 2010 New Year’s resolution to wear more hats, my home has become a veritable dumping ground for colorful hats of all shapes and sizes. I do hang some on the wall, and others are kept in hatboxes, but I really thought it was high time some of my pretty hats received proper stands all their own. After checking online and in local antique stores to see what sort of hat stands were available, I was struck with the thrifty idea of making my own. Here’s how I did it:


When I first started shaping the wires, I was frustrated with their refusal to bend perfectly, as I had envisioned in my mind. Each piece had weird bends and wouldn’t sit quite right. Luckily I kept pushing through, because after wrapping the yarn around the whole connected piece, the metal was much more agreeable, and little variations became less noticeable.

You might try wrapping the wire before connecting each piece, if you want to save time (it would probably be easier), but I liked the continuity achieved by wrapping it all at once in the end. Curse of perfectionism, I ‘spose! As always, if you have any questions, I will answer them in the comments section below.

Hat-stands Close-up

28 Responses

  1. I like this! So cute and creative!!

  2. Julia says:

    Wow, this is so much fun! Now maybe I’ll have a reason to buy more hats!

  3. Stef says:

    Oh brilliant! These look great – thanks for the instructions :D

  4. Jaclyn T says:

    What a great idea! I like how the stripes aren’t all even!
    –Jaclyn T
    Nature Inspired Jewellery

  5. andrea says:

    such a great idea!! I need a place for all of my winter beanies…

  6. Joy says:

    Very cool!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! These are incredibly cute & clever!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. this is soo cute! love the idea. I’ll save the project for next year when I finally get my own apartment :)

  9. Holy cute! I KNOW that wrapping was time intensive, but so worth it!!

  10. Really cute. You’re adorable and so creative!!!

  11. Rachel says:

    It never occurred to me to make my own hat stands; what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  12. Kokos says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful! I love the color combination <3

  13. Casey says:

    This is brilliant! I had been lamenting recently that I didn’t have any hat stands (and cute or vintage ones are rather expensive–considering I have a lot of hats too! ;), and didn’t have enough wall space to hang all of them. I think I’m going to have to give this a try soon!

  14. Wow! Love them! I’ve also have started to wear hats more often and I’ve been thinking of how to display them when not wearing them. Thank you for sharing such a collorfull way to show them of :D

  15. Leney says:

    I featured a link to this on my blog today! Hope you don’t mind:)
    <3 Leney

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  17. i LOVE this!! wee weekend project for soon me thinks, ta much lady. (your blog-tales are a great wee read!)

  18. Lauren says:

    Clever girl!

  19. carmen says:

    This hat stand with wire is a fun idea ;) I think I’ll try it as a earring stand :) Maybe it’ll work.
    Have a nice weekend

  20. Ariel says:

    I love hats and this is a cute DIY project that is easy to do. Now my hats will be displayed in such a unique and fun way. Cool!

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  22. Lena says:

    What a brilliant idea! I had been looking for a solution other than the polystyreen heads to display my hats. Hope you don’t mind if I refer to your idea to my fellow milliners :-)

  23. rachel says:

    this is wonderful! i’m planning to make these for my nephew’s expansive hat collection :) how do you think they’d pack down (as the gift has to travel across the country)? would it be possible to bend the wire flat and then expand/re-shape easily?

    • Mandi says:

      It would be a little tricky to reshape. Tedious, but possible! I would just get a boxer big and ship it parcel post. It will be lightweight.

  24. NorseArcher says:

    thank you for the idea! i have a bunch of hats that go in boxes in the off-season, but have been looking for a nice and cheap way to display them when i am wearing them daily. thank you for sharing your creativity!

  25. Joe I says:

    I got tired of ball caps but after buying berets Tam-o-shanter, and a western hat I need to keep them from the cats. Your idea looks good!

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