DIY Flapper Mannequin Hat Stand

This post was sponsored by FloraCraft.  The project and tutorial are my own.  #MakeitFunCrafts

I was challenged to come up with a non-Halloween project for FloraCraft® Foam Heads.  What to make?  Well, I do love the old style look of the 20’s and creating flapper style mannequin heads as hat holders seemed like the way to go.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

My mother always had several styrofoam heads in her room.  She kept her many wigs on them.  Mom loved to go from blonde to brunette and back again, and the heads were a great way to store the wigs and keep them neat.

To me, a head with no body is a bit disconcerting to say the least.  To come into a darkened room and see a head hanging out on the dresser is enough to give me bad dreams for days.  Dreams even worse than my “showing up for work naked” dream.  If you know what I mean.  So my plan was to make them as pretty as possible and maybe I would be able to overlook the fact that they are missing some important parts…

So, I created a couple friendly flappers whose new job is to hold my hats.  Want to know how?

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

For this project I used:

2 FloraCraft® Foam Heads (you can find them at Jo-Ann Stores and Michaels)
Mod Podge (matte)
Acrylic paint
2 oval wooden plaques

Pretty scary, right?  The dogs thought so too.  I might have chased them around a bit with a head or two before I started this project.  Ralph is still under the sofa as we speak…

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Begin by using Mod Podge and newspaper to do a bit of paper mache work over the styrofoam head.  Simply paint a section of the head with Mod Podge, tear small pieces of newspaper, place them onto the coated section and then paint Mod Podge over them.  Use much smaller pieces around the facial features to help avoid wrinkles.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Hot glue the head to an oval wooden plaque to create a stand.  Add another coat of Mod Podge to the entire head and allow it to dry.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Once the Mod Podge was dry, I painted the whole piece with peach colored acrylic paint.  I discovered a couple areas in the face that were not smooth enough, so I added a few more Mod Podged pieces of newspaper to cover them, and than repainted when dry.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Let’s start with Gwendolyn.  Yes, they have names… The basics in painting her include a touch of red to the cheeks while the peach paint is still wet.  Blend with a dry brush.  Paint in the hair using a mix of dark brown and black.  Paint in the whites of the eyes.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Makeup for the flappers of the 20’s included lots of smokey browns.  Add dark brown to the eyelids and then blend with a bit of peach paint near the eyebrows.  Speaking of which, the eyebrows of the 20’s were usually high on the forehead in a “surprised” fashion.  Pencil thin, with dark brown.

This young lady is going to have hazel eyes.  Start with green.  Since I was going for the less scary look, I made her look to the side.  That way she won’t be staring at me when I come into the room.

I’m weird that way…

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

To complete the eyes, use black paint to paint in the outline of the eye, and the line of the upper lid.  Paint in long lashes with a  small brush.  The eyes received a second coat of green, and then a mix of light brown while the green was still wet.  Add a ring of dark brown around the edge of the iris, and a black dot for the pupil.

Bow-like red lips were in then.  Use bright red to add the lips.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Add dots of white to the eyes to give them some shine.  Use dark red, or red mixed with a bit of black to give the lips some definition.  Add a bit of pink to give them some shine. And Gwendolyn is finished!

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Harriet is a red head with curls and blue eyes.  She was completed with the same basic techniques. For the hair, I painted in curls with dark brown and added highlights of copper, red and light brown.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

Both oval bases were painted to match their eyes.

Hmmm….if I didn’t know better, I’d think they were talking about me…

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

The final touch is a coat of Matte Mod Podge to seal the paint and give them both a finished look.

And now my hats have a friendly place to live!  Harriet and Gwendolyn and seem to like each other.

diy flapper mannequin head hat stand

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • David E Pizer February 11, 2018, 10:10 am

    Suzy. Every year I work with a fundraiser for the American Cancer project in Indiana Pa what I need is instruction on how to do a life size human femail uper torso The fundraiser is called Bras for a cause This torso would be made from your paper machie. Thank You / David E

    • Susan Myers February 11, 2018, 11:44 am

      Hi David,

      For this project, I used a foam head form underneath the paper mache. My suggestion if you would like to do something in paper mache for your project is to either create a wire form structure, or get hold of a mannequin to decoupage over.

      Hope that helps!


  • Jessica May 1, 2015, 7:02 pm

    Hi! I have acquired two mannequin heads that look just like these. Did you sell them at one point? The backs say Pauline.

  • Peggy March 24, 2015, 3:30 am

    I love this idea! I have good friend who is crazy about hats and has a ton of them. I plan to make a couple of these for her. Thanks for the idea!

  • Catalina March 16, 2015, 2:37 pm

    I love your Harriet and Gwendolyn!!! Thank you for a great tutorial… I will probably try your idea.

    • Susan Myers March 16, 2015, 9:19 pm

      Hi Catalina!

      Thank you! I would love to see what you come up with!


  • susan March 4, 2015, 10:22 pm

    lol- love your comments! Wondering how to use this in my jewelry booth! Thanks!

  • Sharon October 29, 2014, 2:53 pm

    Beautiful! Love what you did with these, Suzy. Thank you.

  • Lisa October 29, 2014, 11:29 am

    Love this! Do you have suggestions for making this masculine? (I am a terrible painter and always need a pattern.) My husband has a lot of hats lying around. This would be a fun way to display some of his favorites (while protecting the brims).

  • Cookie17 October 28, 2014, 8:35 pm

    Ohhhh Meeee so cute sitting here looking at one heads now,remind’s me of Betty Boop ew poppy dop I think thats’ right ha,ha, another great one Thank’s Suzy,,woot woot….

  • Lynda October 28, 2014, 4:25 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!!! This is so awesome and I’ve got a rather unique idea I’m going to do incorporating your idea, he he, I’ll send you pictures when I’m done to see what you think!

  • Cindi thomas October 28, 2014, 3:15 pm

    These are adorable, I love them. Thanks for the tut!

  • Shannon October 28, 2014, 12:58 pm

    O-M-GEE! This is going to be pinned and done in the next couple weeks! I know exactly where these ladies will go 🙂

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