DIY Hat Manikin

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to display your hat?


I have lots of knit hats and It’s fun to admire them even when the weather is warm. I’ve thought about purchasing a manikin head, but they are fairly costly. I have a Styrofoam form that I use for blocking my newly knit hats, but it’s not very attractive. So I began looking for an alternative. This is what I came up with. Are you searching for a fun way to show off your hats? Try this easy project!


First, you will need to gather a few simple supplies.

Styrofoam Head – these can be found at beauty and craft supply stores for around $5.

White craft glue

Small bowl

Mod Podge or similar protective finish

Printed paper of your choice. This can be pages from an old book, wrapping paper, or something printed from the computer (check this 1st to be certain the ink won’t smear).

Foam paint brush to apply glue ( or just use your bare hands…)

Here’s how to make it:

1st tear your paper into small irregular pieces. Don’t use scissors, tearing helps the paper to blend together better.

Next mix a small amount of water and some glue in the small bowl. It should be fairly drippy, but not translucent.

Now for the fun part! Dip the torn paper into the glue mixture and place it on the head. Smooth it out using the foam brush or fingers. Continue adding paper until the entire head is covered.


If the paper you have chosen is fairly thick, such as my Dragonfly wrapping paper, you’ll need to let the pieces soak in the glue mixture for a minute or so. This will help them to mold to the shape of the head.



Allow it to dry completely before using the foam brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal and protect it.


What a cute way to store your favorite knit hat!

Like the hat?? You can find the pattern on Ravelry“Wolf in the Wild Beanie”





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