I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of jewelry organizers over the years (and at least one scarf rack!), I was clearly overdue to make something for my hats.
Well, my friends…finally, that day is here!
I love the look of vintage hat stands, but they are hard to come by and unsurprisingly pricey. But the look- their shape- is replicable using a few parts & pieces from the thrift store…in fact, it was this set of wooden salad bowls that inspired my project.
The clear varnish had nearly flaked away over the years, but otherwise, they were the perfect size and shape to hold a hat- even with their footed bottom. Now, I just needed to find some decent wooden candlesticks to pair them with.
I found these- and while they weren’t perfect (more on that later), they would more than do and I could work around their flaws.
So- here’s where my vision is going…This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
But I needed to do a little prep work first! Using our orbital sander, I smoothed out the tops of the candlesticks- this would allow the upturned bowls to sit more flush against them. But while cleaning out the remnant candle wax, I realized just how deep that brass core was…which meant I wasn’t going to be connecting the bowls to the sticks with a screw (my original intention). It could be done, but seemed more troublesome than it was worth.
The candlesticks also didn’t have a large, stabilizing base- so, to hold something like a wide-brimmed hat, I was going to have to rectify add a more secure base to each stick. Enter a pair of wooden plaques that would serve as bases! Now I had all three parts that a DIY hat stand would need.
As I studied my parts, I wondered how to coordinate them- staining the bowls and bases to match the candlesticks sounded awfully daunting. I LOVE wood stain, but I suspected that no amount of stain-matching would yield a seamless appearance. Plus, it sounded like a lot of work in my garage and it was, like, 97°F outside. So, I decided to paint them- not my first choice (I really did want the look of natural wood), but the splashy blue won me over in the end.
To connect everything together, we drilled a hole through the center of the base, a pilot hole into the bottom of the candlestick, and drilled a 2” wood screw through each.
Then, I used my favorite wood glue to fix each upturned bowl to the candlestick. A screw would have been ideal, but sometimes thrifters can’t be choosers!
Because these wooden salad bowls were vintage and hand-turned, they were a little uneven on the inside. But I like the touch of askew-ness and it doesn’t affect its hat-holding abilities at all!
After the wood glue had set, I re-enforced the junction with a bead of hot glue– it’s not visible unless you turn over the hat stand, and I’m all about a little glue insurance. Especially since my original plan to use screws was thwarted.
And there you have it- a DIY hat stand pair from thrift store parts. Same shape as the vintage kind, but for just a couple of dollars.
I’m already on the hunt for additional candlesticks- I still have three salad bowls left…and many more hats!