When I photograph hats for my website, I usually love to have a baby modeling it. It just makes the product in the photo look so much better. Sometimes I can't get hold of a model, and I just absolutely dislike photographing my work flat as it doesn't show its full potential.
So I was looking for a nice reasonably priced hat stand to use, I couldn't believe how much these were (especially if you wanted a good one). I also didn't want a straight hat stand, I wanted something a little different and that wouldn't be too intrusive to the product being photographed. Being a thrift store junkie, I decided to go searching for something I could use to make my own hat stand with.
I brought home what I found and decided to photograph each step to show you how easy it is to make your own hat stand. Just follow the instructions below and you too could have a great hat stand for your photos.
- The stand you have found in a thrift store, at home, or bargain sale!
- 4" styrofoam ball - (found in craft stores) this size is good for newborn hats, you can buy bigger sizes if needed.
- Sticky Tape
- Serrated edged knife.
Using the serrated edged knife carefully cut the styrofoam ball in half.
Remove anything from the top of your stand to make it flat (this had a glass candle holder that was removed). Tape down one half of the styrofoam ball to the top of the stand. Use as much tape as you need to make it sturdy.
I found that this stand leant a little so once I decided which side I wanted to be the front, I just wrote "Front" on it. This just helps for later when you are trying to figure out where to position your hat.
The hat stand is now complete.