Wednesday, May 5, 2010

DIY Craft Show Display Tutorial #2: Mannequin Headband Display

My next tutorial is of a project I've been dreaming of making for a LONG time!  It is a styrofoam mannequin head that has been covered with vintage sheet music.  I think it's going to be perfect for displaying headbands at craft shows!

What you need:  a styrofoam mannequin head (I got this one at Hobby Lobby for $5), a vintage saucer, Mod Podge, a foam brush, vintage sheet music (or any other type of vintage paper ephemera).  You will also need a sturdy type of glue (besides E6000) to secure the head to the plate.  I tried E6000, but it was an epic fail.  It ate away at the base of the foam.

First step:  cut the sheet music into little squares, no larger than 2.5".  Keep your scissors handy throughout the project, because you will find that you will need to make smaller squares and cut bigger squares in half throughout the project.

 Next, brush Mod Podge on the back of a square and apply it to the mannequin head. 

*Note:  the paper sticks better if you put the Mod Podge on the mannequin, and then stick the paper to the mannequin.  However, you have to have at least one ring of paper already adhered before this method will work.  When you first start out, the Mod Podge wants to absorb into the styrofoam.

I started out covering the base of the neck, then the face, then the crease of the neck, and finally the rest of the head.  You will have to tuck, crease, and cut the paper as you go so it follows the shape of the head.  Don't be afraid to smooth the edges with your fingers.  This is NOT a clean project... you've been warned!

Go back and smooth the edges of the papers and let it dry.  Next you will turn the saucer upside down and glue the head to the center. 

Once everything has set and dried... you're all done!  Now it's time to arrange your beautiful headbands (or whatever else you choose to display).



  1. What a fantastic idea! I love it! Now can you make a suggestion for an earring or necklace display?

  2. Looks so cute!

    I cringe at the idea of cutting up sheet music though. Maybe it's the musician in me, lol.

    I need to see if Michaels has mannequin heads! I need them in kids sizes for my display..

  3. This is way cool! I love the look of this :)

    I usually dislike mannequins because they can be creepy looking but this is really way cool!

  4. I'm dreaming up an earring display... that will come soon! I have an idea for necklaces, I'll see if it works....

    And Angie, I know how you feel. That's how I feel when I see people have cut up a copy of Alice in Wonderland. I bought a huge lot of vintage sheet music at an auction, and it was full of dozens of copies of each song. So I don't feel toooo badly.

  5. so fun! i can't wait for the necklace and earring displays.

    thanks so much for sharing.

  6. this is an AWESOME idea! thanks for sharing :)

  7. How close is the head size to an adult's head? The reason I'm asking is I wonder if it would work for crocheted hats? It's a very cool idea! :)

  8. It is a little bit larger than my head. I'm not sure if I have an average sized head, though? I'm hoping so! :)