Make a Mannequin Hat Stand for Your Crochet Creations by Using Decoupage on a Styrofoam Head

Looking for fun Styrofoam head decorating ideas? Using decoupage, or collage, you can create a unique and eye-catching piece of art that can be used as a centerpiece, or as a display for hats, wigs, or jewelry.

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To get started, you will need:


Begin by selecting your decorative paper or napkins with designs that you find appealing. Cut or tear the paper into small pieces, then set them aside.

Next, prepare your Styrofoam head by ensuring it’s clean and free from any debris. (Optional: use acrylic paint to paint the head in a base color that complements your chosen paper designs. Allow the paint to dry completely before starting the decoupage process.)

Using your paintbrush, apply a layer of decoupage glue to a small section of the head. Then, carefully place your paper cutouts or napkin over the glue, gently smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Continue this process, working in sections, until the entire head is covered with your chosen designs.

After the decoupage glue has dried, apply a top coat of decoupage glue to seal and protect the paper. This will also give the head a smooth, finished appearance.

As a final touch, you can add extra embellishments such as rhinestones, glitter, or other decorative elements to further personalize your decoupaged Styrofoam head.

I’m really pleased with how my decorated Styrofoam head turned out, and it works great as a stand for knit or crocheted hats or wigs.

Let me know if you try this idea – I’d love to see your creations!


What is decoupage?

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects and other decorative elements.

Can you decoupage on Styrofoam / polystyrene?

Yes, decoupage works well on Styrofoam. Apply the paper and glue in thin, even layers and allow each layer to dry completely before adding additional coats for the best results.

Can you put Mod Podge on Styrofoam / polystyrene?

You can safely use Mod Podge as a decoupage glue on Styrofoam or polystyrene.

What glue can I use if I don’t have Mod Podge?

White glue, like Elmer’s, mixed with water can be used as a Decoupage glue. Learn how to make the mixture here at Elmer’s website.

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