How to Make a Wig Stand




Introduction: How to Make a Wig Stand

About: I am a mental health professional, both working with clients and teaching. I give individual and group therapy to incarcerated men. I'm also a professor for a masters of counseling program at a private unive...

I love wearing wigs! As I've gotten more into them, I've started buying more expensive wigs. I just don't feel comfortable throwing them on the shelf anymore, and I don't have space for a bunch of creepy styrofoam heads. This is an inexpensive and space-efficient way of hanging wigs so they retain their shape and stay in good condition. This is my first instructable and I can't figure out how to rotate the images, but I hope you enjoy!

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Step 1: You Will Need...

A plastic grocery bag, some paper for recycling, and some masking tape.

Step 2: Crumple Up Paper and Fill the Bag

Fill the bag with crumpled up paper until you think it's about the size of your head.

Step 3: Twist and Tape

Twist the bag and tape the end down. But make sure you leave the tops of the handles hanging, because we'll be taping them to something else later.

Step 4:

Squeeze all the air out and rearrange the paper in the bag until it's roughly head-shaped. Use tape to help form the shape.

Step 5: Tape to a Wall or Other Location

Find a location where it'll be convenient for you to hang your wigs. I chose the wall next to my closet.

Take the tabs of the handles you left hanging and tape them to the wall. Test to make sure they're hanging securely, then hang your wigs!

In this picture, I've only done two, but I'm going to do more for the rest of my wigs. If you guys can think of improvements for this project, I'd love to hear them!

Enjoy :)

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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I do my own coloring & highlighting of my hair every 4 to 6 weeks with the help of my husband. I start with coloring the base color, auburn, by myself. Then I put in the highlights (usually one color-blonde).

    My husband pulls the hair through the highlighting cap. In order for him to know which places to pull hair through, I circle that spot with black magic marker so he can easily see which ones to use. In order to circle the ones through which I want him to pull hair, I need to place the highlighting cap on a firm surface.

    I've stuffed the cap with rags in the past, but that's pretty mushy & inefficient. I have since decided that I will build a "wig stand (head)" type of device to use instead to mark the cap.

    I will use paper mache' (?spelling) to do so. I'm going to start with a deflated balloon. Place it into the highlighting cap. Blow it up to the size of the cap (inside the cap). At this point, tie off the balloon, securely adding a piece of string to this end to hold on to. You now can start the process of applying the paper mache'.

    Paper mache'ing is a very inexpensive modeling tool. To make paper mache', you start by ripping newspapers into strips 5 or 6 inches long. Place strips of paper into a flattish container into which a paste made of flour, or Elmer's Glue, or Mod Podge, and water has been added. (This paste should be brought to a milk-like [or thicker] consistancy). You then pull out these strips, one at a time. Remove excess glue from the strip of paper [ I do it by pulling them through my thumb & index finger]. Place these strips on the balloon, completely covering it with paper mache'. After you've reached the thickness you like, hang it from a curtain rod or something to dry, completely. Then paint it, but not glossy, or the highlighter cap will be slipping off when you're using it to draw on the markings.


    3 years ago

    This is awesome! I just got a really long wig(80 cm long) and I have no where to put it except on my lamp that I don't use. Thanks a lot, this really helped. I never would have thought of this.


    4 years ago

    Instead of taping them on the wall, you could also hang the handles on a hook or doorknob, also that way the wig holder can easily be moved. Great tutorial, thanks a lot, I'll definitely be using this :D

    Mikki G.W
    Mikki G.W

    5 years ago on Introduction

    How often do they fall off the wall?

    Maybe nails would be better to use for mounting on the wall, rather than tape, especially masking tape


    4 years ago on Introduction

    heeeeey so helpful :3 thank you very much.. its simple and also it looks ugly but that doesn't matter as long as we get to hang the wig and preserve its beauty :3 very useful :D


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Awesome. If I had any wigs, you can rest assured that this will be my primary source of wig-hanging information. (Once I determine that busts of Beethoven and other composers are cost-prohibitive and improperly sized.)