Tripod Wig Stand

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I needed a wig stand that was cheap to make, adjustable and easy to store. The solution I came up with? A wig stand that fits on my camera tripod. 

This stand is great for cleaning and styling your wig while giving you the flexibility to walk around the wig while working. Plus it'll break down nicely for cosplayers who might need to do some last minute primping on their wigs. 

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Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

  • Head sized styrofoam ball (with the plastic on)
  • 1" diameter dowel (4-5 inches long)
  • Tripod stand with detachable connector
  • Handsaw
  • Electric Drill
  • 13/64 inch drill bit

Step 2: Prepare the Head

Craft store styrofoam is pretty soft, so it's easy to work with. However the softness means you'll want to leave the plastic wrap on to avoid having the ball snag or shed on your wig. 

Simply secure the dowel, center the styrofoam ball and shove it onto the dowel. If you meet resistance, you can use a knife to dig out the extra styrofoam until the ball is far enough onto the dowel to be stable.

Once the ball is secure, mark the dowel so you know how much will be inside the ball when the wig head is complete.

Step 3: Prepare the Dowel

Next you'll prepare the dowel "neck" by attaching it to your tripod. 

Determine how much you want the dowel to stick out (approximately 2-3 inches for mine), add that the the amount that fits inside the ball and cut it to size. You'll need this length to be enough to fit inside the "head" and still sticks out a bit so it can attach to the tripod connector.

Secure the dowel and drill a small hole in the center of the end of the dowel.

Screw the camera connecter into the end of the dowel. Because the wood is soft, you probably won't need to thread the hole first.

Step 4: Bring It Together

Now that you'd prepared all the parts you're ready to put it all together.

Place the head on the dowel and then reattached the camera connector to the tripod. Adjust the height and add a wig.

When you're finished, the wig head can come off easily and you can store the tripod or use it for other things. 


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