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When you don't have the budget for a real dress form, make one!
I have been searching for a dress form forever, but those things are so expensive! So instead, I took an old mannequin that my mom found in the trash outside a retail store a long time ago and covered it in vintage patterns and tissue paper! It is a super easy DIY.

Posted by Stacie G. from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States • Published See Stacie G.'s 39 projects »
  • How to make a mannequins. Diy Dress Form - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you need a mannequin. See if any stores are getting rid of one, or ask if they ever do to give it to you!

  • How to make a mannequins. Diy Dress Form - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next you need to cover the mannequin in tissue paper with decoupage. It is very easy and fun. :) Tear little strips to make it look old fashioned.

  • How to make a mannequins. Diy Dress Form - Step 3
    Step 3

    After you let the tissue paper dry, you can now start to put on the vintage patterns. I used the front and back of the bodice and molded them to the mannequin and then I tore and placed additional patterns to make the corset-like design.

  • How to make a mannequins. Diy Dress Form - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then you’ve got a new dress form you can display in your room! :)

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Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects
I love this!
wish009 · Frostproof, Florida, US · 2 projects
do they give you mannequins?
Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 15 projects
I keep wanting to do this. *sigh*
Siobhan P.
Siobhan P. · Oxford, England, GB · 2 projects
Really original idea working it with vintage pattersn- looks amazing!
PinkWeeds · Omaha, Nebraska, US · 207 projects
very cool looking dress form.

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