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Make a Mini Dress Form with a Paper Mache Mannequin

 So, what can you do with a wood candle stick with the top cut off, a cardboard mini -bust  and a wood plaque?  Make a mini dress form with a paper mache mannequin! I painted mine to look very fun, whimsical and Christmassy, but you can paint yours to match any kind of decor you like. That’s what I love about these, they are so versatile.

Supplies to make a paper mache dress form

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To start, cut the top off of the candlestick and save it for a future project when you just know you are going to need it. I used regular tacky glue and hot glue.  The hot glue  in the cetner keeps it together while the tacky glue on the outside dries. You can find supplies for this project here.
Use paper mache dress forms to make a mannequin
It’s so simple and easy. It would be great for jewelry display! In the photo next to the mannequin, I glued an architectural piece onto a wood base to create a decor item.
Make a paper mache dress form with base
I made this one as a  mini Christmas dress form! You can paint this anyway you would like, you can also use the paper mache mannequin to make Santos Dolls. After painting the base and top with craft paint, I applied a layer of polyurethane to protect it.
Paper mache dress form painted with dots
I hot glued a little vintage broach for some bling  and added a ribbon and she’s all wrapped up snug in a box for her trip to Kentucky!
Painted mini mannequin dress form on pink paper
This was so easy to make, under $10 and you could do this for any season too.
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  1. So funny that I just saw this Jennifer. I found an old dress form about that size that was made of plaster with a beautiful texture. I gave it a quick coat of paint then put it on a stand like you did and I am so happy with the results! I have to look for the paper mache one next!
    Thanks for all your inspiration and I love your book 🙂

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