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Mannequin Decoupage Makeover

Updated on May 30, 2012

I Want a Mannequin

I have wanted a mannequin for what seems like forever. For years I have asked the proverbial garage sale holder if they have a mannequin and it always seemed the response was "We just sold one". Ugh! I quit asking. I figured if I was suppose to have one I would eventually.

On a visit from out of state a friend of mine brought me one she had. I was so surprised. It was the shell type with hanger. Hey, beggars can't be choosers! I took her and loved her..

Shell Type Mannequin
Shell Type Mannequin

The Supplies

A few years later I got the idea of giving her a more "full" body. Not knowing if it would work or not I gave a try. I gathered all the supplies I thought I would need........several bags of stuffing (picked up at yard sales for a song), and old blanket, masking tape and duct tape. Duct tape can fix anything right?

supplies
supplies

From Half a Woman to a Full Figured One

I needed to fill in the back of her empty shell. I grabbed the old blanket and worked it in to position. It required a lot of folding and refolding but I managed to give her back a more womanly shape. One of her thighs were cracked so I reinforced it with tape and continued to fill in the depression. Stuffing was added to both of her thighs and anywhere where more filling was needed. I used some masking tape to hold it all in place.

Filling the cavity
Filling the cavity

She's Taking Shape

Once her shell was filled and held in place with tape, I covered her entire back with duct tape. I then covered over the duct tape with masking tape. I trimmed any ends of the tape that proceeded to far over her "side seem".

I know you're probably asking why cover the duct tape with masking tape. Well, I had planned to decoupage the entire mannequin and figured the decoupage medium would apply and stick better to the masking tape than the duct tape.

All Taped Up
All Taped Up

Decoupaged Sewing Pattern

Now came the fun part. I had an old sewing pattern that I had in my stash and thought it would be the perfect camouflage for her "skin". I tore the sheer paper pattern up into small and medium pieces. Using the decoupage method I proceeded to completely cover her, front and back. Once I was done I applied several more coats of decoupage medium to be sure all was sealed securely.

I L♥VE the way she turned out! I now have a gorgeous one of a kind mannequin, thanks to my good friend. I can use her to display jewelry or clothing or both. I ended up finishing her off with a gorgeous rhinestone brooch that belonged to my Grandmother. It was the perfect finishing touch which I added to the center of her throat. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of it on her.

You could decoupage fabric, sheet music, wrapping paper, any papers really, the sky is the limit.

Simply gorgeous!
Simply gorgeous!
Ready for display
Ready for display

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