Monday, March 11, 2013

Make Your Own Dress Form

Today The Polka Dot Closet is hosting its  


For a very long time prior to this event, it was my intention to make my own dress form with a dishsoap bottle, and now just seemed like the time to follow through with that plan.  So I gathered up some supplies.  What I used were as follows...

One clean and dry dishsoap bottle, (bottom of bottle cut off so that piece measures approximately 7" from neck to what will be the bottom of dress form; discard the rest.)..   One cleaned and dried pint-sized ice cream lid (mine from my favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry's!)...  One empty paper towel roll...   Basic white glue...   Strong tape...   Strong Sturdy cardboard...  Some E6000 glue (or other strong glue of choice)...   A handful of stones...  Some inexpensive acrylic paint...  And strips of newspaper.  That's it, and you can get started!

I first took my paper towel roll, and cut an open slit, straight up, lengthwise.  This way I could squeeze and overlap the roll to fit the neck of my dress form.  Then I glued it into place with E6000 glue.


Next I traced the size of the bottom of the paper towel roll onto the top of my ice cream lid (which will become the base of my dressform).  Cut out the hole with scissors or exacto knife, then tape paper towel roll into the cut hole of the lid, and tape in place, making sure to cover the opening of the paper towel roll as well (sorry, not shown).  


I think you could get away with using masking tape, but I trusted the strength of duct tape more. Tape the top of the lid into place as well.  Make sure your dressform is standing up straight, not tilted.


I then traced the base onto a thick, sturdy piece of cardboard for the bottom of the base.  I filled the ice cream lid with just enough stones to fill it; then I taped the cardboard circle I just traced and cut out, to cover the stones and lid, and thus complete the bottom of the base.  I used aquarium type stones, but you could get them from your own back yard...  or even perhaps resort to something else on hand, like cat litter perhaps, or sand??  You're just welcome to use whatever you have on hand, that you think may serve as a good enough weight to keep your dressform standing.


You are now ready to paper mache your dress form.  I took glue and water in approximately equal parts and mixed them in a disposable bowl.  I then dipped strips of newspaper into the glue mixture and proceeded to cover my dressform.  Most times, I found the smaller/narrower my strips of newspaper, the better.  You will get the feel of it as you go along.  Cover EVERYTHING, including the open top and bottom of the dishsoap bottle.  Let dry, then begin a second layer of papers.  Let completely dry again.
  

Finally, I painted my dress form with an inexpensive acrylic craft paint, in this case white, but you may prefer to go a more antique-looking shade of color.  That is totally up to you.
  

You may also choose to go a step further, to decoupage patterned tissue paper, pretty paper napkins, or old sewing pattern pieces to your dress form.  You could go with a crackle paint of some sort...  The sky's the limit from here.  You can go as fancy-schmancy as you like!  As for me, I glued a little lace at the bottom, and I'm just tickled pink with how it came out already!  But I can't wait to go on now to dress it up!  Hopefully, I'll be able to update/post again sometime soon, to show you the finished outcome of it all...  So stick around.  I'm not finished yet!

My thanks to Carol for hosting today,
and thanks so much to my visitors for stopping by!
I am also linking with Rose Chintz Cottage, so please
stop by to see everybody at Sandy's Home party.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and that
you'll give it a try sometime!


*Note:  This project, tutorial, and all related photos are copyrite protected.  Do not copy tutorial or any photos.  You make mention my blog, and link to this tutorial, but please, DO NOT STEAL as your own.  Thank you

47 comments:

Faith said...

Lucy
...you did a lovely job with this looking forward to the all
dolled up version, although it is simple and lovely now..Hoping all is well with you my girl. I missed the ball this year, but I've got a head start for next year now don't I? Hugs

Ethyl

Fran. said...

That is so flippin cool!! I did upcycling!! And that looks so easy!! Thanks for sharing!! XOXO Luv fran.

Lindsay Weirich said...

THIS is an awesome idea! I am going to find a larger bottle to make a "bust" for displaying necklaces on! thank you!

Createology said...

I adore your dress form. How clever to make one from a soap bottle. How fun to attend Carol's Ball. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Beansie,
WOW what a fabulous dress form you created. She is stunning. You are so talented and this is a great idea. Thank you for sharing your process too.
Nice to meet you too and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I have so enjoyed my visit and now a new follower too.
Have fun at the Ball.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great and unique idea. I have got to try that! When she stepped from the carriage there was gasps all around, she is having a fabulous time, thank you so much for allowing her to come to the ball. I promise to have her home safe and sound when it is over!!

Carol

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, this is so clever and creative. I really like the way you salvaged all these ingredients and the lace at the bottom is perfect. I'll never look at a bottle of dish soap the same way again.

Debbie said...

I love it! What a great idea!! You are too clever. I wish I had your energy and drive...wonderful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very clever! I never would have imagined all these pieces separately could come together to make such a pretty dress form. Great job!

Ana said...

Oh, Tina,
WAGI (What A Great Idea). I love it! Thanks for sharing how you made her. Can't wait to see her all dolled up. Will definitely have to come back :-)

Hugs,
❤Ana

craftattack said...

Fantastic - this is something that I must try! Valerie

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

I'm totally impressed.Have fun at the Ball:)
Hugs,
<Marie

kitty said...

Oh my gosh, that is TOOOOO cute! I need to make one. Thanks for sharing.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

love it. I just saved a soap bottle to try one of these. Thanks for the visit. Enjoyed meeting so many pretty ladies.

barbandemily said...

Congrats on seeing your vision through! I'm so pleased to see your version because I started my own with a mouthwash bottle, and decoupaged first, intending to drill for a dowel later. It's now MUCH later :(

Great inventiveness!

Barb

Beverly Dillow said...

I love your post! I've never seen anything like that done and I am so impressed! I love your design on your blog, too!
Thanks for sharing!
Beverly

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

How clever and creative!!!!!

Thank you for stopping! I used to do Pink Saturdays. My blog name changed. It used to be sassyminidolls

X
Marsha

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Beansie, what a great job and idea for the dress form. So cute and I want to thank you for your kind comments to me. I can't wait for Mabel to get home to tell me all about the ball..I really love your St. Patty's background too..Happy Monday..Judy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeee this! WOW!!!!

Judy McCarthy said...

What a great idea.One I will have to try!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

That was such a creative idea! Thank you for sharing! I'm sure your girl had lots of fun at the ball.
Hugs,
Julia

crochetwithtamara said...

Tina you always inspire me. I can't wait to see the next step.

Love and Hugs, Tamara

lynn said...

such a creative, clever use of the dish soap bottle! i think she is lovely with the bit of lace!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Tina!! How wonderful is this!! Who the heck would have thought it!!

I absolutely love this idea and i hope I can find some time to try this myself!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your gal is sooo lucky you created her so she could attend the ball
My gals was glad to meet her

Donna Heber said...

What a fantastic project! I just adore your dress form and would have never thought of this idea. Can't wait to see how you dress it up!

SUSSEXMOUSE said...

This is utterly brilliant Tina ! Recycling at it's best. Take care now. Marion x

Nanna said...

well how neat is that! thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to see the finished product
Helen

sweeter than cupcakes said...

No that's thinking outside the box!

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a fabulous idea. Great job and thanks for sharing your idea with us.

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Apparently some problems occurred with blogger so I try again !
I'm so pleased to discover your blog and to be your newest French follower.
I never thought before to realize a dress form but I love so much yours that now I Want one ! thank you for the DIY
xoxo from PARIS
jOÊLLE

Ariel said...

This project is awesome. Very creative on your part to make this from found objects. Looking forward to see how you will dress it up.

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, this is soooooo creative and brilliant, Tina! What fabulous recycling! Looking forward to seeing your dress form all dressed up!

Linda B said...

Good night... this is fantastic, girl! Can't wait to see the finished product!
Hugs!

20 North Ora said...

How creative and what a great tutorial! Coming over from the dress form ball.

Judy

Leann said...

Ahhh...can you hear me screaming from here!!!!!!!!!!! This is too darn cute and thanks so much for the tutorial. I buy dish soap in bulk from Costco but and going to have my Mum save me her next bottle!

Love this Tina!!!!!!!

Enjoy your week!
Leann

myletterstoemily said...

that is just the cutest dress form ever!
you are so creative and artistic. i can't
even draw a straight line. :(

GinaBVictorian said...

Hello and thankyou for your visit and comment. Your dress form is precious! So clever and thrifty! Thanks for sharing. Gina

Kelly_Deal said...

This is awesome! Your dress form looks great! Thanks for sharing your tutorial too!

Laurie said...

How clever!

Tracy said...

Great idea to use a dish soap container for your dress form :)
I can see so many possibilities for this project.
Great idea :)

Marlynne said...

Your Dress Form is Cute! Been looking at all the other ideas too! Yes do make some tags, they are fun!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Tina,
What a wonderful and creative idea! She turned out really cute. Hope you have fun at the ball and thanks for sharing this at my HOME. Have Happy St. Patrick's Day wwekend, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

DJAjewels said...

Very unique and creative, not to mention beautiful. I must share a link for this tutorial on:

My FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/DJAjewels

Pinterest - on my DIY board: http://pinterest.com/djajewels/diy-ideas/

Can't wait to see her all dressed up!
Irene

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Oh, wow! Great tutorial. Thank you. ; )
~Michele

Debbie said...

Just saw this as a shout out from The Polka Dot Closet. I had to come and take a look. I really want to copycat this. LOVE it!

Patty said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Would love to make one myself!