DIY Dress Form Display Tutorial

Everyone needs a miniature dress form to go next to their sewing machine, right? This interesting project has a lot of parts that come together in a fun way to make a great gift for someone who sews or an item to keep in your craft area to let everyone know your favorite craft.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache dress form
Dowel rod
Wood head bead
Wood circle plaque
Blue paint
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Foam brush
FolkArt Antiquing Medium
Old sewing pattern
Craft knife or sharp scissors
Wood glue
Small piece of air-dry clay or Sugru


Things to do:
1. Paint the dowel rod, head bead and wood plaque blue or color of your choice. Allow to dry.
2. Meanwhile, apply Mod Podge to dress form and place torn pieces of sewing pattern on top, pressing into the shape of the dress form.
3. Allow to dry, then spread Mod Podge on top, sealing the paper and smoothing out any edges that might not have been stuck down. Allow to dry.
4. Find the center of the bottom of the dress form and use a craft knife or a sharp pair of scissors to poke a small hole.
5. Insert the dowel in the hole.
6. Glue the head bead to the center of the plaque, with the hole facing up. Allow to dry.
7. Fill the hole with clay or Sugru and stick the dowel inside. Remove any excess and allow to dry.
8. Paint over the clay once dry, if desired.
9. Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of antiquing medium to the dress form. It doesn’t (probably shouldn’t) have to completely cover the surface, and if you’d like a less-aged look you can skip this step, or give it a swipe with a paper towel after you apply. Let dry.

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