How to decoupage a dress form

How to decoupage a dress formHave you ever decoupaged a dress form? You totally need to. It’s kind of fun, and then you’ll have a place to display your jewelry, or an interesting home decor piece. I’ve always wanted to Podge one, and I finally got one from Darice, and I decided it was time to go wild. So I picked some crazy fabric and a fun paint color and went for it. What will I do with this lovely lady? I’m not sure . . . yet . . . so if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments! Here is how I made her.

Gather These Supplies

  • Dress form
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Fabric in the pattern of your choice
  • Spray paint
  • Paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s tape and paper/paper towels
  • Wax paper

IMG_6986The first thing I needed to do was spray paint the base. So I used painter’s tape and paper towels to section off the base. I did this at the top as well. Then I spray painted and let dry.

IMG_7010Next I prepared my fabric. When I say prepare my fabric, I mean I ironed the fabric, laid it out on wax paper and painted a medium layer of Mod Podge on top. I did this so it wouldn’t fray when I cut it. Just let it dry.

IMG_7011Then use your scissors to cut the fabric into A LOT of pieces. Yep, I cut a lot of pieces. But it’s not that bad once you get started. Just watch an episode of Downton Abbey or something.

IMG_7012Once you have your pieces, start in the center and Mod Podge each piece to the dress form. Keep overlapping the pieces and Mod Podging. You may have to get your hands a little “dirty” by smoothing the pieces down as they are wet. But it’s kind of fun.

IMG_7059I bet you are wondering what you do as you get closer to the top. Well, I cut darts into the pieces! I just clipped into the piece and then overlapped in that area. I used Mod Podge and smoothed with my fingers.

IMG_7060You can see in the photo above that I cut the pieces at the shoulders and separated them to make them work. I ran the pieces directly up to the neck of my little friend and then trimmed. Let her dry and give her a top coat.

How to decoupage a dress formHere she is in all of her splendor! Kind of crazy, kind of fun. I want to make one for Halloween, actually. What do you think?


  1. Sherri says

    This is great! Do u think I could use the same technique with a hard plastic suitcase?

    • says

      Hi Sherri! You *might* be able to. Plastic can be weird to Mod Podge on – but I’ve done it successfully by spraying the surface with primer. I would do a test first!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness this is awesome!! I am totally going to make one for my daughters room… but Halloween would be awesome!!

  3. says

    I love everything about this. I recently got a dress form from a garage sale and wanted to upgrade it since its a little stained… I think I might be trying my hand at this!

  4. LadyD says

    I’ve just made a brown paper dress form body double. And this would be a great idea to finish it off.