This DIY dress form project is such a unique home decor piece! Use fabric and Mod Podge to cover a dress form – customize any way you like.
Have 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.
DIY Dress Form
Gather These Supplies
- Dress form
- Mod Podge Satin
- Fabric in the pattern of your choice
- Spray paint
- Paint brush
- Craft knife
- Painter’s tape and paper/paper towels
- Wax paper
The first thing I needed to do was spray paint the base of my dress form. 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.
Next 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.
Then use your scissors to cut the fabric into A LOT of pieces. Yep, I cut a lot of pieces for my DIY dress form. But it’s not that bad once you get started. Just watch an episode of Downton Abbey or something.
Once 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.
I 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.
You 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.
Here she is in all of her splendor! This DIY dress form is kind of crazy, kind of fun. I want to make one for Halloween, actually. What do you think?
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