Vintage Style Mini Mannequin Upcycle

Hi there! I hope you’re having a great week. I had lunch with my sweet friend Nancy on Wednesday, and she “talked me into” sharing this project with you. I wasn’t sure about it, but she squealed with excitement when I showed her, so I guess that means she liked it, LOL.

I try to involve something vintage-y in all my crafts, because vintage is my great love (as you know). So projects either start with something vintage or end up looking like something vintage. Today’s project–a vintage style mini mannequin falls into the latter category.

Do you have an empty dish soap bottle and a paper bag? Then you can make this project!

Vintage Style Mini Mannequin Upcycle adirondackgirlatheart.comAlmost all the materials you need are probably already in your house somewhere. The one exception would be the doll stand that I used for the mannequin’s stand, but that was purchased at the dollar store.

dish soap bottle and knifeI chose a bottle that has the shape of a human figure and trimmed the bottom off, leaving 5.5,” (including the lid).

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I ripped the paper bag into small pieces and began applying them to the bottle with matte finish Mod Podge and a foam brush.

stamp padI wanted to put some numbers near the neckline, since many vintage mannequins often have numbers. After finding the right size and style numbers, I stamped a few on some paper bag scraps. When I had the configuration that I wanted, I glued the scrap onto the mannequin.

doll stand and soap bottle lidFor the stand, I used a doll stand that I picked up at the dollar store. I bent the curved “arms” (made to hold the doll) upwards, as you can see in the photo.

Next to the doll stand, you see what remains of the lid to the soap bottle. I pried off the top off the lid and filled in the hollow portion with hot glue (this will be the “neck” of the mannequin).

close look at the mannequin neckI spray painted both the doll stand and the bottle lid (the “neck”) with matte finish black paint.

inserting doll stand inside mannequin bodyHere you can see how I glued the stand onto the inside, back of the mannequin, using hot glue.

top of vintage-style mini mannequinHere’s a look at the neck, reassembled on the “body” of the mannequin.

vintage inspired mini mannequinAnd there you have it, a miniature mannequin. I think it would look great wrapped in vintage music or dictionary paper, too.

vintage style mini mannequin holding braceletsIt’s the perfect size for holding a few bracelets.

vintage style mini mannequin holding bracelets


Or one very busy bracelet.

This craft would make a terrific mother-daughter activity or Girl Scout project. Don’t you think?

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  1. Love your articles, Love the vintage and how you bring back my memories. But, this one really caught my attention. Thanks for the how to plans.

  2. Now THAT is super, super cute! Yes, it would make a great GS project, and I have a niece who is the leader of her daughter's (my grand-niece's) troop. I will be passing this along!

  3. Diana, that is about the cutest craft I have ever seen. I'm going to make one with my granddaughter. She will love it. sb

  4. Too Cute and a great little project. Thanks for sharing your steps too. The ideas to decorate the form are endless. Happy Creating.
    Hugs, CM

  5. Yes, absolutely! My little Bebe is going to be bored one day very soon this summer… and I am going to whip out these materials!!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  6. oh this mini mannequin is TOOOOOO cute! love it and so fun! i could see a couple dozen of these on a shelf modeling different outfits or jewely! Ok maybe that's too much but wow you are so awesomely creative!

    1. We are highlighting this adorable itty bitty tiny mini mannequin at the creative challenge tomorrow. Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing with us, you are an inspiration to us all!

  7. Oh my gosh how did you ever think of this?! It's so creative! It certainly takes the cake for ingenuity. Being a jewelry-maker I've always loved mannequins for jewelry display. Love, love, love this!

  8. So cute Diana! I would have never guessed it was a dish soap bottle. I just made a scrap book out of paper bags on my girlfriend get away. Haven't quite finished it yet. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Diana – this is a GENIUS project! You are so creative…we will never look at a dish soap bottle quite the same. Thanks so much for linking up with Karen at Something To Talk About!

    Vicki and Jennifer
    2 Bees in a Pod

  10. I have been enjoying your projects along the way, but I am loving this one. Very clever repurposing and recycling.

  11. Oh Diana, you are so clever! What an adorable project. Happy to feature you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Beyond brilliant!! What an incredible idea. I love the idea of making this with something I normally would recycle!

  13. Fabulous Friday is next week, had to post pone it because just moved into a new home, see you next week and thanks for sharing your last post vintage mini mannequin

  14. Since seeing this, I found that instead of using the attached lid and having to fill the hole with glue, most soda bottle lids fit perfect and no hole to fill!!

  15. What a brilliant idea I have just spent the last two days sewing and stuffing a mannequin pin cushion to put a dress on wasn’t really happy with how it turned out but am going to try your idea

  16. I make baby burial/christening gowns out of wedding gowns, for my charity group in WV.. and have been looking for something just this to ‘ model ‘ them on as i am sewing them…. what a perfect idea, THANK YOU… i am making 2 this afternoon !

    1. What a sweet charity to work with, Sarah; I’m so glad my idea is going to be a part of it. I’d love to see photos, if you ever get the chance 🙂 You can email me at adirondackgirlatheart [at] gmail [dot] com.

  17. I don’t understand the materials used to make the maniquin stand. There just isn’t enough instruction or specifics. 🙁

    1. Hi Robin! The mannequin stand is a doll stand, made for holding Barbies or souvenir dolls. I bought mine at a dollar store, but they can be purchased for a dollar or two on Amazon 🙂 Hope that helps!

  18. This is such a unique idea, I love the brown paper it really makes it look vintage. Might have to make one for myself!

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