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!
Almost 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.
I 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 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.
For 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).
I spray painted both the doll stand and the bottle lid (the “neck”) with matte finish black paint.
Here you can see how I glued the stand onto the inside, back of the mannequin, using hot glue.
Here’s a look at the neck, reassembled on the “body” of the mannequin.
And there you have it, a miniature mannequin. I think it would look great wrapped in vintage music or dictionary paper, too.
It’s the perfect size for holding a few 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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