Recently, I found this fun and clever project over at Adirondack Girl@ Heart, and just HAD to make one of my own.
Oh my wow. There are so many variations you could make. I chose to make a Steam-punk-esque mini mannequin.
I used a dishwashing liquid bottle, old pages from a book, a brown paper bag, an old doll stand, glue and water, and some paint.
I followed her instructions for cutting the bottle, but decoupaged pages from an old torn book (instead of brown paper) we had in our crafting supplies. I painted the cap and the stand with black paint, first.
After the paint almost dried, I decoupaged over the stand with a torn up brown paper bag. This way, a little of the black paint mixed in, but not too much. I love the effect it created.
I then took some copper paint and painted the cap, but made sure to leave a little of the black showing through. I then gave everything a coat of polycrylic to seal them.
When decoupaging the pages to the bottle, I wrapped them underneath because the edge was sharp. Then I brushed a little of the copper paint along the edge.
The neat thing about this mannequin is not only is it good for hanging jewelery or as an art object, it fits 18″ dolls’ clothing (which we have a lot of).
Falafel was especially excited about this!
I may have to make a few more of these. I was even trying to come up with alternative bases. Maybe using something recycled, as well.
Finding a good project makes me so very happy! How about you?
What have you recycled or upcycled lately?