little black dress
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Designer: Holly Hanks
More and more these days, I find myself gravitating towards creating altered projects. I love finding new and unusual ways to put my scrapbooking supplies to use, and this little black dress is the perfect example! They make great little shelf decorations... I have one in my craft room, and this black and red version adorns a knick-knack shelf in my living room where it's color scheme is right at home. There are so many ways to interpret this project, so many things you could add to it. My daughter is now asking for a fairy dress with wings... that might just have to be my next project!
Instructions (Print version)
1. Start by cutting approximately (13) 1" x 12" strips from your chosen patterned paper. Run each paper strip through the "Threading Water" border punch until the entire strip has a scalloped edge.
2. Now, it is time to start assembling your dress. For the top of the dress, begin at the top of the mannequin and layer more strips working downward. Secure each end of the paper strip at the back of the dress using a dot of hot glue. Trim off any extra edge of the strip that remains. It should take about 6 pieces to cover the top portion of the mannequin. Due to the shape of the mannequin, it will require
3. Once you have the top of the dress complete, begin working on the bottom pieces. This time, start at the bottom and layer the pieces working up. It will take about 7 pieces to cover the bottom, and you
4. There will be a gap between the top of the dress and the bottom where you will still be able to see the papier mache. (See photo) Don't worry. We're getting ready to cover that up with some pretty ribbon!
Fold the edges of the ribbon back, and wrap the ribbon around the middle of the dress. Secure in the back with a bow; secure the bow in place with a dot of hot glue.
5. Use the "Seal of Approval" punch to punch out a scalloped circle from the patterned paper. Fold the circle into 8th's to give it some dimension.
6. Adhere the flower to the front of the dress on top of the ribbon using a dot of hot glue. Layer a felt flower and large rhinestone on top; secure with hot glue.
7. Adhere 2 buttons to the top back of the dress using a dot of hot glue.
8. Using the Pop-Up flower punch, punch out 8 flower from the patterned paper. Adhere to the base of the mannequin using dots of hot glue. Add rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
9. Adorn the base of the mannequin with some pretty trims, securing with hot glue.
10. Add a gorgeous "diamond" necklace to the neck of the mannequin using a jeweled bling frame.
Fiskars "Threading Water" Border Punch
Papier Mache (Silver Crow Creations)