I've wanted to own a dress form for as long as I can remember. Why? I don't quite know, but when I came across one for $2 at a garage sale I knew I had to give it a home. I soon realized that it was too good to be true as pieces of foam slipped out the bottom en route to my car. It also had tears around the neck and--wait for it--a couple of stains. (Perhaps its original owner should have paid me for it?) Still, I couldn't shake the feeling that I could make something magical of it, so I brushed off the ol' elementary school paper mache skills and, voilà! I have a whole new statement piece.
Water (Warm it up a bit)
Duct tape (For any holes that need sealing)
A bowl to mix in and a scissors (If you want clean paper edges)
I bet you already have at least 75% of these items right. now.
I started by duct taping around the bottom and neck area so the filling wouldn't fall out. Then, I made a simple paper mache mixture of flour, water and salt. Start small, but mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water and whisk until the chunks are gone. (Note: The salt is optional, but it's good to use if you have any fear of mold.) Cut or rip your paper into thin strips and dip into the mache mixture. Dipping the paper into the tacky mix gets messy, but after seeing the dried result of the layered pieces, I can say it was well worth the effort.
The best part? This dingy dress form do-over cost less than $15.