Steampunk Paper Mâché Dress Form mixed media tattered angels

Steampunk Paper Mâché Dress Form

Monica Longard from MonDo Creations is with us today sharing her first project as a CCB Crew member; it’s a Paper Mâché Dress Form which upcycled to become a fancy, vintage-looking handmade gift.
Let’s see how she achieved that…

I made this dress form as a birthday present for one of my friends. She is a crafter but does mostly scrapbook pages and is always saying how much she likes my altered art projects. So I decided to make her one of her own! I had a paper mache dress form and I wanted to try out as many of the new products that I got when I became part of the Canvas Corp Design Team as possible. I had Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sprays and the new Tattered Angels Color Wash paints that I wanted to try out. I also had several types of canvas that came with my first order that I wanted to incorporate into the project. As with pretty much all my projects, I also had to incorporate as much bling as possible.

Products used:
Paper Mache Dress Form
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Crushed ShellsPatinaWalnut Gold
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint Faux Finish – PatinaCopperOld BronzeBronze
Canvas Corp Burlap – Black
Canvas Corp Canvas Sheet – natural
Canvas Corp Cord – Waxed Cotton – Chocolate 45′
7gypsies Gears: Industrial
7gypsies Paris Charms
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Paper
Miscellaneous flowers, charms and glass glitter
3D Gloss Gell, FabriTac adhesive, Crystal Effects adhesive
Scissors, Paint brush

My first step was to cover the dress form with the tissue paper using 3D gloss gel.

Once it was dry, I sprayed it with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Crushed Shells, Patina and Walnut Gold.

I wanted more colour on top of the mists, so I added the Tattered Angels Color Wash paint – I alternated the colours until I got the look I wanted. I used the Faux Finish colors Patina, Copper, Old Bronz and Bronze.

The next step was to make the corset for the dress. I used the piece of black burlap first, with the regular canvas on top. I added some color to the regular canvas by spraying it with the same glimmer mist sprays I used earlier. I also frayed all the edges. Then I attached it to the dress form with glue and secured it by wrapping it with the brown cord.

I finished the project by adding the gears, flowers and other embellishments that I had gathered for the project.

The finished dress form is a gorgeous vintage inspired piece of home decor and I will be giving it to a crafty friend of mine.
You could pick up any kind of paper mache figure and upcycle it to become a beautiful gift.


– Monica Longard from MonDo Creations –
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'Steampunk Paper Mâché Dress Form' has 1 comment

  1. April 9, 2018 @ 9:55 am Julia Cotrim

    Awesome! I bet it was fun to create this steampunk paper maché dress for!


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