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DIY Mannequin Tutorial

When planning for my next set of costumes, I realized that I simply couldnt work on the costumes the way I needed to while wearing them or simply laying them flat… a mannequin was in my future. I didn’t want to buy one just yet, although there are affordable options out there. I had found the following tutorial on Pintrest from handimainia.com and felt it would be a great way to build a form that was true to my shape.

DIY Plus Sized Mannequin

Me wrapped in duct tape. Mine is not NEARLY as neat as the tutorial, but it still works!

The one part I thought was missing from this tutorial was how to actually implement the stand in a way that was still very cost effective. I initially had thought I could make it work by just setting it on a stool, and it DID work for a little while, but it wasn’t very stable, and honestly, I needed something closer to my own height. DIY Plus Size Mannequin

The cheap and easy solution? A cheap stand lamp from Walmart rang in at $7. DIY Mannequin

Cut out the cord (please don’t have this plugged in for any reason… I feel I have to say this as I personally know someone who could have been killed cutting through a live lamp cord.) Cut off the bulb attachment and pull the cord out. You will only need the metal poles and base.

DIY Mannequin

Now, take two of the poles and screw them together, and feed it into your mannequin. Ideally do this before you even stuff it, since this will allow you to keep it nice and centered. I had to split the bottom of mine (dubbed Quinn) and move the stuffing around. She lists to the left a bit because of this, but she still is a solid costume assistant.

DIY Mannequin

Before you seal things up, set up the base of the stand, and hold your mannequin up so you can evaluate hight. You may want to adjust the depth of the poles accordingly. There are two very important parts to this:

  1. Make sure that the end is sticking out enough so that you can easily unscrew the mannequin from the base for easy storage.
  2. Make sure the end coming out of the mannequin matches up correctly to the completed stand below.

DIY Mannequin

Finally, seal up the bottom of the mannequin, and continue to tape the form securely to the pole.

DIY Mannequin

And that’s it! A cheap and easy mannequin that is perfectly sized to your own shape. Plus, a sneak peek at my next tutorial!

DIY Mannequin

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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