Mad Like Alyce

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 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


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


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Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
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  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
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  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
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