What can you do with a mannequin? Now take your head out of the gutter. We’re talking about perfectly healthy craft projects using mannequins, dress forms, or mannequin pieces.

Here are some ideas courtesy of Judi Townsend, owner of Mannequin Madness in Oakland, where she sells new and used mannequins to artists, theater companies, museums and more. Check out his blog for more DIY projects.

1) A dress form makes a sturdy canvas for a crafty air garden. Weave succulents into the mesh of the shapely figure.

A dress contains succulents. (Courtesy Judi Townsend / Model Madness)

2) Echoes of “Goldfinger”. You won’t kill a mannequin if you paint it gold, cover it with an exterior grade clear finish, and add a few decorative items. It makes a pretty garden ornament.

A mannequin rests in the garden.  (Courtesy Judi Townsend / Model Madness)
A mannequin rests in the garden. (Courtesy Judi Townsend / Model Madness)

3) Half chest, half Christmas tree!

A mannequin torso becomes a Christmas tree.  (Courtesy of JudiTownsend / Mannequin Madness)
A mannequin torso becomes a Christmas tree. (Courtesy of JudiTownsend / Mannequin Madness)

4) Paint one red and put it spectacularly in your garden.

What is it in the garden?  A mannequin, of course.  (Courtesy of JudiTownsend / Mannequin Madness)
What is it in the garden? A mannequin, of course. (Courtesy of JudiTownsend / Mannequin Madness)


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