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Need to add a little shimmer and glam to your decor? Here is a fairly simple way to decorate mannequin heads. All you need is a styrofoam mannequin head, I get mine from Sally’s Beauty Supply for under $5. You will need some newspaper or tissue paper, decoupage glue, gold, silver, copper or any color leaf, adhesive size and a sealer. I use Mona Lisa adhesive and size by Speedball found in larger craft stores. You will need a super soft natural brush to smooth out the leaf and another brush for painting on the size.
Step 1: To cover up the styrofoam texture and seams I decoupaged tissue paper over the head, filling in any dents and seams and let dry over night then you can either sand smooth or just rub out any unwanted wrinkles with your fingernail. I left mine wrinkly for texture. I painted my head dark brown just in case any silver leaf didn’t stick ( I didn’t want white showing through)
Step 2: Paint a thin coat of your adhesive size; I used a water based product and it was tacky within 10 minutes but yours may take up to 1/2 hour.
Step 3: Carefully and gently pick up a sheet of the leaf with the paper underneath and press the leaf to the head using the paper not you fingers, rubbing lightly to get it to stick. Use the soft natural brush to rub off any excess. You might want to do a google search for a you tube video if you have never done this before trying! Then you just repeat the process until the head is covered. If you miss any spots you can just take a little piece of leaf and press!
Step 4: Unless you are using 24K gold, you must use a sealer made for leafing or it will tarnish; I let the head dry overnight before sealing with the Mona Lisa Sealer by Speedball.
See my decoupage mannequin heads tutorial to see how to make the head using a map and other fun papers!
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I have always loved maps. Even in grade school I loved drawing maps! The above photo is part of my updated mixed media collage; I added the maps two years after “finishing” the piece! Be sure to see my “before and after”; just click on the link or photo! The following is more handmade map inspired art and decor pieces. From wall art, clocks to a pillow and vase; all inspired from maps! Below is an amazing embroidered map by Squibblybups on Etsy! You can get your own customized neighborhood map hand embroidered!
Above is a fun and easy craft project ucycling maps and cans. Made from a world atlas, road map and topo map, used for pens and coins in my office. The larger coffee can has straight sides; I just decoupaged the map to the can. The smaller cans have the slightest taper making it bit of a challenge; I used Yes glue (a glue stick could work) then sealed with a clear acrylic spray when the glue was dry. You could also cut the paper a little longer and decoupage following the top of the can, then trim the bottom. Below is a decoupage mannequin head I made using an Alberta road map! Be sure to check out my tutorial for decoupaged mannequin heads.
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These are my top five DIY craft for home and garden! They are all super simple and fun to do! Just click on the photos to take you to the tutorials!
1) DIY Hanging Magnetic Spice Rack or bead storage that hangs under the cabinet and so easy to make from magnetic knife racks:
2) DIY Modern Earring Hanger made from an old metal frame and a radiator grill sheet metal from the hardware store:
3) DIY Painted Glass Vases: These are made from craft store paint and cheap florist vases. You can use old bottles or mason jars too! I find vases at thrift stores for under a dollar! These vases go well with my turquoise bedroom makeover!
4) DIY Upcycle Thrift Store Findsinto something new with spray paint! These were all brass; the tall one was a lamp base! Notice I repainted the tray blue but I want more pantone “Dazzling Blue” to fit my decor so I must find the right color and repaint it again!
5) DIY Sweater Pillows Tutorials Don’t throw away your old sweaters for these cozy pillows made from old sweaters and even a rouched shirt:
6) Upcycled Garden Stakes made with old vases, cups , saucers and teapots: