Being a jewelry maker, I’m always looking for different ways to photograph my creations. I got this idea when I stumbled upon mini paper mache dress forms in the 2 for $3 section at Michaels.
For this project you will need:
Mini Paper Mache Dress Form
Mod Podge ( I used matte)
Printed Tissue ( I used a damask print, 5 12x12 sheets to a pack by Recollections also at Michaels)
Coordinating Trim and Paper Flowers
Cover your spool and dress form with Mod Podge; apply paper. When I’m working with tissue paper I like to “pre-scrunch” it since it’s likely to get wrinkly anyway. I find this keeps the wrinkles uniform. You can be exact and line up the patterns, or you can be me.
I trimmed the top of my spool with some leftover pom pom trim, hot glued two coordinating paper flowers to the top of the spool, glued the dress form on and DONE!
Now I have another little photo prop to use in my posts.
I fully admit to loving cheesy puns. I had so much fun with my script Tissue Paper and Mod Podge pumpkin that I knew I wanted to make another one. Having bought this cool key themed tissue paper at the same time, the SteampunKEY pumpkin was conceived.
Follow the same steps outlined in my earlier tutorial. I left the stem bare on the first one but since I knew I wanted to add keys etc. I wrapped this stem with copper wire and black and white baker’s twine. I looked in my stash and had some Tim Holtz gears and some little keys. My family members actually mail me the stuff they have no idea what to do with which is how I got the keys. Thanks Mumster (my mom for anyone who's new to my craziness)!
Here’s a closeup of the little copper gear I used:
And now my script paper covered pumpkin has a friend!
I’m finally getting around to some Fall projects. I’m a late bloomer. This is something that’s super easy and can stay out from Halloween through Thanksgiving. You will need:
Paper Mache Pumpkin (the one I used is about 6 inches across)
Tissue paper (I used 2 sheets, 12x12)
I started with a paper mache pumpkin I found on sale after season last year. I’ve seen them this year at Michaels, JoAnn’s etc.
On one of my recent Michaels trips, I discovered packs of Recollections printed tissue papers in the scrapbook paper aisle. They were $1.99 for a pack of 5 regular price.
For this project, I chose the script paper. This is a good project to do if you’re in a bad mood. Not saying that I was, just saying. Why? Because you get to scrunch and tear stuff! Tear all four edges of your papers first. Then:
Wad, scrunch, ball up your paper. Unwad, then tear into smaller pieces:
The reason you’ll want to have torn your edges first is that they blend better when podging.
Apply Mod Podge ( I used Matte Finish) to the back of your paper pieces, then apply your paper to the pumpkin. Since tissue paper is thin you don’t want to oversaturate but it’s also very forgiving and gets in the creases of the pumpkin unlike stiffer paper would.
I was conscious but not OCD about making sure the script was all going the same way.
In some spots, paper got layered making things more opaque, and in others it didn’t and I liked the effect of some of the naked pumpkin showing through.
Once you’ve got all of your paper on, coat with Mod Podge and just wait for it to dry. I’m working on another variation so check back soon.