In my version, I have used an old red bra that has been worn out (but I can bring myself to throw out!), some fabric petals from clearance from LAST year’s Valentine’s Day, and some glue.
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Step 1: Materials and Step 1
- An old bra (Free, I know you have one!)
- Fabric Petals ($-cheap at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc.)
- Glue of your choice. I used E-6000 because its fabric & washer friendly
- **Hot glue would also work, I just wanted to try this new glue to see if it held up as well!**
- Optional: Styrofoam sphere, melon, something spherical to work on!
Assemble all of your materials, you will want to have everything prepped and ready to use when you sit down to make this. You may want to put some paper towels or plates nearby to keep the petals on a clean surface. I recommend handling all of the petals before you start gluing, as they seem to stick to each other. Also, pull out any petals that are less than pretty, you should have plenty! I happened to have a decent sized Styrofoam ball around I didn’t get to use yet, and used that as a fake boob to fill out the bra while working on it. This helps keep the shape of the bra true to how it will fill out when it is actually on. You could use whatever else is comparable to your size. Or just use some paper or something to try and stuff it out a little. You are creative, you’ll think of something!
Step 2: Step Two - Glue
Start gluing! You are going to be doing one side at a time, so pick a side and arrange it so you can see it well. Starting from the top corner, where the bra meets the strap, apply a little glue and your first petal. Then, work your way down making sure to scatter the dots of glue to create that mermaid scale ish look. Depending on the type of glue you use, you may have some wiggle room for dry time, and you may be able to put a few drops of glue down at once. Obviously with a hot glue gun you cant.
After the first few layers of petals are on, you may find it easier to flip the cup upside down for easier petal placement. ( See pic 3 )
Step 3: Step Three - Dry!
Dry! After you’ve worked your way through one side, you may need to let it sit. If you are using hot glue, you can proceed to the next cup. If you used the E-6000, I suggest letting it dry for a few hours or overnight. Once it is completely dried, brush your hand over the petals in various directions to see if any are loose or did not adhere. Touch up any petals as needed.
Step 4: Enjoy!
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