Lets create a wonderful winter paper dress. This would make a beautiful display at a holiday party, an editorial style photo shoot, or a fabulous window display. Sure to add sophistication and style to whatever you desire.
This project only took 4-6 hours and cost me less than $10 to create. I used both new and recycled paper products to create this magnificent display dress.
Join me below to get started with the supplies you'll need.... Designing for a winter wonderland!!
Step 1: Supplies You Will Need
White Poster Board - 2 Sheets
Paper Towels - 1 Roll
Paper Napkins - 1 Pack of 150
Coffee Filters- 2 Packs of 100
Recycled packing papers assorted
Paper Twine - 1 Bundle
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks - 1 Full Bag Long Sticks
*** I only used the above supplies upon finishing the dress, despite the many supplies in the supply photo. I didn't end up needing all of the rest. More products can be used to increase density and volume.
Step 2: Trace Your Board
Draw a semi circle using 1/2 your waist measurement. I used a 12.5 inc round semi circle. Open the two boards and mirror the poster boards side by side.
Step 3: Prepare Your Ruffle Tiers
Open Your napkins and let them hang handkerchief style.
Step 4: Attach Your Napkin Tiers
Go ahead and attach your napkin bottom tier by gluing around the outer edge poster board.
Step 5: Cut Section for Draping
Draw lines around the boards and associate towards the center of the waistline.
Step 6: Skirt Pinning
Pin your skirt to a dressform or mannequin if possible to see placement. I used standard dressform pins to secure this piece.
Step 7: Add More Tiers
Add more napkin tiers in a brick pattern. Fill in closely 2" apart for full tier skirt. For more full reduce spacing size. For less full skirt, increase spacing to 4"+. Fill in from the bottom up.
Step 8: Add Paper Wrap Around Tie
Punch a hole in both sides of the front skirt edge with a pen. Insert the paper twine and tie it off. Wrap tie the skirt around the dressform or model and remove pins.
Step 9: Add Bottom Tier Skirt Layers
Open up and separate the coffee filters.
Cut in half.
Step 10: Glue Coffee Filter Tiers
Glue 1/2 coffee filters vertically on a paper towel and glue to the bottom of the skirt for added length if desired.
Step 11: Pin the Bustier
Use the scrap pieces from the skirt template cutout as a bra form.
Pin side by side, overlapping the middle section.
Step 12: Add Handkerchief Napkins
Add handkerchief napkins upside down and glue to bra-let. Work from one side to the other.
Step 13: Add Middle Section
Use a scrap piece of paper for the middle section gluing it to the bra section.
Step 14: Add Straps
Cut 2 rectangle pieces out of the recycled paper and glue on each side of the bra.
Step 15: Add Folded Coffee Filters
Add folded coffee filters for increased texture. Apply 2-3 layers in brick spacing pattern.
Step 16: Finish Details Center Bra Area
Add a piece of recycled glitter paper to the middle for some glam and a finished look.
Step 17: Add Back Ties
Punch holes in the top halter straps using a pen. Insert paper twine and bow tie to finish.
Punch holes in the center corset bra piece using a pen. Punch 3 holes vertically per side.
Insert paper twine and bow tie to finish.
Step 18: Finished Front Gown
Front + Details.
Step 19: Finished Side + Details
Side + Details
Step 20: Finished Back + Details
Finished back + details
Step 21: Thank You + Congrats!
Thank you for joining me creating today. Congrats!! You did it!!!