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I made an adorable little keepsake using scraps from my wedding dress! It was fairly simple to make and you can get the supplies on the cheap (well, minus the wedding dress I suppose).
- Fabric: I used the scraps of fabric leftover from having my wedding gown altered
- Card stock or thin cardboard
- Wood Plaque
- Matching or coordinating thread:
- Tiny flowers
- Paint and paint brush (optional)
Cut the card stock/board into the dress shape. The thinner the cardboard, the easier it will be to cut into shape (yeah, I know, I’m captain obvious). I cut mine into a shape similar to my wedding dress minus the spaghetti straps. I was not trying to get crazy with those scissors.
My step 2 was actually a double step as my wedding dress had two layers: a satin slip and a gauzy material with a tiny pleated-like-texture (I
am not very fashion/material savvy). I wanted my tiny dress to fit my tiny cardboard body like my actual dress fit my actual body. So, first I cut the satin in a rough approximation of the cardboard shape leaving enough of an edge to fold over, and then I glued it straight to the dress shape. The satin was kinda slippery, I had to pull it taut across the card stock and smooth out the wrinkles.
For the second piece of fabric, I cut it a little larger than the first because I wanted it to be a little more…um…billowy (do you describe dresses as billowy?) Anyway, I only glued the edges around the back letting the gauze be a looser overlay. When the glue was dry, I used a piece of thread to cinch it at the waist giving it the empire shape of my dress.
I painted my wood plaque with a chalky acrylic paint because I did not like the color of the wood with the color of my fabric. This part is totally customizable: paint or paint not, the choice is yours. After the paint dried, I glued my dress into the center of the plaque. I pressed down on it for a minute or so just to be double sure it was secure. Next, I added a few dried flowers from my wedding bouquet.
I also pressed the flowers down for about 45ish seconds in order to get them to dry at the desired angle. Since my flowers are so small, they look really awesome and are totally to scale with my little dress! I would suggest baby’s breath or whatever my flowers are…but I can’t remember the name of them. :-/
You can make this even if you don’t have any wedding dress scraps hanging around! It would make a cute craft for a nursery or little girl’s room too.
What do you think?
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