Ballard Inspired Paper Dress11:03 AM
I was searching through blogs on my snowday, trying to find something to do with my time. I found a post at Krafty Kat about a newspaper dress print in their Ballard Design's catalog that they recreated. Well, I decided to recreate their recreation. Okay so this is a horrible picture of mine....
Mine looks a whole lot better in person just let me tell you that much! So here's MY instructions and tips for making one of these cute little paper dresses:
- Newspaper (Make sure there's a section with just straight up words)
- Old book or anything with yellowed pages
- Spray Adhesive
- Frame or stand
- Surface to apply dress to (Paper, canvas, etc.)
- Dark marker (not pictured)
- Cut out the pieces. I have no template, so you'll just have to freehand. You'll need: Two sleeves out of a bodice, and four pleats (only three pictured), out of the old book. Out of the newspaper: a skirt, an O (not pictured), two triangles for the collar, and a dark strip for a belt. You'll also need a strip to go down the middle of the bodice. I made mine out of the old book, but Krafty Kat made hers out of something dark.
- Glue it! I started at my skirt and placed the four pleats on it. I then moved up the the bodice, first placing the strip down the middle and then the collar. I attached the belt just to the bodice, leaving a lip on the bottom, and the O to the center of the belt. Then I drew on the buttons at this point. I attached the skirt to the belt and bodice. I glued the dress to my paper which was just the insert from the frame I used. I lastly glued the sleeves to the paper, right up close to the dress. TIP: If you're using spray glue, enough is too much! Paper is so delicate that it soaks up the glue and you end up with a big oil stain. Hold the bottle FAR away or you'll end up with this:
|Here's my dress! Ignore the mess and the glue on the frame from the price tag..|
|Here's Krafty Kat's gorgeous table!|
|Here's the picture she found from the catalog|