Mini Mannequins

Love playing in Ideaworks and want to make your own fabulous fashion designs at home? Learn how to create a one-of-a-kind fiber art figurine using simple materials and scraps of fabrics.

What You Need: 

  • Bendable wire or pipe cleaners 
  • Wire cutters 
  • Scraps of fabric, yarn, string 
  • Glue (tacky glue or hot glue works best) 

What You Do: 

  1. Make a base to stabilize your mannequin. Cut a piece of wire at least 12” long and shape one half into a circle. Bend the remaining half in a 90-degree corner so it stands up straight when the circle is flat on the table.  
  2. Using another piece of wire or pipe cleaners, sculpt your mannequin. Look at your own body to see what shapes and proportions you need to make. Make a circle for the head, twist two pieces of wire around the body for legs and shape the ends into ovals for feet. How long are your arms compared to your torso? 
  3. When you’re finished sculpting your mannequin, wrap the top end of the wire base to your mannequin so the figure can stand on its own. 
  4. Now it’s time to get creative! Use scraps of fabric, yarn and string to design a fashionable outfit. Cut each piece of fabric into articles of clothing. Wrap and glue the corners around the mannequin to secure in place. 

Words to Use: 

  • Fiber Art: Making creative sculptures out of yarn, thread, rope, etc. 
  • Mannequin: A model of the human body, used to show clothes. 
  • Fashion Designer: Someone whose job is to design clothes. 
  • Proportion: A part of a number or an amount, considered in relation to the whole 

What to Talk About: 

  • Did you know that every culture around the world has their own fashion traditions? Pick a country and research their clothing trends. 
  • What do you think fashion designers do? What other jobs are in the fashion industry? 

Change It Up:  

  • 2D to 3D: Draw sketches first, then pick your favorite to create in 3dimensional form. 
  • Design a fashion collection. Make multiple figurines with a variety of outfits: tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories and more. 
  • Not into fashion? Try creating an animal sculpture. 

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Imagination 
  • Visual-Spatial Thinking 
  • Using Tools 
  • Career Exploration 

Curriculum Connections:
NC Standard Course of Study 

  • Visual Arts K.V.3. 1.V.3, 2.V.3, 3.V.3, 4.V.3, 5.V.3 
  • Mathematics NC.K.G.1, NC.K.G.5 

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