Wednesday, September 01, 2010

French Mustard to Plus Size Dress Model

Have you ever noticed that squeeze bottles often have nice shapes?

Take for instances this French's Mustard bottle. Don't you love her plus-size curves? Why not transform her from a tacky yellow bottle to a fabulous French Dress Form!!


1 mustard bottle or other curvy bottle
1 flat candy tin (mine was Willy Wonka's Fruit Candies).
1 empty thread spool
book paper
Masking tape
Mod Podge
spray paint
hot glue


Cut the neck off the bottle.

Cover the hole with masking tape.

Tear up your book pages into enough small pieces to cover the mustard bottle.

Use Mod Podge to decoupage the entire bottle with book pages. Let it dry.

Glue the thread spool and can together. Spray paint them.

Wind thread around the spool again. Glue buttons around the base of the spool.

Glue your dress form to the top of the spool.

Simple, fun, and very cheap!!

By the way, this was my first project for Stashbusting September. Yes, I do really keep things like candy tins and thread spools hoping I can do something with them. The mustard just ran out. Of course I have tons of buttons and books for book pages, don't you?

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  1. I don't know how you keep coming up with amazing ideas! I would have seen that empty sauce bottle and thrown it in the recycling bin! You are a true artist.

    Best wishes,

  2. Oh my you are a creative one! Thanks for your kind words about my teacup clock, let me know if you end up making one for your MIL!

    love your guts

  3. So cute! What a great upcycle! I think I need to switch mustard brands. :)

  4. Love the transformation! I always thought that Picante sauce jars had nice curves too. I've been wanting to make a "dress" for the jars that I have, now seeing you make this is motivating me to make mine!

  5. Such a fun project...I think she's got great curves.

  6. Too cute! I need to try this! I've got the shape of a certain brand of powdered creamer. I just pull the detached arm of a felted sweater over it, set it on an old spool and call it 'me'.

  7. I love it! I have noticed it's womanly shape, but never even thought of doing that! It looks great :-)

  8. That is the coolest! I love the buttons on the base. What a genius upcycle! (You know I love a plastic bottle re-use!)

  9. What a cute idea. I love the shape of it and the use of the pages.

  10. Awesome! How did you ever think of that?!

    I so need to sign up for NetFlix! :) I loved Kitty and Levin together. I thought they were a great couple. Did you know that Tolstoy wrote Levin after himself, and that the struggles that Levin had are the same that he had in real life? I loved the book!

    Hope your having a great week!

  11. Melissa - You are so creative and talented! I'm going to try this as soon as the last squirt of mustard is used. :o)

    And thanks so much for your encouraging words this morning. You are a thoughtful friend and wonderful Mom. I'm heading over to check out the link you sent too. Hopefully, that will be just the key we need to unlock the Math block. Really and truly...thank you. Happy Thursday! :o)

    Larri at Seams Inspired

  12. too cute. although, dare i say it, for such a full figured woman she seems a big lacking in, top area???
    hehehehe ;0)

  13. I don;t know whether to be amazed or laugh myself silly. Very, very clever. Lisa~

  14. How stinkin' cute is that!?! Too fun!
    ~Clarissa @ A Little Stone House

  15. So so so cute and clever! I threw a bottle away yesterday that I can still salvage for this project, thanks for the inspiration. Love your idea! Thanks for being such a good friend to my blog, too. I appreciate it.

  16. Love it! It looks like me...LOL

  17. This is hilarious! I love it.

  18. Love that!! Way to recycle!

  19. I could not love this more!! I've been looking for something just like this for my sewing room, and the cute ones are so stinkin high, but this OH, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  20. Ha! Congrats! I just saw this reposted on FB by Amy @ Mod Podge! Love it!

  21. That is such a cute idea!

  22. Very cute and creative! It turned out so nice!

  23. What a great idea! I'll never look at a mustard bottle the same way lol.

  24. That is an amazing transformation! I would have never thought of that. Great job :) I found you via Stashbusting September.

  25. 'K! That is so stinkin cute that I had to run to the fridge to see what kind of mustard hubby just bought! *LOL* Lucky me - it's French's. Now when it's empty I can fill my love for dress forms and make one out of the bottle. Thanks for the fab idea!

  26. Cool! I never noticed that mustard had that shape- good eye!

  27. Awesome use of that mustard bottle - very cool

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  28. you clever girl. that is one voluptuous mustard bottle you have there. love it!

  29. Melissa, you have outdone yourself! Who else but you could have seen beauty in a condiment bottle. LOL

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me for one, or all three, of my parties each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  30. What a little ingenuity can do! I think I should buy stocks in French's!

  31. This is really cool!