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The Making of a Mosaic and Moss Mannequin

Making garden art is probably one of my favorite things to do. I find it so relaxing and when it’s done we get to add something new and intriguing in our garden. A few weeks back, we made ourselves this mosaic and moss mannequin with faux concrete paint effect. No-one believes me when I tell them that she was once a dirty, dusty, plastic, thrift store mannequin.

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The faux concrete paint effect is so easy to create and who doesn’t love a shapely mosaic and moss corset with lace-ups 😉 She even has a lovely succulicious choker to complete the look.

The moss mannequin wears a choker make from faux succulents to create a rich and eye catching display. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

So in today’s blog post, I wanted to share how we made her and how you can achieve that faux concrete look with a few craft paints and homemade texture paste.

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What you need for the moss mannequin

  • Moss
  • E6000 glue
  • Mosaic tiles and grout
  • Wheeled nipper
  • Green spray paint
  • Faux succulents
  • Garden twine
  • Plastic mannequin

The plastic mannequin we'll be using to create the garden art. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how the finished product turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

Amazon sells them, but in my humble opinion, they’re a bit pricy. My bestie found this one for me at a thrift store. Lucky me, so it’s probably worth it to shop around before buying online.

For the faux concrete paint effect:

  • Black and white craft paint
  • Burnt umber and green oil paint
  • Green spray paint (optional)
  • Cheap paintbrushes
  • Ice cream sticks
  • Texture paste

You can either make your own as I did by using this recipe and adding some fine sand or buy it from a craft shop.

RightyO, let’s start off by prepping that plastic mannequin for her makeover and giving her a luscious mosaic and moss corset.

Prepping the mannequin and making the mosaic and moss corset

Grab some 40 grit sandpaper and sand the mannequin all over to roughen her up 😀 Pay special attention to the areas where the texture paste will go; her legs, chest area, and neck. I’m hoping you can see in the piccy below the sanded bits versus the smooth, unsanded plastic. Sanding gives the texture paste something to cling to.

Sand the plastic mannequin with 40 grit sandpaper. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how the finished product turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

Spray the area where the corset will go with some green spray paint. It will help disguise any mossy gaps later.

Spray the are where the moss will go green. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how the finished product turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

Use a wheeled nipper to cut the mosaic tiles in half.

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Apply a strip of E6000 glue along the bottom edge of the corset and the top bust area and glue the mosaic tiles down.

Glue the mosaic tiles on to form the outline of the moss corset. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with paints. Full tutorial to make a moss mannequin and how to get the faux concrete look.

Once the glue dries, mix up some grout and apply between the tiles.

Mixing the grout for the moss mannequin. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how the finished product turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

Let the grout dry and wipe the excess off with a damp sponge or old tea towel.

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Apply a thick layer of E6000 and glue the moss down. Squish and push the moss down into the glue to make sure it sticks.

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E6000 is great for something like this. It’s waterproof and dries clear. We used the same technique when we made our Leprechaun shoe planter and she’s still going strong after standing outside for more than a year. When the glue dries, we can start turning the plastic bits into faux concrete.

How to create a faux concrete effect

Mix up a batch of homemade texture paste if you’re making your own and grab a few ice cream sticks. Apply the paste all over the neck, shoulders and leg area of the mannequin. Don’t worry too much about how you apply it, just slap it on and spread it out so all the bits are covered.

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Once the paste dries, about 10 minutes, mix up some black and white craft paint to make a light grey. Add a few drops of water to make it runny and apply all over the texture paste.

Mix up some black and white craft paint and "wash" the mannequin. The tutorial includes how to create a faux concrete effect with craft paint. Love how the finished product turned out. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

Add a drop of black paint to the light grey mix to darken it a bit and dry brush the darker grey over the first wash of lighter grey.

Dry brushing on layers of grey to create the faux concrete effect. #Fauxconcrete #painteffects #mossmannequin #DIYTutorial #mosseffects #gardenart #acraftymix #recyclegardenart

To dry brush, gently dip the tip of a dry paintbrush into the paint and wipe it on a paper towel or piece of fabric to remove some of the excess paint. You want to keep the tip of your paintbrush as “dry” as possible before painting over the lighter grey.

Aging the Faux Concrete Paint Effect

To create an aged effect, I used oil paints. I find that oils, especially the burnt umber, are richer than their acrylic or other water-based counterparts. But feel free to play around with water-based paints if you prefer. You’ll need two basic colors; burnt umber and sap green. If you’re using oils, mix the paint with thinners before applying the paint. If you’re using water-based paints, thin with water 😉 The paint needs to be runny to get a realistic effect.

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Dip an old paintbrush in the paint and turpentine mix (or water if you’re using acrylic craft paint) and while holding the mannequin upright, squish the paintbrush up against the neck area, so it runs down. You want gravity to do most of the work for you.

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Alternate between the burnt umber and the sap green and focus on the high points of the mannequin; the shoulder blades, the neck and the line between where the mosaic tiles join the legs.

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Oil paints mixed with thinners dries really quickly so if you find that you’ve added too much “aging” in an area, wipe it away with a clean, lint-free cloth before it dries.

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When you’re happy with the look glue a few faux succulents on the mosaic and moss mannequin and wind some twine around her neck to finish off.

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You can also add some lace-ups by gluing on a piece of twine.

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For that extra aged look, grate up some of the moss and glue bits on to her shoulders and a little around her neck.

A sprinkling of dried herbs will work too 😉

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What do you think?

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Would you say the moss mannequin was once a plastic thrift store find?

And would you create something similar to add to your garden art?

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If you do like the idea of making a moss mannequin for your garden, don’t forget to pin her for later.

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And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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Comments

  • Posted: October 3, 2019 11:32

    Maria

    I wish I kept my mannequin but when I moved I had no room for it! I covered mine with beads! I’m pinning your masterpiece.
    • Posted: October 3, 2019 11:45

      acraftymix

      Oh I would have loved to see your beaded mannequin. That sounds so decadently gorgeous Maria
  • Posted: September 19, 2019 23:20

    Alexandra

    This is really incredible! What a transformation, and such a cool one too! Pinned for inspiration.
    • Posted: September 20, 2019 05:01

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Alexandra 🤗
  • Posted: September 16, 2019 11:23

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    She's fabulous! You have your concrete technique down, looks so real. With your aged technique she looks like she's been there for a very long time. I bet you have the most unique and beautiful garden in South Africa! <3
    • Posted: September 16, 2019 12:24

      acraftymix

      😍 😍 😍 Our garden is real pretty. She took a little knock last year with all the water restrictions we had but she's slowly getting her garden mojo back again.
  • Posted: September 15, 2019 14:50

    Erin

    So beautiful. I would hang this in my garden anytime. Visiting from Donna's Salvaged Junk party
    • Posted: September 15, 2019 15:07

      acraftymix

      😍 Thanks so much, Erin. Donna's party is the best for finding amazing inspiration. I saw a few ideas there that I'm so going to try out
  • Posted: September 11, 2019 03:13

    Mary

    Michelle she looks like she has been in your garden longer than you have. Beautifully aged and such a sweet surprise for anyone who happens to be taking a stroll in your garden.
    • Posted: September 11, 2019 04:53

      acraftymix

      😃 LOL Mary, that's such a great compliment coz I've been in the garden for a loooooong time 😉
  • Posted: September 10, 2019 15:14

    Marie

    Seriously girl, my chin is down to my knees...yet again! I'm so blown away by your talent and creativity. ADORE this!
    • Posted: September 10, 2019 15:26

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thank you Marie 😘
  • Posted: September 9, 2019 15:49

    [email protected]

    How did you hang it in the garden? This is a beautiful piece of art!!!
    • Posted: September 9, 2019 16:10

      acraftymix

      Hi there, thank you and we added a piece of twine on her neck, there was already a hole there and hung her from a nail on our garden wall.
  • Posted: September 9, 2019 14:26

    Suzanne

    That's one gorgeous mannequin. Amazing job Mix
    • Posted: September 9, 2019 14:27

      acraftymix

      Thank you Suzanne, I had a lot of fun making her 😘
  • Posted: September 9, 2019 14:07

    Gail

    Stunning, Michelle! Quite creative and unique!
    • Posted: September 9, 2019 14:23

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Gail 💜

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