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101 Uses For A Mannequin


If you enjoy finding other uses for mannequins – why not join our challenge group on Facebook? Here is the link –

  1. At Arms Length – perfect help for social distancing >> Keep You At Arms Length
  2. Bug Hotel (Click on image for tutorial) How to make a mannequin bug hotel
  3. Book Ends by Dawn Williamson
  4. Home Made Astronaut Home Made Astronaut
  5. Child Soldier Guarding Fridge of HeadsHalloween Ideas
  6. Typists Table by Cheryl Neve
  7. Aviation Show Display
  8. All hail Limby, Overseer of the Onions, Bird Scarer and Life Style Judger of those what congregate in groups of more than 1. Thanks Richard!
  9. Scarecrow to Protect the Pheasants
  10. Mannequin Head Handbag by Dawn Williamson Mannequin Head Handbag
  11. Sports Shop Window Display
  12. Soap Holder in Bathroom
  13. Climate Strike Kids
  14. Merchandise Display at Royal Windsor for Musto
  15. Shoe Display Shoe Shop Display
  16. Hungry Snowman Effect
  17. Torso Cabinet by Dawn Williamson
  18. Travel Buddies Travel Buddies
  19. Press Day Mannequins Press Day Mannequin Hire
  20. Dressing Table Jewellery BustDressing Table Jewellery Bust
  21. Wall Plaque by Dawn Williamson
  22. Wicked Witch of the East Legs by Dani Thompson
  23. Seasons Band – Getaway – Music Video – Shot at Mannakin
  24. A Drinks and Nibbles Bum Table (Thank you Sylvia)
  25. Bird box Bird Houses Mannequin Bird Box
  26. Baby Lamp Base by @mernpunk on Instagram
  27. Crash Test Dummy
  28. Elf on the shelf (life-size version) Elf on the Shelf
  29. Soap dish by sink for that all important hand washing
  30. Park your bicycle Park Your Bicycle
  31. Skateboarding Girls
  32. Dummy pin bowling Ten Pin Bowling
  33. Spirit Wrestlers / Little Typists Video
  34. Bare bum butler Bare Bum Butler
  35. Jewellery Display for Omerta Jewellery >>
  36.  Illuminated Torso 1 (Add Fairy lights inside) Mannequin Lamp
  37. Ghost Mannequin (Packshot Photography) Female Ghost Mannequin
  38. Dolls House (Crime Scene) Dolls House - Crime Scene
  39. Herbie Hancock – Rockit – Music Video
  40. Papier Mache Bust Project
  41. Illuminated Torso 2 (small strip light inside vs light bulb) Mannequin Lamp
  42. Halloween Surgery Mannequins at Halloween
  43. BBC Radio Nottingham PresenterBBC Radio Presenter
  44. Killer Whale Trainer (Dismaland) Dismaland
  45. Use as a base for sculpture
  46. Artist Mark Jenkins – an amazing use of mannequins
  47. Game of Thrones
  48. Casandra by Dawn Williamson
  49. Mannequin Leg Lampstand Mannequin Leg Lampstand
  50. Hold a TV Interview
  51. Store your Cosplay Outfit Cosplay Costume
  52. Life Drawing Life Art Drawing Classes
  53. Fake Dead Body –  used in our We’ve Found A Body Escape Room Game
  54. Baby Head Planter – follow @mernpunk on Instagram
  55. Ryan Roche Pop Up at Harrods
  56. A Friend for your Elephant
  57. Whiskey Distillery Drunkard
  58. Press Day Cyclist
  59. Carries Grave – Thank you Beth Wheatley
  60. Richard Wakefield Photography – Unique Backdrop
  61. Fake Pregnancy
  62. HOYS Display for Musto
  63. Shop Assistant
  64. Relieve Boredom When Shopping
  65. Hire a Van – Fill it with Mannequins
  66. Art Installation – Coming out of the trees
  67. Astronaut at the Science Museum London
  68. Head Planter by Sarah Mannequin Plant Pot
  69. ITV Set Design
  70. Operation Cue (1955) Featuring Mr & Mrs America
  71. Posh Scarecrows! Image from @Arable_Farmer on Twitter (thank you)
  72. DIY 25th Birthday Party – thank you Katy, Pete, Tim & Chrissie for images
  73. Hat Stand by Dawn Williamson
  74. Christmas Tree by Wijnand De Groot Mannequin Christmas Tree
  75. Sitting Bird Feeder by Myra Webb
  76. Dartboard by Dawn Williamson – just add lager and pork scratchings… Mannakin Dart Board
  77. Customers in a Restaurant – Social Gathering! Article >>
  78. Thanking the Bin Men during Lockdown – Thank you Roger & Dot!
  79. Mannakin Book Holder
  80. Cyborg for a charity Halloween event – thank you David for sending us this!
  81. Art Lamps by Melanie Winning Link >>
  82. Screaming Mandrake


In April 2020, we launched the hashtag #mannakin101 across social networks to procure 101 uses for a mannequin, a list compiled by us and our followers. Here we are with the latest list – in no particular order. Click here for an interesting range of mannequins – all available now for your ideas and projects. Or send us a challenge and we will give it a go!

Submit your idea to #mannakin101

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Research & Development Feb 20

When I set out on this bizzare task of recycling mannequins – I was interviewed in depth by one of the Dragons of the Den. The best advice he gave me was to find more ways to use mannequins.

In my latest attempt, artist Dawn Williamson and myself have made a stress busting game, that can happily sit in any office. Stay tuned for more news, but here are our first attempts.

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Mannequins For Sale

When searching for a mannequin to buy – what should you consider first? Here are our top 5 tips to help you decide how to purchase a mannequin.

1. What do you need a mannequin for?

There are a variety of mannequins available, from cheap and cheerful and fit for just a few uses to those that stand the test of time. Therefore, before you buy something – think about what you will need it to do. A cheap £30 job off the Internet probably comes with poor reviews and likely to end up in landfill within a month – might be good because it is cheap. But if you want your mannequin to have any kind of longevity, you are better off investing a bit more money (in some cases quite a lot) to ensure that the mannequin has the durability to be undressed and redressed month after month – even years.

2. When do you need the mannequin to arrive?

Most outlets provide the quick next day option – but if you want quality – you can be waiting for up to 3 months, depending on where the mannequin is being manufactured.

3. Which type should I choose?

This really depends on budget as the fuller bodies will cost more than the ‘body on a stick’. Once you actually start to look at all the types of mannequins – you will be suprised at just how many there are. Our mannequin hire catalogue is a good place to start, if only to learn about the different kinds.

4. Is there such a thing as a recycled mannequin?

Yes there is! Our ethos totally thrives on recycling mannequins and sustaining and keeping good the mannequins we (mainly) hire. But we also supply a fantastic range of ex-hire mannequins for sale. All mannequins are recycleable because of the nature of their raw material – it does not biodegrade. If you are throwing any mannequins out in the trash – best think again – just like we all are now with all our ‘rubbish’.

5. Where can I get the best advice about buying a mannequin?

Well if we didn’t say via our contact form then we would be lying through our teeth. We have years of experience and so many mannequins pass through our hands each week. We are always happy to chat and see where we can help you best.


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How Pop Up Shops Are Changing Retail

Retail needs an overhaul. I’ve been saying this for a while now. Like anything really – it all goes a bit stale until the next craze comes into play.

Aside from having a bricks and mortar shop – it was being online with a website that changed and is still changing retail. The traditional high streets are a mass of charity, phone and coffee shops. Once you know your high street, it is pretty much done and abandoned unless mundane tasks are the order of the day.

Pop up shops however are far more exciting. You can potentially leverage your planning skills into your own event that cements the relationship between physical shop, online presence and your tribe of customers.

We are totally geared up and dedicated to helping achieve these plans and of course our mannequins are very willing to help.

I’d like to compile a guide to creating a pop up shop. If you are a company or individual working in this field and would like to be included, please get in touch.

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Long Term Hire

Long Term Mannequin Hire

Have you got an environment that requires mannequins on a long term basis? Our ‘Club Mannakin’ package might just be the perfect thing for you.

Our package is suitable for shop windows, instore promotion and within showroom environments.

Requirements change and the mannequins you might hold or purchase now, might not be fit for requirements in the future.

Club Mannakin gives you access to a wide variety of mannequins for an annual fee of from £99 + vat for a full bodied renovated mannequin. Extra costs include shipping and a respray should you require it.

Please get in touch to find out more.