Mannequins are seen at the Mannequin Madness retail store and warehouse in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Owner Judi Townsend, of Oakland, began the business of renting, selling, repairing and recycling mannequins in 2002, and now also rents an onsite photo studio. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

What can you do with a mannequin? Now, get your head out of the gutter. We’re talking perfectly wholesome craft projects using mannequins, dress forms or mannequin parts.

Here are a few ideas courtesy of Judi Townsend, owner of Mannequin Madness in Oakland, where she sells new and used mannequins to artists, theater groups, museums and more. Check out her blog for more DIY projects.

1) A dress form makes a sturdy canvas for an artful air garden. Weave succulents into the mesh of the shapely figure.

A dress holds succulents. (Courtesy Judi Townsend/Mannequin Madness)

A dress holds succulents. (Courtesy Judi Townsend/Mannequin Madness) 

2) Echos of “Goldfinger.” You won’t kill a mannequin if you paint it gold, coat it in exterior-grade clear finish and add a couple of decorative items. She makes a lovely garden ornament.

A mannequin rests in the garden. (Courtesy Judi Townsend/Mannequin Madness)

A mannequin rests in the garden. (Courtesy Judi Townsend/Mannequin Madness) 

3) Half torso, half Christmas tree!

A mannequin torso becomes a Christmas tree. (Courtesy Judi
Townsend/Mannequin Madness)

A mannequin torso becomes a Christmas tree. (Courtesy Judi<br />Townsend/Mannequin Madness) 

4) Paint one red and pose it dramatically in your backyard.

What’s that in the garden? A mannequin, of course. (Courtesy Judi
Townsend/Mannequin Madness)

What’s that in the garden? A mannequin, of course. (Courtesy Judi<br />Townsend/Mannequin Madness)

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