DIY Princess Tutu Dress

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Craft time! Do you know what’s almost here? *holds breath in excitement* Halloween!!! I love Halloween, and no surprise, so do my girls. My four year wants to be a princess this year, although she didn’t say a specific Disney princess or anything, just that she wanted to be a princess. So I thought, alright, let’s make you a cute costume. I do enjoy making these tutu’s. Normally it’s a skirt I make, but this time I thought I’d try the dress version. I think it turned out pretty darn good. *smiles*

Let’s get crafting!

DIY Princess Tutu Dress

(Note: These are the colors of Tulle I used. You can use whatever colors you wish. My four year old picked out the colors.)

1 – 6″ roll of Chunky Glitter Purple Tulle

1- 6″ roll of Matte Purple Tulle

2- 6″ rolls of Glimmer Pink Tulle

2- 6″ rolls of Chunky Glitter Pink Tulle

1- 6″ Tube Top Pink

Scissors

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First, I grabbed a small kids chair and used that to hold the Tube Top by placing it around the backrest. So much easier to tie the pieces of Tulle that way. Next, measure how long you want the dress to extend down. (I had my daughter stand there as I measured with the Tulle itself.) Now you are going to fold the Tulle in half to tie it to the Top, so make sure you measure it folded so it’s not too short. Cut your pieces of Tulle. I definitely went through about 1 1/2 rolls of Tulle (of the pink). FYI: If you make a longer dress, you might need more rolls of Tulle than I used.

Grab two pieces together (makes the dress a little more full), twist the ends a little (makes it easier to get through the little holes on the bottom of the Tube Top) and loop it through the bottom. Make sure you pull it through enough that it’s even in length, then tie into a knot. I rotated colors. Chunky Glitter Pink, Chunky Glitter Purple, Glimmer Pink, Chunky Glitter Pink, Matte Purple, Glimmer Pink, and repeat…(Of course, you can do whatever you like. *smiles*)

Go around the entire Tube Top tying your pieces of Tulle. Wah-lah! You have a dress. Now, the top might slide down if you don’t attach straps, plus straps made it look even more adorable.

I had my daughter try it on, and while she was wearing it, I attached the straps so they were placed properly. For the straps I used one piece of each color and put them together. Loop it from the back to the front and then tie in a knot. Then, carefully make a bow. I say carefully because it was kinda hard to tie the bow. *chuckles*

There you have it! Not much to it. Once I had the straps done, my daughter couldn’t contain her excitement. I’ve ordered a tiara, wand, and gloves, and then she’ll be ready for this Halloween as the best princess ever!

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I hope you liked this craft:) Can’t wait for Halloween.

Craft Time… Creating Love

My husband and I recently went on date night to see a movie and, well, I’d like to say dinner, but we got an appetizer instead. Mmm, the nachos were delicious. We enjoy going to Disney Springs (formally known as Downtown Disney, and I still think of it like that) and walking around, just enjoying the ambiance.

We saw Star Trek, which I thoroughly enjoyed, then headed to Splitsville Bowling for the nachos. Seriously, delicious nachos. You gotta try them sometime. Afterwards we walked around the new section recently added. It’s a whole new area of shops. They did a nice job of everything, but of course, I’m not surprised because Disney generally does. (I’m a fan, if you haven’t noticed 🙂 )

While walking around, I noticed a wonderful saying, that honestly I can’t believe I’ve never seen before, and fell in love.

♥ Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all. ♥  Quote by: Hans Christian Andersen

And seriously, isn’t that so true. Life is so beautiful. I know my life is and I couldn’t have asked for a better fairy tale. *chuckles* I even had a Cinderella themed wedding. So magical.

I love this saying so much I decided to create a sign for my wall in the living room near some of our family pictures. Now, keep in mind I’m not the world’s greatest crafter and the glue didn’t always cooperate, but I’m gonna share it with you. Because why not.

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Wooden sign for wall (Great title, right? *wink*)

– Piece of wood (any size)

– White Acrylic Paint (I also mixed it with Ultra Fine Glitter Paint-Ice Crystal)

– Paint Brush

– Letter Stencil

– Pencil

– Glue (I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic)

– Glitter (the color you desire)

– Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish

– Metal Sawtooth Picture Hanger (or Command Strip)

 

Note: Everything I used I had lying around the house. I didn’t have to go out and purchase anything. The best kind of way to do a craft when you really want to do it:)

First, I rummaged through the garage and found a piece of wood. Could it have been a little longer? Yeah, probably, but that’s all I had at the time. I painted the front and sides all white mixed with Ultra Fine Glitter Paint to give it a small extra glitter feel. I gave it three coats. So factor in drying time between each coat.

Next, I rummaged through my craft supplies and thankfully found a letter stencil, fancy kind too:) I transferred the saying onto the wood very carefully with a pencil. I did have to redo the bottom once because the words didn’t fit the first time. As you can see above, they almost didn’t fit the second time either. Yeah, a bigger piece of wood would’ve been very helpful, but I think it still turned out pretty decent.

Once the entire saying was written, I grabbed the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glue (which has a thin tip) and carefully traced each word separately. I obviously started with “life” and before I moved on to the next word, I grabbed my red glitter (because red to me symbolizes love) I sprinkled it generously on the word. I dumped all excess glitter onto a piece of paper (so I could put that extra back into the glitter container). I did each word one at a time like this. FYI, I added two pretty hearts just because.

Once completed, I let it sit to the side for a while to dry. After it was dry, I took a dry paint brush and brushed away any excess glitter surrounding the words, because yeah, just dumping it onto the paper didn’t take all of it away. Using the paint brush tidied it up really nice.

The last step, which I always do with all my crafts, was spray it with Krylon Low Odor Clear Finish to protect it. Then I let it dry overnight.

Today, I knew I didn’t have any Command Strips (which I love to use to hang things with), so I looked through the toolbox and found some Metal Sawtooth Picture Hangers. I used two of those on the back of the wood and hung it nicely on the wall. The picture above was taken with it hanging on the wall.

There you go! A nice easy way to create a wooden saying. Keep in mind a better glue with an even smaller tip (or even a different stencil) would have made it looking a little more prettier. I do like how this turned out overall.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!