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30
Jun

Tutu Table Skirt Tutorial

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Kirsten joined the competitive dance company last year and since then has become quite the little dancer. She loves dancing and everything about it. She just turned seven and I figured it was time to give her bedroom a little makeover. She has had the same (but adorable) owl-themed bedroom since she was about 2. It was time for a change. When I asked her what she would like for a theme for her new bedroom, it really was a no-brainer. Ballerinas of course! She recently had a Ballerina Birthday Party and the girls all made tutus of their very own. HERE is the tutorial we followed to make the tutus. I used that tutorial to make her an adorable tutu table skirt for her bedside table. It turned out adorable and it was so simple. It makes a great impact in the ballerina bedroom and looks fabulous.

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Here is the tutorial:

What You’ll Need

1 bedside table with a round table top – I’ll link to the one I purchased off Amazon at the bottom of this post
3 spools of tulle in different colors
1 roll of no-roll elastic
scissors
needle and thread
hot glue gun – optional

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How To Make It

1. Take your elastic out of the package and wrap it all the way around your round table until the ends touch. Take that measurement and then subtract about 2-3 inches so it will sit snugly on the table. Sew the elastic band.

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2. Place your elastic band around something so that the elastic sits snugly around it, and it’s not stretched out. This will be where you assemble your tutu. You can even assemble the tutu on the table if you wish.

3. Decide how long you want the length of your tutu. I decided I wanted my table skirt to be 7 inches long. That means that I need to cut my pieces of tulle 14 inches long because they will be folded in half to create a 7 inch length. I wrapped my pieces of tulle around a 7 inch cutting board once which made cutting easy and precise. Cut all 3 rolls of tulle into 14 inch (or whatever length you want) pieces.

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4. Now we’re ready to assemble the tutu. This method is going to differ from the regular tutu tutorial because I am going to wrap 3 pieces at the same time. Grab 3 pieces of tulle – 1 of each color – and even them up. Fold your bunch of tulle in half and pull it down through your elastic to make a loop at the bottom.

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5. Grab the top ends and pull them through the loop, looping over top the elastic band.

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6. Place your thumb where the knot will be and pull tight. Pull your thumb out and pull so that the tulle grips the elastic nicely without stretching it out. Don’t pull so tight that you stretch the elastic.

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7. Repeat this process until you have finished the tulle around the entire length of the tutu.

8. Place the tutu around the table and you can optionally use your hot glue gun and glue the tutu to the table if you don’t want it to be removed.

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17
Jun

Make Your Own Tutu Tutorial

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Kirsten’s seventh birthday was 2 weeks ago and we threw her an awesome ballerina birthday party. If you didn’t see the post, you can check out her party pictures HERE. For our craft, all the girls made their own tutus. It was super fun and the girls got to bring home a fun dress-up tutu of their very own. You could see just how proud they were that they made their own tutu too! I wanted to share with you guys the method I used to make the tutus.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

rolls of tulle – I used 3 rolls of 20 yard tulle to have 3 colors in the tutu
no roll elastic
scissors
tape measure
needle and thread

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HOW TO MAKE IT

1. First, unravel your no-roll elastic and place it around the waist of your child, making sure not to stretch the elastic. Take that measurement and then subtract 2-3 inches and cut the elastic. This will allow some stretch when putting on the tutu. Sew the ends of the elastic together. I did this step ahead of time to save time at the party. All the girls were Kirsten’s age, so I guesstimated their waist size compared to hers and went from there. This worked out really well!

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2. Next you’re going to want to cut your tulle. I gave each girl 60 pieces of tulle – 20 pieces of each colour. Decide how long you want your tutus to be. I decided to make 14 inch tutus. That means that each cut piece of tulle would have to be 28 inches long (because it is folded in half). Find something that is 14 inches long (I found something that was 7 inches long, so I wrapped the tulle around it two full times) and wrap the tulle around it and cut. This will ensure that all of your pieces are the same length. Continue this step until all of your tulle is cut. I also did this step before the party so the girls only had to worry about assembling their tutu.

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3. Now we need to assemble the tutu. Find a household item to place your elastic around. You want the elastic to sit on it nicely without stretching out too much. I used a plastic container. The girls used their pink baskets at the party.

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4. Take 1 piece of tulle and fold it in half. Pull the bottom loop underneath the elastic band. Make sure the ends are even at the top.

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5. Next, pull the 2 top ends over the elastic band and pull them through the bottom loop.

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6. Place your thumb at the loop and pull the ends tight until it grips your thumb. Pull out your thumb and pull tight to the elastic – but not so tight that the elastic band stretches – just tight enough to grip the elastic.

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7. Repeat these steps, alternating colours, until your elastic band is full. Slide the tulle knots together and fill in an empty spaces as needed. You want a nice full tutu.

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This is what the finished product looks like:

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Fluff up the tulle and let your little girl enjoy their new tutu. The girls were all able to make their own tutus within 1 hour.

Here’s Kirsten and her cousins with their tutus:

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07
May

kids craft: baby birdies in a nest

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Last Spring we were very lucky to have a mama and papa robin build a nest in our front yard and raise their babies there. This year our yard is full of robins, but I don’t think we got any nests. Kirsten really wanted to make a robin’s egg and nest craft. I think she was hoping that if she left it outside, it might lure them to our yard and convince them to build their nest here, lol. It didn’t work. But it did make for a super cute and fun craft! Here’s how we made it:

What You’ll Need

1 plastic disposable bowl
shredded brown paper
robin’s egg blue Easter eggs
googly eyes
orange cardstock
scissors
glue

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How To Make It

1. Pour glue over the inside of your plastic bowl and then line the bowl with brown shredded paper.

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2. Put some glue on the bottom of your Easter eggs and then place them in the paper nest.

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3. Using your scissors, slice some small diamonds out of the orange cardstock. Fold the diamonds in half and you have a beak. Glue the beaks on the birdies.

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4. Glue on some googly eyes. I sliced open the googly eye and just used the black inner circle. Kirsten used the whole googly eye. Either way looks great!

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Admire your masterpieces! They sure are adorable!

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15
Mar

pencil eraser rainbow painting

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and we like to celebrate with fun rainbow crafts and activities. This rainbow painting was really fun because we used the eraser at the end of a pencil to do our painting, instead of using a brush. These paintings were fun to make and the kids loved painting with something other than a brush – which is what we usually use.

What You’ll Need

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kids tempera craft paint
pencils with erasers on the end
canvas

How To Make It

Simply pour some paint in separate piles, and use your pencil eraser to stamp out a picture. Remember to use a new pencil eraser for each color so the colors don’t mix.

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Happy Crafting!

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05
Mar

Paper Plate Cat in the Hat Craft

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March 2nd was Read Across America Day and was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The kids and I made this paper plate Cat in the Hat craft on Sunday (March 2nd) in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and they loved it. Find out how to make it by visiting CBC Parents.

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