Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No Sew Tutu tutorial

The girls and I tried making some no sew tutu’s. I think it turned out quite charming.

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We got the idea from Julie on You Tube. Check out her short video by clicking on the picture.

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I did tweak her design a bit by making my sections of tulle around four inches wide. I found it easier to cut once I had folded it in half three times.

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I also made them much longer because I’m making them for my girls who are much bigger than the toddler size. I also couldn’t resist adding ribbon in between layers of tulle.

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Loved how it turned out. Once my daughter had it on she couldn’t stop dancing…

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And running and playing. I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch her to take it off. She’s having that much fun wearing it while pretending to be a dancing fairy Princess.

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Andrea of Love Monkey also has instructions for a different No-Sew Tutorial that she posted on Kiddley. Click on picture for the link.

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Make Them Yourself, also has a friendly no sew tutorial.

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So get to it. Start cranking out those fun tutu’s for your very own little princess. And don’t forget to have fun.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fairy Wings Tutorial

With Mid-Summers Eve and Fairy Day being only 2 days away the glitter if flowing freely at our home. I ventured out trying to find my girls some fairy wings and ended up with nothing after visiting four different party/costume stores. Soooooo we made our own.

I found them simple enough to do although the decorating took a while to finish.

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List of Supplies Needed:

4 wire coat hangers,

Duct Tape,

2 pair of tights or sheer toe nylons. Queen size works best and leaves for fuller, plumper wings. The wings shown here used a size B Nylon and the wings turned out a little bit skinner than I had originally imagined them. I’m now going to make an effort to look at the fun designs they often sell on holiday tights to see what marvelous wing designs they would make.

Modge Podge and paintbrush,

Glitter,

Not pictured but also needed,

1/2 inch wide elastic,

Safety Pin

Pliers for helping bend the wire.

Other items you could consider using are acrylic paints,

Flowers and the wire to wrap them,

Possible a glue gun if you don’t want to wrap your flowers with wire.

Extra embellishments for your wings, jewels, flowers, ribbon, leaves. Ohhh too much fun.

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Straighten all four hangers then twist the ends like shown.

Wrap a small piece of duct take around the ends to help hold them securely.

Shape your four pieces creating two identical but flipped top pieces and like-wise for the remaining two lower butterfly pieces. Sorry they are hard to see in the picture.

Using more duct tape attach a top piece to a bottom piece. Do not attach all four at once.

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Once those two pieces are together feed the leg of one tight or nylon over one of the frames. Cut the tights at appropriate length and then tie the ends.

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Repeat the process with the other wire frame. After you have covered all four frames use duct tape to secure both halves.

Hey, they are already starting to look like fairy wings. Now it’s time to decorate.

Paint stripes of Modge-Podge where you want the glitter pixie dust to adhere to your wings.

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Sprinkle on the glitter.

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Tap it off and enjoy the sparkles.

Want to try something different. Pull out your acrylic paints.

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Choose the dominant color you want featured and liberally apply it around the entire edges of all the wings.

Have your heavier concentration of color on the inside of the wing and work outward using finer strokes.

Experiment with layering colors… or paint veins.

Once again, your imagination is the limit.

Once the wings are dried. Measure 1/2 inch wide elastic in a figure 8 around shoulders of intended fairy child to get the right length.

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Secure the elastic in it’s shape with a safety pin.

Now attach the elastic to the side of the fairy wings that will touch the back with, can you guess? – Duct tape.

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I used colored matching duct tape and even though it looked fine it looks even better if you wire wrap some flowers of the middle of the wings.

That’s it, now your fairies are ready to fly.

And no one will be the wiser that you made them yourself.

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Now I’ve just got to make some wings for me. So I can fly with my girls.

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Here are some other similar sites with slightly different ways to make very similar wings.

Threadbanger has a fun You-tube tutorial for making your own wings. Click on the picture to catch the link.

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Wiki-How also has a How to Make Fairy wings article. Click on the picture to see their instructions.

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Enjoy dressing your little fairy.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father’s Day Fun

Father’s day is almost here and we are throwing out fun ideas for celebrating all those awesome Dad’s out there.

First of all personalizing your gift for dad is essential. So think about what Dad’s favorite hobbies happen to be then have fun.

Designer Kristine McKay created some fun gifts including this Mock Retro Bait Box you could make the special Dad in your life and includes free downloadable labels.

Kristine took a paper mache’ box she bought at Wal-Mart and filled old baby food jars with fun goodies like gummy worms, and Swedish fish. Perfect for the fisherman in your life. Click Here to see her Mock Bait Box as well as some other wonderful ideas and downloads.

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Head on over to Martha Stewart’s and she has some easy practical how-to’s on everything from car wash kits, golf T cupcakes, or even a do-it-yourself belt rack. See instructions HERE.

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She shows you some darling Shirt Cards. Want the folding instructions then head on over to Ink Paper Rubber for folding instructions. Dad’s Shirt Card HERE.

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Family Fun has some cute Father’s Dad craft and dessert ideas like this adorable ‘Want some Mower Cake’. See how=to’s HERE

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If crafting isn’t your thing come up with some fun ideas of your own. Make or buy a Tool- Belt or Garden Tote and instead of filling them with tools and bait try filling them with other items that speak to Dad’s favorite hobbies. For example fill the Tool belt with Car Wash supplies, or the newest Game, extra paddle, and batteries. If Dad like’s to grill fill the tool belt with BBQ tongs, his favorite Hot Sauce Marinade, Seasoning packs and even his favorite canned Beverage.

A small garden tote would be perfect to fill with a commute car kit for Dad. Include a car-freshener, new Music CD or Audio Book to listen too, coupons to his favorite Drive-thru Restaurant, etc.

Your imaginations the limit.

No matter what you do the most important thing is to tell your Dad that you love him, whether through card, letter, phone call or what-not. Don’t let the day pass without expressing your gratitude.

You can find more Father’s Day Ideas by clicking on these sites.

Kaboose

Mail Just 4 Me

Happy Holiday.