My little girls love playing ‘dress up’, they have an entire closet dedicated to costumes. Who needs clothes, when you can wear a tutu and cape?!! International spy one day, dinosaur the next, or my particular favorite – glamorous movie star veterinarian. If you give them the tools or props, their imaginations run wild with adventure. So when we received this Craft Bag from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores filled to the brim with kid friendly crafts and activities, they naturally gravitated towards the fairy princess costume set first.
The best part? They got to make this costume ON THEIR OWN.
I was able to watch and help with instructions when needed, but they made these outfits all by themselves!! It was awesome. And they have fast become my girl’s absolute favorite costumes to wear.
We Made It – Fairy Princess Costume
Skill Level: Kids Craft, age 5+
Time Needed: 1 hour
First, we received this lovely package in the mail. Talk about a kid’s dream come true. Filled to the brim with fun crafts and activities to keep my kids busy for a couple of weeks this Summer. That makes it a win / win in my book.
They quickly selected the Fairy Princess Costume set, which I was thrilled with. It satisfied the seamstress in me to see them choosing a craft that would provide them with a finished costume and help nurture a love for creating with fabric.
THE CREATIVITY PROCESS
First we made the wands. This was particularly fun for me, as we got to work with perler beads. The girls simply placed their dowels in the star, filled the wands with the beads, and I we cooked them in the oven at 350° for 20 – 30 minutes until the beads were melted.
I didn’t know how easy it would be for the beads to be removed from the star mold, but was surprised to find it peeled right off with no fuss. Was WAY easier than I expected. I need cake pans made with this stuff!
While the wands were cooking, we got to work on making the fairy princess tutu.
I was expecting a classic no-sew tulle tutu to be in the box, but was once again surprised to find pre-cut ribbon and a felt belt inside. The waistband was designed to be super easy for kids to work with, with pre-cut holes for the ribbons, eliminating any need for sizing or guessing. Furthermore, the ribbons for the tutu did not fray (as I was expecting), and had a nice curve to the upper middle to aid the kids in the tie-on process.
I thought I would have to help greatly with the tutu creation process (because that’s what we Moms do when crafting, we ‘help’…am I right?!! Lol), turns out – they didn’t need me. After a quick set of instructions in the beginning for how to tie on the ribbons, my girls were on their way. My 6 & 8 year old were both easily able to complete making their tutu in under 45 minutes.
I did give one pointer, letting them know that they could double up the ribbon when tying – instead of doing just one at a time. This helps create a fuller tutu, in a shorter amount of time.
Once they were done adding on the ribbon, I simply tied the elastic onto the back of the waistband and they were finished!
I think there is something to be said for completing a project on your own. The pride my kids took in making these costumes is something that cannot be replaced. They have worn the skirts around the house ever since, insisting that these tutus are proper Summer attire. And who am I to refuse? Lol. But I loved this project because it was more than just a craft. It was a lesson is making something with your hands and creating a usable end product. It was a lesson in taking pride and ownership over something you made, and of course having fun while doing it. And it was a lesson for ME as well, a reminder that I need to get my kids more involved in what I do every day, that they can and are capable.
After all, crafting is more fun when we do it together.