How to make a Long Tutu dress for under $5

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

Today’s blog post is a fun one! A do it yourself long tutu dress for any age! Jo’s birthday is coming up on Feb 12, and I wanted her to have something fun to wear without breaking the bank! And you all know how frugal I am. It’s super cheap and it’s very easy to make!

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I got all of my material from Walmart, but I am sure you can grab these items from any craft or fabric store. Total cost for this project was just under $5! So I would highly recommend creating your own versus buying one (they can be expensive). Plus there are endless amounts of colors to chose from! Creating something yourself even makes it that much more special ♡ Lets get started on this tutorial!

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Time: 30 min

What you will need:

  • tulle (I used 15 yards but you can use up to 30 yards depending on fullness you like)
  • 1/5 inch Elastic
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun or needle and thread
  • Tape measure

Directions:

  • With your tape measure, measure your daughters waist with an extra inch added. example: Jo’s waist is 19 inches long, and with an extra inch I got 20 inches.
  • With whatever measurement you came up with, cut the elastic that length. Then with your hot glue gun or needle and thread, close the elastic waist band with a half inch seam allowance. This creates the waist band for your tutu dress.

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  • Next, measure the height of your daughters legs, then with some simple math, times that by 2. Jo’s legs were 17 inches long, then I times it by 2 to get 34 inches. Whatever number you get, you are going to cut your tulle that long because you are going to fold the tulle in half and tie it to the waist band. I used 15 yards for Jo’s dress because I didn’t want it too full. but you can use up to 30 yards to have a big beautiful full dress.

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  • Next, you are going to fold each piece of tulle in half then fold a knot onto the elastic waist band. I ended up putting the elastic on the back of a children’s chair for easier assembly.

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  • Since I didn’t want to dress too full, I spaced each knot about 1 inch.

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  • Finish tying your tulle to your tutu dress and you are all done!

Since my tulle dress is not that full and somewhat see through, I had Jo wear white leggings, which I think looked super cute and comfy. Jovie loved her dress and did not want to take it off, so she wore it for the rest of the day ♡

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Hope you enjoy this simple tutorial, let me know if your tried it! Please like and share! And thanks for stopping by as always! xoxo

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Revisiting an old DIY Project: Jovie’s Play Kitchen Hack

Earlier this year I had been drooling over so many cute and creative DIY play kitchens while pinning on Pinterest one day, and since then, I had been dying to create one myself (for my daughter of course). I always wished I had a play kitchen growing up, but I am just as happy I get to customize one for Jovie. And it’s easy and inexpensive to customize.

I wanted to create a cute, bright, farmhouse inspired kitchen for her to explore her imagination and appreciate over the next few years.

I started my research on which play kitchen I wanted to update. I almost went with the Ikea play kitchen but figured it was a bit small for the price. I found one on Amazon for around the same price but almost a third bigger in size. I went with the KidKraft Play kitchen in espresso because it was the cheapest one on Amazon at $107 (at the time I bought this it was $107).

Supplies you’ll need:

  • KidKraft Kitchen (or any wooden kitchen)
  • Your choice of paint color in sample sizes (I chose the paint brand Behr in white and mint)
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Black sharpie
  • A ruler
  • Total time including assembly: 5 hours

*It’s very important to work on these two things before assembling the kitchen: the back splash, and the hardware.*

When the package arrived, it came in a slim box with a bunch of pieces, its pretty overwhelming. I found the back splash piece and the hardware pieces first, because it would be very difficult to paint these after the kitchen is already assembled. I spray painted the hardware gold and left it to dry for about 30 minutes. As for the backsplash, I painted it white, and with a ruler and black sharpie, drew on some subway tiles. After these two things are done, you are ready for assembling.

Jack helped me with the assembly of the kitchen (thank goodness), it took him about 2 hours to assemble. After that it was ready for paint, I decided to paint it with regular latex interior paint over spray painting it because I figured it would leave a nice clean finish. I went to the Home depot, chose a mint color and white color, and just ask the paint counter to make a couple samples for me. Paint samples are around $2-$3 each, so it is very inexpensive. I painted the whole kitchen white, and the trim a minty blue. While going with the whole farmhouse look, I knew the paint would chip, and it did, but it gave the kitchen that much more character. If you don’t want it to chip, then you can seal the paint with a small $5 can of polyurethane from your local hardware store.

After that, the kitchen is done! Now All you need to do is accessorize. I found some coral roses and sun flowers from Walmart, the jar and tin can are recycled, the “J” is from Michaels craft store and I just painted it brown, the cookware is Melissa & Doug, the play food is from Ikea, the Fruit basket from Daiso, and the coral towel is from Ross.

Jovie loves this little kitchen, I love it too. I think it goes well in our dining area and gives our home a touch of farmhouse style. Hope you all enjoyed this throwback DIY I did a couple months ago for Jovie, if you have any questions please let me know. Thank you and good luck!

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