Patriotic Firecracker Bow Tutorial

Patriotic Firecracker Bow DIY Tutorial

Finished

Materials Needed:
Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 3 colors in 3/8” solid and 2 colors in 7/8” polka dot)
Wire Garland of Your Choice
Glitter Tulle (or Regular Tulle)
Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip
Crystal Center Rhinestone Embellishment
String (I used crochet thread)
Scissors (not shown)
Needle and Thread (not Shown)
Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not Shown)
Lighter (Not Shown)

Materials

Step One:
Start cutting your tulle into 5-6 5” strips. Lay them down in a rotating asterisk kind of pattern as shown below. Then, gather them in the middle, wrap your string around the center, and tie it off to make a bow-looking shape. Clip off the extra ends of your string once you have it secured.

Set this piece aside for now. We’ll come back to it.

StepOne

Step Two:
Cut your ribbon into 5.5” lengths. Then, shape the ends of them how you want them to look and use the lighter to seal the ends from fraying. Don’t hold the lighter too close or too long. I set one of mine on fire! Lol.

StepTwo

Step Three:
Stack your ribbons in crisscross patterns on top of one another. Make sure they all intersect in the center. This is important for the next part. I stacked the smaller width ones on top. Otherwise you won’t see them behind the bigger ones.

Once you have them all stacked together, use your needle and thread to sew a tack stitch in the center to hold them together.

StepThree

Step Four:
Cut a couple of strands of your wire garland to about the same length of the ribbons. Add them to your ribbon stack and tack stitch them into your bow as well. Once you feel like everything is tacked together securely, tie the stitch off in the back and clip the needle and extra string away.

StepFour

Step Five:
Going back to your tied tulle piece. Pull each of your ends around and out and up and down until you have made a shape that pleases you for the bottom of your bow. Then, using your scissors, trim off the excess length and shape it a bit.

StepFive

Step Six:
Squeeze a good glob of glue on the center of your tulle piece where your string is, and place your ribbon piece in the center of the glue. Hold it together for about 30 seconds to let it bond a bit. . I didn’t get a picture of this part. Sorry.

StepSix

Step Seven:
Hot glue the crystal center embellishment to the center of the bow (this will hide all of the stitching uglies).

StepSeven

Step Eight:
Hot glue the lined double prong alligator clip to the back center of the tulle piece.

StepEight

Voila! A fantastic hair clip for your patriotic princess, and it can be customized in any colors you like!

Finished

 

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for our 4th of July GIVEAWAY! We’ll be giving away this Firecracker Bow, our Patriotic Headband, and our Patriotic Flip Flops!

Fairy Princess Birthday Party Ideas

Princess Party Costume Party Favor Idea

Every little girl dreams of either being a fairy or a princess.  Now you can throw her her very own girls only fair princess party.  Now you don’t have to pay a million bucks to make your daugther feel like a million bucks.  Throw her a one of a kind princess fairy party, and let the little girls play dress up.

Fairy Princess Tutu Wand Wing Set

For $5.20 (at the time of this posting), you could get a fairy wing (butterfly wing), fairy wand (butterfly wand), and a basic tutu.  Spending just over a little over $5 per girl for a princess birthday party is a pretty good deal.  There are a lot of fairy princess games you could play.  The wing and tutu set would count as the party favors.  Every little girl would go home happy and your wallet would thank us too!  The wings, wands, and tutus come in tons of different colors.  Red, hot pink, light pink, lavender, purple, white, etc.  Mixing and matching colors is fun too.  Pair a hot pink and lime green, or light pink and lavender, lime green and white.  The possibilities are truly endless when you dress-up with tutus.

Even though our tutus are cheap, the quality is fantastic.  The tulle used to manufacture our tutus is so soft.  Many boutiques buy our tutus to resell in their brick and mortar stores.  Our tutus are made in some of the same factories as many other brand name companies.  We have so many fun tutus in stock, waiting for your princess party.  We even have glitter ones with starts and hearts on them.  Oh, they are just so adorable.

So….What are you waiting for?  Visit our website today for all of your fairy princess needs.  If you need help, or have questions as to what is popular, please feel free to give us a call so we can help you get what you need to have a fantastic girls princess birthday party.

You won’t be disappointed as we have the best, cheapest every day low prices on tutus, wings, wands, etc.

 

 

Tutus, Tutu Skirts, Tulle Tutus, Princess Tutus, Fairy Tutus

Tutus oh my!

Oh, how we love tutus around here.  We have such a huge selection of tutus, there is a tutu to fit every whim and imagination.  Lots of people use our tutus to make their own creations to either keep or resell.  There are a lot of very creative ladies out there.  By far and away, our most popular tutu is our basic tutu.  The cost of a tu tu as of this writing is cheap, just $2.60 each.

TutusThese tutus go great over our leotards for dance class.  Dance recitals often use our tutus for their dances.  We just got in a bunch of new colors too.  Your little ballerina will look so darling in her ballet class with these basic tutus.  Dancewear has never been so affordable and we make purchasing easy in our online shop!  For your next dress rehearsal, please keep our tutus in mind.

We have red tutus, hot pink tutus, light pink tutus, dark pink tutus, orange tutus, yellow tutus, green tutus, blue tutus, lavender tutus, purple tutus, aqua tutus, royal blue tutus, navy blue tutus, brown tutus, black tutus, white tutus, silver tutus and ivory tutus for sale.

Selling our tutus at festivals, carnivals and for booster clubs is also a great idea.  You can make a good profit and increase team spirit with our tutus.  They are also a novelty item at fairs too.  Great party favors for your next princess party.

Next time you need wholesale tutus for dance classes be sure to give us a try!  Our tu tus are good quality and you will love them!

DIY: Patriotic Headband

Today I thought it would be fun to use our marabou boas for something besides dressing up our necks. You can cut the boas up and use them for embellishments on all sorts of crafts. I decided to use a white one for a headband embellishment.

4th of July HeadbandIsn’t that cute? Want to see how I did it?

You will need:

Scrap Piece of Navy Blue Tulle

Small cut off of a Marabou Boa Feather Boa (I think mine is about 5″)

Red Satin Lined Plastic Headband

Red 5 CM Crochet Flower

Some String

Something to embellish your center (rhinestone, button, etc.)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by taking your piece of marabou and folding it into a loop. Use the string to tie it together at the end.

Now cut a piece of your tulle whatever length you want it to be. I think mine ended up abourt 4.5″-5″ long. Pinch the center together and tie with the string. Now shape it how you like it and trim the ends with your scissors.

Take your headband and use your glue gun to run a bead of glue along the side where you want your marabou piece to lie. Then place your marabou loop on the glue and hold in place for a few seconds to make sure it stays. Be careful not to burn yourself–that marabou isn’t very thick!

Now take the tulle embellishment that you made and squeeze a dob of hot glue onto the back center. Adhere that piece to the bottom of your marabou loop. Don’t try to put the glue on the marabou piece. It is too wispy and will get glue everywhere (speaking from experience here :)).

Sorry for the white on white–it’s kind of hard to see. But I’m sure you get the idea.

Glue your crochet flower to the center of the tulle bow embellishment.

Now just glue your rhinestone or other embellishment in the center of your flower, and voila! You are done!

This is a super fun and patriotic hair accessory. Great for parades or wearing to family barbeques, picnics, firework shows, or just for fun!

Patriotic Headband

Isn’t this a fun baby headband?  It might be a little too big to be an infant headband, but would look just adorable on a toddler girl!

Thanks for visiting and come back for more fun craft ideas!

Tulle Bow

Today I’m going to teach you how to make this fun tulle bow. These are so easy and inexpensive, you could make one to match all of your little girl’s outfits!

Tulle Hairbow

You will Need:

Tulle Bow SuppliesTulle (This comes on our website on 6″X25′ rolls for $2.25 each!)

3/8 Grosgrain Ribbon for center (I probably used less than 2″)

Lined Alligator Clips (these are available on our website in double or single prong in lots of colors)

String

Small cardboard piece (This one is 5.5″ long and about 3.5″ wide–the width doesn’t really matter.)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by taking your tulle and wrapping it lengthwise around the cardboard. I wrapped mine all the way around 10 times. But I think may be a couple less might have been better :(

When you feel like you have enough tulle on there, cut both ends straight down the width of the tulle giving you a stack of squarish looking tulle pieces.

Now squish your tulle together in the middle and tie it up with string really tight.

Start fluffing out your tulle til you like the way it looks. Trim it up on each side if you have pieces that are sticking out or too long.

Glue your alligator clip to the back of your bow with the hot glue gun.

Now, to finish off this cuteness, glue a small piece of your grosgrain ribbon around the center of your bow to hide the string and just look cute. You can do this before you attach your clip or after. I find that if you do it after, it helps the clip stay in fine hair a little bit better.

Finished Tulle BowVoila–you have a fun and easy cute hair bow!  You can attach it to a baby headband, crochet headband, or just straight into the hair!  You could even attach glue it straight onto a tutu to add some more colors to the tutu.

 

Tutorial: How to Make a Tutu

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

Tutu Making Supplies

6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle(I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)

Scissors

Scrap Piece of Cardboard

Directions:

Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.50 each!

 

Have fun creating!  Let us know what you think!

Tulle Over 20% Off!

Tulle Sale!

To celebrate our new blog, we are putting our entire selection of tulle on sale at over 20% off the wholesale pricing!  Buy it now for $1.75.  Valid only on new orders placed.  Offer will be pulled on Friday 04/13/12 (unannounced time).

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Click the next link to get to our wholesale tulle when it isn’t on sale anymore.

New Tulle Colors

We just got in 4 beautiful new colors of tulle.  They are:

Ivory

Royal Blue

Turquoise

Light Blue

Wholesale TulleWe have a great selection of wholesale tulle perfecting for all sorts of crafts.  Normally when you think of tulle, you think of tutu making, hair accessories, cards, wedding decorations and more!  If you have been thinking about making your own tutu, then we have all of the supplies for you!

Come give us a visit at http://www.alwaysunderpay.com, see you in our shop!