Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dress-up for Less. A DIY Tiara and Wand Tute

My little girl is just barley 18 months old and already loving to dress up and pretend she's a princess.(groan) Along with this phase comes the need for a tiara and matching wand/scepter, of course! We had a cheapo set in the back of a closet somewhere that i had bought as a gift and had never given, so i gave them to her to play with and this was the result:

She LOVED them. So much so,in fact, that she wore them for an hour each time she played with them and would stop to admire the fluff on the crown. Unfortunately, because they were a dollar-store special, they broke after two days of toddler-love.  And so, that brings me to the subject of this post.

Since Baby Coupon loved these dress up items SO much, i decided to make her, her own, toddler-proof set. Luckily, everything i needed i had on hand and was able to create a matching tiara and wand set in the time it took her to take a nap :)

And since i believe sharing is caring, here's a tute(of sorts)

What you will need:

For the tiara/crown:
  •  Headband that fits your child's head
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Jewels of your choice(i used clear rhinestones,because that is what i had on hand)
For the wand/scepter
  • 10" long wooden dowel
  • ribbon matching the ribbon you are using for the crown
  • hot glue
  • ribbon(coordinating colors)
  • Jewels
To make the crown:
  1. Cover your headband in the ribbon of your choice(if you already like the color of your headband, you can skip this step) For my headband, it was pink, so i covered it in a 1" wide green patterned ribbon.

2. Cut you accessory ribbon down into 6, 5" strips for the large loops, and into 6, 3" strips for the small loops.

3. Make a loop with a 5" strip of ribbon and glue onto your headband

4. Continue like this all the way around the front of the headband until you have used all of your 5" strips of ribbon.

5. Make a loop with your 3" strip of ribbon and glue into place in between the larger loops(see photo below)

6. Glue your jewels around the base of  the headband .

7.Put it on your princess and "ooh" and "aw" :)

To make the wand/scepter:(sorry, no step by step pics for the wand)

  1. Measure out a piece of your 1" wide ribbon the length of your wooden dowel(mine was 10")
  2. Place a thin line of glue along the length of the dowel on one side
  3. Fold ribbon over, adhering it onto the dowel
  4. Place another thin line of glue, this time on the opposite side of the last line of glue
  5. Fold ribbon over so the the dowel is no longer visible
  6. Gather your coordinating ribbons, cut at different lengths.
  7. Place a dot of glue on the end of the dowel, and adhere a piece of ribbon to  the top of the dowel
  8. Repeat , alternating directions of the ribbon, until finished
  9. After you have adhered all of your ribbon pieces, put another dot of glue at the top of the dowel(now covered in ribbon) and adhere a jewel.
  10. If you would like your wand to have a bit more sparkle, adhere different sizes and shapes


Now you have successfully made your little one a one-of-a kind tiara and wand set.

Did you decide to make your daughter one of these sets? Show and tell please!! Comment or shoot me an email at Sarawenzel59@gmail.com

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