Tuesday Tutorial: Woodland Fairy Halo Headband

Ad

I think I’m in love with this halo! It is so pretty and fun. This is my niece, Jordyn, and she completely agrees. She had tons of fun playing and modeling this for me. She said she felt like a fairy queen.

Would you like to know how to make some of these for your own daughters, nieces, granddaughters or other little friends? Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

IMG_42106 yards 6″ Emerald Green Tulle

2 yard 6″ Lime Green Tulle

1 yard each 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in 4 colors of your choice (I used shocking pink, light pink, lavender, purple, and lime green)

6 Rolled Rosette Flowers that coordinate with your ribbon choices (I used hot pink, purple, lavender and light pink)

Round Headband Base of some sort (Mine is a bridal halo I got in the bridal section of a craft store a long time ago). If I didn’t have this, I could have easily used a 1/2″ zip tie or something similar.

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Step One:

Cut all of your tulle into about 4″ lengths, then cut those in half so you have two pieces, each 3″ wide. You should have a good size stack of 3″ X 4″ tulle pieces (I had a picture of this step, but I must have deleted it. Woops, sorry!). I’m guessing you’ll have about 140+ pieces. You may not use them all, depending on the size of your halo base, but you will use most.

Step Two:

Begin tying your tulle pieces to your round halo base. I tied a double knot so they won’t come undone.

IMG_4211Continue doing this until you have about 1.5″ left at the end. I tied 4-5 pieces of the emerald green, then 2 pieces of the lime.

IMG_4213

IMG_4215Step Three:

Tie your ribbon pieces into that small 1.5″ section you left open at the end. Then fill in any blank spaces with a bit of tulle.

IMG_4216Step Four:

Use your hot glue gun to attach three of your rolled rosette flowers over the ribbon tails.

IMG_4240

IMG_4241

Step Five:

Hot glue the other three rolled rosette flowers to three evenly spaced spots on your halo as shown below.

 

FullSizeRender

Step Six:

Now you just need to trim up your ends on the ribbon and shape/trim the tulle to your liking. I used a lighter to heat seal the ends of the grosgrain ribbon so that they will not fray.

And your done! I think your girls are going to love it! I know Jordyn does!

IMG_4323

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Throwback Thursday: No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu

http://www.alwaysunderpayblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JDiva3.jpg

This is a tutorial that first went up on the old blog back in April of 2012. This is still a super fun project, and my niece still has her tutu! She loves it. So, without further ado, here are the instructions on how to make this gorgeous beast!

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:

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/tutu-tutorial-002.jpg

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 $2.99 each!

Also, if you’re just dying to know how to make that matching hair piece, you can find the tutorial for that here.

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Tuesday Tutorial: Shabby Flower Bookmark

Shabby Flower Bookmark AdI don’t know about you, but around here we usually have a summer reading list for our kids to complete during summer break. Even if you don’t, reading is a great thing for kids to do during the summer. Especially when they’re complaining that they are bored or it’s too hot to go outside. Reading keeps kid’s minds active and helps them retain all that information they worked hard to learn over the school year.

What better way to encourage a young reader than with a sweet little bookmark like this? It’s fun to use, and super easy to make! We’re going to show you how to do just that today.

Materials Needed:

2 Shabby Flowers

2 Fabric Covered Centers or Other Center Embellishments

12″-15″ Length of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Glue Gun

1Step One:

Using your glue gun, hot glue one embellishment to the center of each of your shabby flowers as shown below.

2Step Two:

Hot glue one end of the 3/8″ ribbon to the backside of one of your flower embellishments like so.

3Step Three:

Now put a dob of hot glue in the center back of the same flower you’ve been working with like this:

4

Then, lay your other flower on top of that dob of glue sandwiching the ribbon between the two flowers.

016Step Four:

The pic didn’t turn out well on this part, but it’s easy. Just trim the ribbon to whatever length you desire, then use a lighter or other heat source to seal the end of the ribbon from fraying.

Voila! Wasn’t that simple? And it’s a cute little token to encourage your young reader this summer!

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Throwback Thursday: Patriotic Firecracker Bow Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 25, 2014. I was, and still am, super in love with this awesome bow!

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Finished.jpg

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)

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Materials.jpg

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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepOne.jpg

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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepTwo.jpg

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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepThree.jpg

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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepFour.jpg

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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepFive.jpg

tep 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.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepSix.jpg

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

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepSeven.jpg

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

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepEight.jpg

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

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/StepSeven.jpg

Thanks for joining us for this awesome Throwback Thursday Tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Throwback Thursday: Tied Ribbon Tutu Flip Flops Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 12, 2014. These flip flops would make a great little activity for girl’s camp, sleepovers, family reunions, birthday parties, etc. They are easy to make, and there is no hot glue to mess with!

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Finito.jpgMaterials Needed:
3 Colors 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon of Your Choice
3 Colors Tulle of Your Choice
Scissors
Flips Flops

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/materials.jpg**Note**On the ribbon and tulle, this is a great way to use up random bits that you don’t have enough of for anything else. I think I only used 6 strips of each color, if that, on each flip flop.

Step One:
Start by cutting about 6 strips of each color in both the ribbon and the tulle. I cut mine to about 6”, but you can cut to whatever length you feel is long enough to tie onto the straps.

Step Two:
Just start tying the strips onto your flip flop. I did my in a pattern, but it is really not necessary. I did red, white, and blue (in that order). And I alternated between red ribbon, white tulle, blue ribbon or red tulle, white ribbon, blue tulle.

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Step2.jpg

Step Three:
Keep tying ribbons onto your flip flop until you have each strap covered as much as pleases you. Now isn’t that pretty? … Lol it looks a bit of a hot mess right now, right :)?

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Step3.jpg

Step Four:
Trim all of your ribbons and tulle to a shorter, more tutu looking length. Whatever looks good to you works. This is looking lots better!

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Step4.jpg

Step Five:
Wear your snazzy new flip flops for school pride, parades, sleepovers, girls camp, whatever! Now weren’t those simple to make and crazy fun?  We have a large selection of cheap and affordable tulle.  You could even make these cute flip flops and make a matching tutu.  Then, your little girl could wear the flip flops to dance class.  How cute is that?

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/Finito.jpg

Thanks for joining us for this awesome Throwback Thursday Tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Loopy Ribbon Puff Clip

Isn’t this clip just too cute? I’m loving it! And it is very versatile. Any girl could wear this. Wouldn’t it be too cute as a pom-pom look for a cheerleader? You could even use school colors!

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip Ad

Materials Needed:

40-50 3″ strips of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (I used 45, 15 each in 3 different colors)

Ribbon Lined Alligator Clip (or any other clip/headband of your choosing)

String/Thread and Needle. My string was about 18″ long.

Lighter

Scrap Piece of Felt

Glue Gun

Scissors

Loopy Ribbon Puff ClipStep One:

Using the lighter, seal all of the edges on each end of the strips of ribbon you have cut. This takes a bit of time, but is worth it. It prevents the ribbon from fraying later.

This photo is a little blurry, and I may have burnt the edge a bit, lol, but you won’t see that later.

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 3

Step Two:

Thread your string through the needle, then tie a knot in the opposite end of the thread. Fold one of your ribbon strips in half and slide onto your needle as shown.

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 1

Step Three:

Slide the ribbon off the needle and onto your string. Continue to do this with each loop of ribbon. I slid them to the end of the string every few pieces so they wouldn’t get in my way.

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 4

 

 

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 5

Step Four:

Once you have all of the ribbon pieces on your string, push them all tight together at the end of the string like so.

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 6

Step Five:

Tie the two ends of your string together, then clip off the excess length of string. Or, you can sew all of the ribbons together by passing the needle and thread back and forth through the ribbons and then tying off. Since we are going to be securing this puff to a felt circle with hot glue, I didn’t feel that was necessary.

Loopy Ribbon Puff Clip9a

Step Six:

Using your scissors, cut a circle about 2″ in diameter out of your small piece of felt. It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle. No one will see it when anyone is wearing it 🙂

Then, squeeze a thin layer of hot glue over most of the circle.

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 10

Step Seven:

While the glue is still hot, quickly press the bottom of your loopy ribbon puff (the side with the string knot showing) flat onto the glue side of your felt circle. Hold firmly in place for about 15 seconds to be sure it attaches well.,

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 11

Step Eight:

Hot glue your lined alligator clip to the bottom of the felt circle. And your done! Easy Peasy!

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 12Do you want to win this clip? Just leave a comment on our Facebook post for this clip, and we’ll pick a winner on the morning of Tuesday, June 9th!

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!