Halloween is absolutely my favorite day of the year. Having the monsters has only made my love for the day grow. This year, I decided I wanted to make the girls costumes. While Zoe’s is still a work in progress, Lea was easy since toddlers don’t generally have strong opinions on what they want to be yet. Since she started dance class this year, I knew I wanted to have something cute she could wear to class. I decided to make a tutu ghost. Tutus are so easy to make once you get the hang of it. I went to Walmart and got the supplies I needed.
I got four rolls of tulle, two black and two white. The tulle retails for $2.97 a roll at Walmart, but you can get it for much cheaper online if you are willing to be patient and wait for it to ship (I’m not!) I also got one pack of 1/2 inch elastic for the waist. I also picked up a plain white shirt for $3.00 and a black and orange puffy paint, each .97. This brought my total cost to just under $17.00.
I began by cutting a bunch of strips of tulle. I like the rolled tulle because it only involves me cutting once. Since I wanted this tutu a little more dramatic in length, each strip for Lea was 34″.
As far as the waist goes, I measured the elastic against a pair of pants she has and subtracted approximately one inch from that since the elastic stretches. Then I began making the tutu. I did three sections of white to every one section of black. To add fullness, I used two strips for every knot (the strips fold in half, so that means each knot has four pieces of tulle fullness.) I am linking a tutorial off YouTube for tutu novices since this particular video goes step by step into the tutu making process. I used my floor fan to hold the elastic while I knotted.
When I finished the tutu, I had used both rolls of white and one roll of the black bringing my actual cost down to $14.00. I then whipped out the puffy paint.
I used the paint to carefully draw on a “girly” ghost face on the tee and when I was done it looked like this:
I am very happy with my finished product.
I will post photos on actual Halloween of how Lea Monster looks, but let’s just say it’s adorable. The skirt is so full and puffy and goes about mid calf on her. You could adapt this project for really any costume! If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below!