How to Make a Frozen Costume out of stuff laying around your house.
Gather the following items:
- A tutu dress. Blue if you can find it. Or any blue dress really. A tutu is just good because it’s ethereal looking.
- Something to wear under the tutu dress. We own tights. But I prefer leggings, because why run your dance tights when you can be barefoot?
- A cape. I made two of them, several months ago, when the theme was Red Riding Hood. We also had blue velveteen. Also, towels, scrap fabric or a tee shirt tied or safety pinned in front.
- A tiara or crown. You can make one out of aluminum foil, cardboard, pipe cleaners or a headband. Mix it up with antennas.
- A wand or sword. A spatula or other object that cannot be used as a weapon against the other princess.
Put all of it on your Frozen fan. Declare her Elsa or Anna (whatever color you used).
You can see that our costume is not anything like an exact movie replica. But it got the job done.
So, your grandma left you a box full of costume jewelry. It has no monetary value. But you love it. And it’s completely not your style. The earrings are clip-on. And the pins are weird and modern. When you try them on your coats you look ridiculous. What’s a crafty girl to do?
If she also left a random piece of pretty fabric, and a lamp with a rotted shade, you’re in luck.
How to Recover a Lampshade
- Remove the rotten lampshade fabric.
- Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover the lampshade. If the old fabric was intact, you can use it as a pattern. This was not the case with my lampshade. So I rolled the fabric around the frame wrong side out, marked the edges, and cut a seam allowance of three inches.
- Lay the fabric back on the frame and determine where you want the seam, mark it.
- Sew your seam.
- Place the fabric on the frame again.
- Fold the top edges down into the frame, trimming where necessary. Use clothes pins to secure the fabric.
- Sew the shade fabric to the top part of the frame.
- Flip the shade upside down and repeat steps 6 and 7.
- Begin attaching jewelry to the shade. I also used handkerchiefs.
Voila, grandmas costume jewelry is preserved for the next generation. Or at least until my children manage to sneak into the bedroom and play dress up with it.