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Measure child's waist and cut a ribbon 3x that measurement. Make a mark in the middle, this will be the center of the waistband. From that point, measure half the waist measurement on each side. Tie knots to mark end of waist.
Cut tulle strips twice the desired length. My daughter wears a 4T, and I used approx 30 strips of tulle to make her skirt. To attach to the waist band, fold tulle strip in half and form a loop under the ribbon. Pull the ends through the loop, forming a knot. Do this all the way to the knots on both sides of the ribbon/waistband.
Tie a few strands of curling ribbon around waist band for a little sparkle. Hot glue or sew (or pin!) a plastic sunflower to front waist. Skirt will tie around waist in the back.
Tip: I tie the ribbon around my thigh while tying the tulle. It keeps the ribbon in place and helps judge fullness.
For the headdress, we found orange with fall leaves at a dollar store. Any Halloween themed will do. Use the same curling ribbon and tulle as used in the skirt. Measure child's head and cut garland to size. Tie tulle and ribbons to the garland.
Wings can be made by shaping wire hangers or thin wire and covering with pantyhose. Or you can luck out like me and find them for $1 at the Dollar Tree! Pair with a dark shirt, tights and shoes!
By Laura from Columbus, OH
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Fairieworlds, which takes place not too far from my home. It is an all-ages art and music festival where everyone is encouraged to dress up, like a combination Renaissance Faire and ComiCon. Nearly everyone was dressed up, sometimes very elaborately and the idea of "fairie" was loosely interpreted. You might see a pirate or a little boy in a dinosaur costume or a cavewoman. Such fun people watching!
I put together this outfit from a dress I already had and maybe $10 of dollar store craft items. I felt very cute and comfortable the entire afternoon.
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The red sparkle freckles were applied by a friend but I have seen those plastic gems available in many places. Use eyelash glue to make sure they adhere well. None of mine fell off and some of the face gems were still on from the day before.
I bought 3 different artificial flowers at the Dollar Tree, in red and orange colors that went well with my dress. I also bought a package of butterfly ornaments in a similar color. I already had the floral wire, which was a copper color and relatively thick. I don't have the exact weight. If I were more skilled at attaching the artificial flowers, I think I could have made a crown without the underlying wire, but it was helpful as a guide for me.
I had intended to make my own wings like I did when I was a kid, using wire hangers and pantyhose. However, pantyhose is relatively difficult to purchase cheaply anymore, being unfashionable. At least, I didn't find it at my local dollar store or grocery store. And the wire hangers of my youth are not available anymore either, as the dry cleaners use the ones with a tube more often. So I altered a pair of wings that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. They were a bright lime green before I started in on them. I thought that would be more organic looking than a pink or purple color as a base.