cupcakes & wishes. my two favorite things.

Royal Treatment for a Princess

on January 13, 2013

I have to say that Princess wishes for little girls are my favorite.  They allow me to run away with my imagination. 🙂

For my most recent Princess who wished to go to Disney World, I was inspired by our Team Walkstars Costumes.


Our shirts listed the names of wish kiddos that we worked on together. Anna, Sarah, Tyler, and Yoselin.

I decided that my wish kid and her little sister needed tutus to go with the tiaras and wands that we already had for them.

Lilly’s favorite Disney character is Minnie Mouse and her sister’s favorite is Princess Aurora.  Luckily, they sell Disney ribbon at Joann’s.  A little pricey ($5 I think?) but sooooo worth it.  I purchased a total of 4 yards of tulle to match the ribbon but I would suggest at least 5 yards.  These tutus were made for 4 year olds.  We used 10 yards for our grown up tutus.  It’s better to get too much tulle than not enough.  Each time we’ve made the grown-up tutus, we’ve had to go back to the store to get more.  And by “we” I mean we send Cortney’s husband, Randy, off to Joann’s. 🙂

Anywho, back to the matching ribbon and tulle.

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Cutting the tulle into little strips was always my LEAST favorite part of making tutus.  But Cortney found a much easier way of cutting it.

(you only need to follow steps 1 and 2)

The next step is to tie the ribbon so that it is tight across.  I tied mine between two chairs.  Then take a strip of tulle and fold it in half.  With the half way point/loop facing downwards, put the loose ends into the loop.


You will continue this with all of your strips of tulle. IMG_7156

Don’t bunch your tulle too tightly together at the beginning.  You want to make sure you have enough tulle for the entire length of the ribbon.  You can always bunch it together tighter later.  The more tulle you use, the more full/poofy your tutu will be.


Once you’ve tied on all of your tulle, that’s it!  All they have to do is tie it around their waist!  I’ve used elastic in the past to make tutus, but ribbon is much easier.  It’s a lot less work because you don’t really have to guess what size the person’s waist is.  All in all, this is a pretty inexpensive fun thing for little girls and they each took maybe an hour at the most to put together.

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Jasmine loved swishing her tutu around!


My co-volunteer, Linda, made a poster for us to bring to the airport.  It was a hit!  Lilly’s family loved it and asked us to save it for them when they got back from their trip.  IMG_7181It was also great because everyone in the airport knew where they were going and why they were there.  Strangers came up to talk to the girls to ask them about their trip and who they were going to meet.

*Photos provided with permission from the wish family.


One response to “Royal Treatment for a Princess

  1. […] I also made Mom one of our famous tutu’s. She even wore it during her interview with […]

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