Coffee Filter Wedding Dress for Ariel
So after 3 days of playing with Ariel and Prince Eric, Mary noticed that the tissue wedding dress we created for Ariel was not quite holding up. As happy as I was to make it so quickly and pleased that it came out surprisingly beautiful... it was not very durable. My sister, Jen, mentioned that I could try to use a coffee filter next time because it may last longer. Great idea, coffee filter paper is very durable! If I could make this work, Mary could get really creative in designing different dresses for all her dolls. She could color on the filters, "tie-dye" them with water colors, or embellish with stick-on beads, stickers, glitter, etc. Here's how our first try came out....
I wasn't too thrilled with a short dress, but Mary liked it (and really that's what matters!) so I'm including the pictures...
The long wedding dress came out so nice :)
This dress is very durable and it's kind of hard to see in the pictures, but it has scalloped layers at the bottom thanks to the shape of the coffee filters... quite fancy and Mary LOVES it!!!
Colored Tissue Paper Dress for Belle
OK, so now I was curious to see how a colored tissue paper dress would look. My sweet little assistant Mary volunteered Belle to be our model. We chose red tissue paper and quickly got to work. The final touch was some sparkly white ribbon we wrapped around her waist... too cute! This is a really fun activity that takes virtually no time at all to put together, and the varieties are endless. Mary loved it and I hope you and your little girl will give it a try!!
Sep 5, 2011
Sep 1, 2011
Mary started PreK-4 last week and has been feeling shy about going into class. This doesn't come as a surprise to us after how hard the transition into preschool was last year. Today was an especially difficult day and it was tearing at my heart convincing her go when she so sadly begged to stay home with me and her little sister Angela. Mary really misses her best friend who moved away this summer, and told me she wished I was 4 so I could go to school with her and be her best friend... so sad!! :( After a phone call to Daddy and my promise to have something special for her after school today, she agreed to try to have a fun day.
Mary loves the Disney princesses and the princes just as much, so I got her Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid to complement her Ariel doll. She was THRILLED and couldn't wait to get him home so he and Ariel can have a wedding. OK, here's where the problem began... both of her Ariel dolls only came with the shell bikini top and mermaid tail that slides on and off- but no dress. She was so bummed because how could Ariel possibly marry Prince Eric in that?!?!!
I told her not to worry that I would take care of it. So I had to get creative. How could I make a wedding dress quickly and easily? Then it came to me - tissues... I could make it with some tissues and tape :) And that's exactly what I did... and it took just minutes!! She is so happy with the dress and was so excited to finally give Ariel and Prince Eric the wedding they deserved... and I think we may have to make this an ongoing craft. Why not, we always have tissues in the house and we can create all kinds of new dresses :)
PS - I love it with the purple top, however little Miss Mary says that the wedding dress should be ALL white!! :)