MAKE: easy DIY princess costumes.
Do you have a toddler with a budding imagination?
It’s amazing to watch them grow and create stories and narratives in their heads. Sometimes, it means talking them down to reality. This challenge can range from, “No, there are no monsters under your bed,” to “Sorry, honey, your plane can’t really fly.” But it’s fun to encourage simple and sweet pretend play… and dress-up is perfect for that!
You may remember that last fall I made an interchangeable animal costume for my daughter. Well, it’s that time of year and I recently made my daughter some more dress up clothes. It’s fun to have these items around for play time but they will also serve double duty on Halloween. She can pick from any of her costumes and go out as one of them that evening.
I decided to make costumes with aprons this year. Aprons are easy for my daughter to put on and will slip over a coat if it’s chilly on Halloween! I purchased a cheap pack of seven toddler aprons on Amazon (link below) and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. I saw a few cute Disney princess apron costume ideas here, here and here and thought that approach would be fun with half of the aprons in the pack.
Side note: I’m not crazy about how princess-ified stuff geared towards toddler girls is these days. I love pink and glitter and sparkles… but princess culture can be a little much for me. While my daughter does chat about princesses, she also loves pretending to be a firefighter, pirate, pilot, astronaut or superhero, etc. I’m not sure how, but the remaining 3 aprons I have left will NOT be princesses. More on those costumes soon! Stay tuned.
I grabbed some felt, ribbon, trim and other sparkly do-dads to turn four aprons into no-sew princess costumes. I also bit off probably more than should have and made matching hair headbands. Because… why not?
Watch my rudimentary braiding skills (and crafting skills, for that matter!) in this week’s video. (and there’s more details and a printable list of supplies and instructions below for each princess)
If you wanted a quick overview and shopping list, check out the (printable!) instructions below. Please watch the video for more examples and instructions.
It’s been fun to play with these outfits with my daughter and I’m excited to see what she’s going to be for Halloween! Curious? Follow me on Instagram, I will probably share pics that night in my stories.
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General supply list:
- Toddler aprons
- Craft felt (various colors, depending on which princess)
- Ribbon (various colors, depending on which princess)
- Fabric glue (like OK to Wash It or Jewel-It, see notes below)
- Mod Podge Fabric formula
- Glue gun + sticks
- Optional: fabric paint OR craft paint + fabric medium
- Puffy paint
- Wide headbands
- Yarn (one skein per hairpiece)
Note about the glues I used: You may not need all of them! I’ve used Jewel-it or Gem-Tac in the past to glue rhinestones or sequins to projects. They work great because they dried crystal clear. (check out this sequined bag and rhinestone collar I made in the past.) The Ok to Wash It glue I used this time was fine for ribbon, trim and the rhinestones, but it did not seem to dry crystal clear for me when dry. I would use Jewel-It if I had to do this over. Fabric Mod Podge worked well for adhering glitter but I’m not sure if it would be ideal for attaching trim and fabric since it creates (for me) a stiffer feel when fabrics are dry, almost like oil cloth. You can see what I mean in this fabric covered clutch I made in the past.