Thursday, March 21, 2013

DIY Tutu - Saw It, Pinned It, Did It!

 I am so excited to be joining Stephanie and Katie for their weekly Saw It, Pinned It, Did It link-up! Tyler and I, and a group of friends, are running in a 5k this weekend. The race is at night and the runners are encouraged to dress up, since there's a costume contest after! So naturally, the girls decided on wearing tutus! :) I pinned this tutu the other day as a how-to and here we are! My friend Kara made her tutu last weekend and it turned out so cute! Off I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up the materials, which included neon tulle and ribbon! Kara had leftover glow in the dark puff paint, so I borrowed that for mine.

Step 1: Get material from your local craft store (I went to Hobby Lobby).
Step 2: Wrap the roll of tulle around cardboard, or other object. Make sure it's the size you want it, based on how short/long you want the tutu. I had this for another project I'm working on.. I just put the top end at my waist to see where the bottom hit on my leg, and it worked perfect.
Step 3: Remove from cardboard, or other object, and cut the top in half. If you're using more than one color, repeat steps 2 and 3 until all are cut.
This is what the end result looks like, after cutting the tulle.
Step 4: Cut your ribbon for around your waist. I was making 2 tutus, so I cut this entire roll in half, which worked/measured perfectly.
Step 5: Fold each tulle piece in half
Step 6: Place halved tulle piece under the ribbon, like above.
Step 7: Loop the bottom portion through the top 'hole' portion and pull down, like above. Think under-over and pull.
Step 8: Once pulled tightly, make sure there aren't any gaps between each piece of tulle. I used 4 pieces per color, you can add more or less - depending on how much of one color you want shown.
Step 9 {Optional}: I added neon ribbon randomly on the tutu, which is secured the same way the tulle is (steps 5-7). I also added the glow in the dark puff paint, so we will glow for our night run!
Voila! Finished product, which I'm beyond thrilled about! Love it and I can't wait to rock a tutu on Saturday night!

 Now, for the budget breakdown!
Pink and Blue Tulle - $4.99 each
Yellow and Purple Tulle - $3.99 each
Neon Yellow Ribbon (for waist) - $3.99
Pink and Yellow Ribbon - $1.99 each
Puff Paint - Borrowed
Tutu Total: $28.15

Not too shabby, considering the cheapest on on Etsy was $30, which didn't include tax or shipping. I had just missed the sale on tulle (it was half price last weekend), so this project could be much more cost effective! This would be a perfect project if you have a little girl or if you have a race that are "dressing up" for! The options are endless!

This was such a fun project to work on with Kara! Be sure to keep an eye out next week.. I'm sure there will be lots of pictures from our 5k! :) Oh, and if you're running in the Firefly Run, you know what we're wearing - so look for us!

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.
Linking up with Beautiful Mess and Keep Calm & Carry on.

Happy Thursday!



  1. SUPER CUTE!!! Ive made tutu's before, but had such a pain cutting the tulle, this is just brilliant to wrap it around something and cut all at once! *duh moment* haha

    Thanks for sharing! I love how yours turned out! Love the colors and the added pretties the puff paint gives it! ♥ (Had to pin)


  2. Oh this is perfect! I am doing the color run in a few weeks and this would work great!

    1. It would be PERFECT for that race!! It took less than an hour to make, too!!

  3. OMG I want to wear this too!! SO cute!!!! I love anything that involves tulle.. :)

    1. I love tulle too! And the extras can be used for bows on gift wrapping!!

  4. Super cute! And I totally want to wear it myself, ha!

  5. Cute! This is perfect for a little girl playing dress up :)

  6. SO cute!!! I'll be wearing that for no reason this summer at your house after a couple margs :) Love you!

    1. Bahahaha! I would love that and I'm totally holding you to it!! We're heating the pool this weekend so we can get out and get some sun NOW!! :) You and Chris need to come over.. Love you!!

  7. I love this so much! I am seriously going to make plain colored ones and wear them all the time!! :)

    Classy with a Kick

  8. Sooo adorable! Perfect 5k ensemble ;)

  9. This is a very pretty tutu! Learning how to make a tutu would be a great activity to have for my daughter's sleepover party next week! She and her friends can display their creativity and have a blast making beautiful tutus. My daughter loves glitter so I have to make sure I grab some along with the supplies you mentioned above. Thanks for the idea!

  10. How much tulle should I get while at the store?