I know tutu wreaths are nothing new in the blogosphere, but I still think they’re pretty cute. When I first started thinking about baby shower decor I knew I wanted some sort of wreath I could hang at my house for the shower that could then go home for the baby’s nursery, which is decorated in hot pink and zebra. A tutu wreath seemed like a perfect fit.
Straw Wreath Form
Tulle (I used 86 yards)
1. Cover the wreath form with felt. I like to cut the felt in strips and then wrap it around the form securing the pieces with straight pins. Be sure to cut the felt narrow enough so that it doesn’t bunch as you go around the wreath form.
2. Cut the tulle to size. I used a piece of a cardboard box to ensure all of my pieces were the same. I simply wrapped the tulle around the cardboard and then cut one end of it. This ensured all of the tulle strips were the same size, which happened to be double the length of cardboard since I only made one cut.
3. After I had all of my pieces cut to size, I began adding them to my wreath form. I found that the simplest way to accomplish this was by finding the middle of the strip of tulle, folding it around the wreath form, then pulling the ends through tight and tying a knot to hold it in place. It sounds more complicated than it actually is.
4. After you finish with one color, alternate to your next color. I chose to use two colors, but you could certainly use more or only one. Totally up to you. I decided to not try to keep all the bands of color the same exact length, but to, instead, make a somewhat random pattern. If you want to keep the bands of color the same, I would recommend using a ruler rather than counting knots. I found that nine knots in pink didn’t match nine knots in black, and even my next set of nine pink knots didn’t match the first. I like random.
5. Finally, you’ll end up with a completely-covered wreath form! I decided to crinkle the tulle up a bit to make it look more like a little girl’s tutu, but you could totally straighten them out for longer tulle strips.
I’m making a lot of progress on my baby shower to-do list! Here’s my progress so far:
- Finish decorating, renovating, painting, unpacking, etc. our house. This is a priority No.1. Not all of the rooms have to be perfect, but the main areas of the house need to be presentable.
Plan a menu— See here.
- Coordinate pet sitters for the day of.
Craft a corsage for the guest of honor. Buy paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins.
- Purchase food.
Ask mother-in-law to help. Purchase balloonsfor outdoor decor and to alert friends and family where we live since this will be the first time most people have been to our house. Rent or DIY table linens. Rent/borrow extra tables. Rent/Purchase ice bucket and scoop.Don’t forget to buy ice on the day of the shower!
- DIY/Purchase decor. I’ve got some cute ideas! This is very nearly done.
- Do I have enough serving dishes for food? Rent/borrow/purchase extras, if needed.
Order invitations. Ask grandparents to address and mail out. Plan and coordinate games. I don’t want to do the typical baby shower games, so I’m thinking door prizes instead. Purchase favors.This is done! I bought these cuties and can’t wait for them to arrive. Decorate favor display stand.
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