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We're taking the grandbabies to Breakfast with Santa next month so I decided they needed Christmas outfits to wear. For baby Harper I made this Candy Cane Elf Tutu. I made a diaper cover, elf stocking cap, and Mary Janes to complete the outfit.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I made a crochet headband for the top and attached white and red tulle to make the tutu. You can buy ready made crochet 6″ headbands from craft stores or on ebay for about $1 or so, but I decided it was faster to make my own. I used several FREE patterns for the accessories, the links are given, as well as directions for making the headband.

The total cost for this project was under $10. I've seen similar Tutus for sale online for over $20 plus more for the accessories. I have enough left over supplies for other Christmas projects.

2 skeins Caron Soft Yarn (I used the red with sparkle) $6.94

1 yard white tulle cut into strips 1.11

1 15 yd. spool tulle from Walmart (red w/glitter) 1.00

1 spool 1/8″ inch ribbon 1.14

Total $9.89

Crochet Head Band:

Size K hook

Yarn

Stiches:

Ch – chain

Sl St – slip stitch

SC – single crochet

This is made as a flat piece. The Ch does not count as your first stitch after the turn. Keep the edges even. When done sew the edges together with a tapestry needle and yarn to form a tube. Directions are given for 3 months, you can adjust by making a longer or shorter chain at the beginning.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Start: Chain 41,

Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, SC in each chain to the end, turn (40 SC)

Row 2: Ch 1, SC in same stitch and in every stitch across, turn (40 SC)

Repeat Row 2 until you have a 6″ wide strip. Fasten off, leaving enough yarn to stitch edges together.

Thread tapestry needle with yarn left when you fastened off. Holding both ends together stitch them together to form a tube.

Attach yarn to top of tube where you want shoulder straps. Chain 25, fasten off. Do this 4 times for 4 tie straps. This is optional.

Tutu:

Cut tulle into 12″ strips. If you are using wide tulle you will have to make strips that are 8″ wide and 12″ long.

Fold strip in half making a loop on top. Thread loop into a stitch. Fold loop forward and slip ends thru loop. Pull tight making a know. Continue around the band alternation colors. You can tie several strips of tulle to each stitch. The more tulle the fluffier the tutu will be.

For picture tutorial from The Heber Family click here!

You can decorate the Tutu by tying bows around it like I did.

Diaper Cover:

I used the FREE pattern on Ravelry by Elizabeth Alan. You must sign up to be able to download this FREE pattern. To do so click here!

Mary Janes:

I used the FREE pattern on Knotty Knotty Crochet. For pattern click here!

Elf Stocking Cap:

I used a FREE pattern from CherishedBliss.com. It gives directions for sizes newborn to 3T and older. I did make the end longer as instructed and used a tassel instead of a pom-pom. I will be attaching a Christmas bell by the tassel also. For FREE pattern click here!

Buy Tulle from Amazon.com

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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