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If you are looking for a quick and easy gift for a young girl's birthday or you have a little ballerina at home, you can greatly benefit from learning how to make your very own tutu skirt. There is actually a simple method that requires absolutely no sewing and takes less than thirty minutes. Once you learn how to make a tutu skirt, you can quickly and easily make many different tutus in a variety of colors, sizes and styles for your little ballerina.

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.

How to Make a Tutu Skirt

Once you have your tutu completed, your daughter, or your special little friend can enjoy it as a costume for Halloween, wear it to ballet class, practice dancing, or use it to play dress up. Thankfully, it is not complicated at all and there is absolutely no sewing required. You can certainly make more than one in just an hour or two.

To make your own tutu, you will need to use a durable material for the waist, such as an elastic waistband or a thick, strong ribbon. Make sure it is wide and strong enough to hold onto your little one's waist when she is moving around. You can secure the ribbon or elastic waistband using a hot glue gun and a knotted bow. You can also make the elastic waistband more durable by sewing the ends together using a needle and thread.

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).

The main material that is used to make a tutu is called tulle. Take your child's measurements and cut the tulle accordingly to fit your little girl. To make a nice full tutu, lay two strips of tulle on top of each other.

The slip knot is the most common technique for making tutu skirts. Fold your precut layer of tulle in half and then slide the folded side underneath your waistband or ribbon. Take the unfolded ends and put them through the loop and pull down on the ends to tighten your knot. Continue tying slip knots until you have filled your ribbon or elastic waistband. Make sure that you don't crimp the band and keep the knots even and very close together. For a tighter and fuller tutu, you don't want to leave any space in between the knots. If you do choose to leave some space in between, make sure that it is a very small gap and that it is even all the way around.

Once everything is secure and in place, you can add many different and beautiful decorations. You can buy various embellishments for your tutu that will make it unique. You can really get creative with the colors of tulle, bows, ribbons, lace, chiffon, beads, glitter, and a host of other deigns. One other option is to buy two different colors of tulle and alternate them around the band. When making a tutu skirt, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Now that you know how to make a tutu skirt you can easily make many more for your special little ballerina. Be creative and have fun!

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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