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Star Wars: DIY Han Solo Halloween Costume

Star Wars Halloween Costume (36)Do your kids (and Husband) LOVE Star Wars? Z & Lovely are obsessed!

For Halloween Z asked to be Darth Vader, which meant Lovely also wanted to be Darth Vader, I though this was uber adorable, until Z decided there was NO WAY in God’s green earth he was going to be the SAME costume as his little sister!  Which meant we were back at the drawing board… Until I decided to mix it up a little.  After convincing Z it was OK to have the SAME costume as his sister, I convinced Lovely we could doll up her costume with w little glitter, pink and tutus…  Who does not LOVE a Pink, Glittered Darth Vader?!?!

After the kids were assigned Darth Vader and Hot Pink Darth Vader, Hubby and I quickly decided a Han Solo and Princess Leia costume were in stored for us.

DIY Instructions for a Han Solo Costume…

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As a girl who knows virtually nothing about Star Wars (I needed to ask Z if it was Star War or Star Wars for these posts!), I placed Hubby’s Han Solo Costume into his own hands.  I think he did a pretty good job!  

Lily & Frog Materials:

  • Black vest
  • Tan Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Navy Pants

Lily & Frog Instructions:

I felt sewing and designing myself a vest, pants, and long sleeve shirt was a little above my paygrade.  I asked Hubby to research what he would like to wear for the costume.  He did not like the costumes made from the stores, so we decided to purchase the individual items of clothing and use what we had here.

1. Vest:  Andrew found this vest on Amazon.com and worked our pretty well for his needs for the costume, sometimes he even wears now when working in the yard

Star Wars Halloween Costume (54)2. Long Sleeve Shirt:  Another Amazon.com purchase which Hubby really likes…  We did not really intend to purchase items for his costume, but it worked out well

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3. Navy pants with red stripe down side:  I never even noticed there was a red stripe down the side of Han Solo’s pants, but I also never really watched a Star Wars Movie before, lol.  Hubby decided to wear his Navy work pants and for-go the red stripe on pants.  We did not want to red electrical tap or anything else on his pants and risk ruining them.

4. Final items: Hubby wore his black work boots and carried one of the kid’s light sabers for effect…  Yes, he was called out by EVERY KID he saw!  Never noticed Han Solo didn’t use a light saber, he used a gun!  Did you ever notice that??  And his beard…  Han Solo does not have a beard, Hubby debated shaving his beard for Halloween, but we agrees it was not worth it for just one night.  He and I both really like his beard – the beard stayed!

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I L-O-V-E this costume…  We make one adorable Star Wars Family!


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Star Wars: DIY Princess Leia Halloween Costume

Star Wars Halloween Costume (36)Do your kids (and Husband) LOVE Star Wars? Z & Lovely are obsessed!

For Halloween Z asked to be Darth Vader, which meant Lovely also wanted to be Darth Vader, I though this was uber adorable, until Z decided there was NO WAY in God’s green earth he was going to be the SAME costume as his little sister!  Which meant we were back at the drawing board… Until I decided to mix it up a little.  After convincing Z it was OK to have the SAME costume as his sister, I convinced Lovely we could doll up her costume with w little glitter, pink and tutus…  Who does not LOVE a Pink, Glittered Darth Vader?!?!

After the kids were assigned Darth Vader and Hot Pink Darth Vader, Hubby and I quickly decided a Hans Solo and Princess Leia costume were in stored for us.

Before we even start, I’ll put it out there…  You should probably know, I went a little Gone with the Wind on this dress.  I made the dress from an old set of White Curtains from the kid’s bedrooms.  If the kids are not going to use them, I will!

DIY Instructions for a Princess Leia Costume…

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As a girl who knows virtually nothing about Star Wars (I needed to ask Z if it was Star War or Star Wars for these posts!), I needed the Princess Leia costume which made me feel comfortable in my own skin. I also learned from my Lucy Wilde Costume, NOT to wear 4in heels while Trick-or-Treating… We all make errors in judgement, it happens… I was not about to do that again! Also, I was not about to wear the bikini outfit version of Princess Leia, I’m totally not comfortable enough with me, to be able to pull off that ensemble, major point to you for being able to wear it, I’m so proud of you (and slightly jealous), but it isn’t for this Mama. I decided to go with my own version of the white dress and silver belt she wears. I found a few different designs and tutorials on Pinerest, then decided to wing-it… As I do just about everything in life!Star Wars Halloween Costume (2)

Lily & Frog Materials:

  • 3 Yards White Fabric or so
  • 1/4 yard grey flannel fabric
  • Silver glitter iron on Vinyl
  • white glitter iron on Vinyl
  • snaps

Lily & Frog Instructions: I know, I know… I should have used a real pattern, but I decided to work from a dress in my closet which I LOVE. With that in mind…  

  • None of my measurements are perfect, I’m sorry in advance.
  • I winged-it… nothing about this dress is prefect, but it was perfect for One Halloween night of Trick-or-Treating
  • Remember…  I went all Gone with the Wind on this dress and made it from white curtains!

I rummaged through my closet to find one of my favorite fitting dresses (my mistake was reaching for a stretchy fabric dress and using flannel for the costume… 2 completely different fits).

1. Length: I measured from my collar bone to just below knees (on me, this was 1 yard), this is how long I wanted my dress to be. Want a longer dress? Simply make it a little longer for example, you can make this a long white Princess Leia dress as well.

2. Create the Dress: Fold 2 yards of the white fabric in half, so the manufacturer’s finished edge is touching(when you buy the fabric, you will see it folded along the center). Fold the fabric in half again, in the opposite direction. The white fabric will now be laying in rectangle shaped quarters.

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Lay the dress carefully, centered along the main fold of the white flannel fabric, scooted it into the fabric about 1/4 inch for a little extra breathing room. Draw an outline of the dress by tracing along the outside of the dress (not the arms) and allowing for ½ in seam allowance. If you are using a T-Shirt are a pattern, from the armhole draw a line with a slight arch to create the length of the dress. Cut through all layers of fabric to create the front and back of dress.

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3. All Arms: Use the remaining 1 yard of white fabric. fold the fabric with the manufacturer’s finished edge is touching (when you buy the fabric, you will see it folded along the center). Fold the fabric in half again in the same direction. Lay top edge of the sleeve along the 2 folds in white fabric, trace along the outline of the arm, allowing for 1/2in seam allowance. Cut through all layers of fabric to create the 2 arms.

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4. Start Sewing: Place the front and back dress pieced, right sides together. Pin and sew together the shoulders and Star Wars Halloween Costume (2)repeat along the length of the dress.

Sew the Sleeve: Fold one sleeve in half with the right sides together, pining along the longest side of the sleeve, this is the under side of the sleeve. Sew along the under side of the sleeve. Repeat with the other sleeve. Determine how long you would like the sleeve to be… in my case, I measured from my shoulder to the ends of my fingers. On the sleeve, I made the same measurment, folded in the excess fabric and sewed a ¼ in hem on each sleeve.

Attach the Sleeve: Once each sleeve is sown and the dress is sown together it is time to sew the arms on. Flip the sleeves right side out. Pull one sleeve through the inside of the dress, attaching to the open armhole, lining up the under arm seam and shoulder seam, pin into place all the way around. Sew the sleeve into place. Repeat with the other arm.

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Length of Sleeve:  Determine the length of your sleeve.  Similarly to length of the dress, I measured from the top of my shoulder to the knuckle because I wanted a longer sleeve.  Fold over wrong side to wrong side, pin into place, sewing into place by stitching a straight stitch ½in in from the edge.

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This is when I tried on the dress to make sure it would fit… And I realized the neckline was going to fray and I may be cold, Brrrrrr… because wearing a curtain is only something a Crazy Lady like Scarlett O’Hara and ME would do!  I decided to cut out and sew lining to the inside of the dress.

5.  Create a lining: For the lining, fold the white fabric in half, so the manufacturer’s finished edge is touching (when you buy the fabric, you will see it folded along the center). Fold the fabric in half again, in the opposite direction. Just as you did for the dress. Fold the cut dress in half, and lay the folded dress on the white fabric, lining up the folds. Trace along the neckline to the shoulder edge, move cut dress out of the way, and trace line to give you about a 3 in wide neckline lining. Cut through all layers of fabric to create the front and back lining.

Sew Lining: Sew front and back neckline lining on the short edges (shoulders). With right sides together, line the seam of the shoulder with the seam of the shoulder lining together. Pin along the neckline and sew together along the neckline as well. Due to this arch od the neckline, snip little notches in the seam allowance, allowing the neckline to lay flat. Flip the lining to the inside of the dress. I secured the lining in place by stitching a straight stitch ¼ in in from the neckline. Pretty and functional!

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6. Length of Dress:  Determine how long you would like the dress to be… I already measured from neckline to just below my knees. I tried on the dress again, to ensure my length was accurate. Measure the length you would like.  Fold over wrong side to wrong side, pin into place, sewing into place by stitching a straight stitch ½in in from the edge. 

7. Silver Belt: You will need, grey and white flannel, snaps, white and silver glitter vinyl. Measure your waist and allow for a 6-7 in overlap of fabric for the snap closure. Lay the gray flannel and white flannel flat ontop of one another, tracing the outline of a 4 in belt at the length you just measured. When tracing the outline, find the center and move 6-7 in to the left or right. This is where you will create the slight point down in the belt, it is moved 6-7 in to the left or right because with the overlap snap closure.

Place the grey and white fabrics, right side together, pinning all the way around, sew around 3 of the 4 edges with a ¼ in seam, leaving one of the short sides un-sewn.  Flip the belt right side out and iron flat. Tuck the open end in and sew closed. To hide the opening a little more and ensure the belt layed flat, I sewed a ¼ hem around all 4 sides.

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Silver & White Shimmer on Belt: Use white and silver glitter vinyl and a Cricut Cutting System for this part. In Design Space, I designed the images, cut them, arranged them evenly along the belt and ironed them into place.

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Once the Silver & White Shimmer are in place, I measured around my waist, marked the overlap and positioned the snaps to fit me comfortably…  for a night of walking around with the kids.

Hair: I tried… I really really tried to make the classic Princess Leia Hair-Do with the side buns, but it DID NOT WORK. I probably tried for about an hour to create the sock buns I saw ALL over Pinterest and I FAILED miserably! After all the trying, I found this hair-do on pinterest, it was SUPER easy to do on myself, the instructions were perfect and I LOVED it!

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I L-O-V-E this costume…  We make one adorable Star Wars Family!


Ariel Birthday Tutu & Shirt

Ariel tutuAriel is the often rebellious daughter of King Triton and longs to be a part of the human world…  I think her curiosity and rebellious side are what I love most about this character.

One of my daughter’s favorite Disney Princess is Ariel!  This is why being asked to design an Ariel inspired tutu & Birthday Shirt is as easy as a walk on the beach!

This Ariel inspired Tutu & Birthday shirt is designed using multiple layers of deep purple and lavender tulle to create a fluffy, girly, and dainty ballerina tutu.  Each layer of tulle is lined with grosgrain ribbon in shades of purple and green.  The T-Shirt announces to the party who the special Birthday Girl is and the celebration of her FIRST birthday in shades of deep purple, shimmering white, and dark green.

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Each Lily & Frog tutu is custom-made, so no two tutus are ever the same. I will be happy to discuss with you a tutu which works best for your little prima ballerina while maintaining a classic pattern with a wholesome and delicate design, finished off with a sprinkle of Lily & Frog flair!

Tutus are available in a variety of sizes (size 6 months to toddler sizes), assortment of colors, coordinated hair accessories, and an array of accents.  Starting price for a custom designed tutu is $40.00 and may vary slightly from there.

How to place an order: Visit our Shop or contact Elizabeth directly at info@lilyandfrog.com.  If a product above is not shown in our shop, please contact Elizabeth directly for a custom order.

Visit our Shop for purchasing. You may also e-mail Lily & Frog directly at info@lilyandfrog.com.


Frozen Birthday Tutu & T-Shirt

Frozen Elsa Tutu (224x445)Elsa is the beloved newly crowned Queen of Arendelle with the ability to create and manipulate ice and snow… even build a snowmen.  Elsa, sends Arendelle into an eternal winter…  and the story of Anna’s adventures saving her sister begins.

Hands-down my kids’ favorite Disney Princess is Elsa, which made the request for an Elsa Birthday Tutu and T-Shirt easy-peasy!

This Queen Elsa Birthday Tutu and Shirt is designed using multiple lavender and hot pink tulle.  Each layer of tulle is lined with shades of rose pink and lavender satin ribbon.  This tutu is accompanied by a hair accessory.  The T-Shirt announces to the party who the special Birthday Girl is and the celebration of her FIRST birthday in shades of lavender and hot pink and shimmering snowflakes.

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Our Frozen Bithday Tutu & Shirt are an adorable first birthday ensemble…

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Each Lily & Frog tutu is custom-made, so no two tutus are ever the same. I will be happy to discuss with you a tutu which works best for your little prima ballerina while maintaining a classic pattern with a wholesome and delicate design, finished off with a sprinkle of Lily & Frog flair!

If you are interested in a creating a Tutu all your own, visit my How To: DIY Toddler Ballet Tutu

Tutus are available in a variety of sizes (size 6 months to toddler sizes), assortment of colors, coordinated hair accessories are NOT included.  Starting price for a custom designed tutu is $40.00 and may vary slightly from there.

How to place an order: Visit our Shop or contact Elizabeth directly at info@lilyandfrog.com.  If a product above is not shown in our shop, please contact Elizabeth directly for a custom order.

Visit our Shop for purchasing. You may also e-mail Lily & Frog directly at info@lilyandfrog.com.


Star Wars Birthday Party Clothing

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This is the first time I designed Zach’s Birthday shirt…  I asked Zach which Star Wars Character he would like on his Birthday Shirt, Darth Vader was the winner!  As I was designing Zach’s Darth Vader Birthday Shirt, I started creating a matching Darth Vader shirt with hot pink, shimmer and glitter doe Lily.  They came out absolutely adorable!  If you LOVE these matching Star Wars Birthday Shirts, you are going to adore the other custom made shirts in my online shop…  Visit https://www.lilyandfrog.com to shop!Star Wars Birthday Party (5)

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Star Wars Birthday Party Cupcakes

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Dessert is my favorite part of a PARTY!  And the cupcakes and desserts from White Barn Desserts are absolutely delicious!  After planning with Lindsey, she baked a variety of Fall Flavored Cupcakes

  • Pumpkin cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Apple Cider Cupcake with Caramel Drizzle topping
  • Vanilla Bean Cupcake with Chocolate/Vanilla Frosting and Nutella Filling
  • Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate/Vanilla Frosting and Cookie Dough Filling

These cupcakes were absolutely delightful and delicious, our family and friends are still talking about the Baking Creations Lindsey bakes for each party…  Each party I’m amazed with the cupcake creations from Lindsey!

Mom’s Side Note:  These cupcakes are divine and always fly off the Dessert Table…  This is why I always buy extra to set aside for after the party, otherwise, I’ll miss out on some delicious dessert!

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Star Wars Birthday Party Games, Printables, & Decorations

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Each Party begins with an invitation and Lisa from The Little Things was just right to take on designing Zach’s Star Wars Birthday Invitation and more!

Invitations…

Lisa designed an out of this world Star Wars Birthday Invitation for Zach’s friend’s and family.  I sent Lisa several invitations I enjoyed the look of; I prefer a simple and sweet look…  With each invitation, I make a request on the back panel for a book instead of a card…  We come from a teaching family, books are everywhere in our home and we enjoy reading the new books from friends and family.  We also LOVE when friends and family sign the inside of the book, reminding us of the party and friend as we are reading bedtime stories.

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Party Favors…

Party Favors are too much fun to create for kids.  For Zach’s Star Wars Birthday Party, Lisa designed a round “Thank You Note” sticker for our treats.  I purchased bags of Honey Maid Star Wars crackers in FUN snack package sizes.  I printed the stickers and placed them on each of the Honey Maid Star Wars crackers packages.  They were super easy to make and kids loved having a little snack…  or maybe for a snack on the ride home before they fall asleep.

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Party Decorations…

We always decorate with balloons; we bought a helium tank w balloons from the local wholesale store…  I put Andy in charge of blowing up all the balloons, arranging them through the yard and house.  Andy even found giant sized Chewbaca, R2-D2, and Star Wars balloons, they were a perfect addition to the party!

Personalized Water Bottles are uber fun for a party…  Until they get wet!  I get frustrated after spending the time to laminate the paper, cut it, and tape it into place, only to see all the ink running into the ice bucket making a mess!  I do not even have a picture of a runny water bottle label because they ruffle my feather so very much.

Then I found this…  Avery Durable Wrapped Labels and they are Water Resistant!!  WHAT?!? Why was I only hearing about these amazing stickers now??  I sent Lisa the measurements for the label, she designed an adorable personalized water bottle label just for Zach!

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I printed each image onto the label paper, wrapping it around the label already on the water bottle…  This is WAY easier then printing, laminating, cutting and taping regular paper!  I saved myself a MAJOR headache by buying the labels. They came out wonderfully – and there was NO runny ink in the ice!

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Mom’s Side Note:  When passing the measurements of the label size to your designer, be sure to accommodate for overlap.  I forgot to think of that, so I just adjusted how I put each label on.

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Star Wars Party Games…

There are far too many Star Wars Party Games on Pinterest…  as a Mom who knows nothing about Star Wars, I was a little overwhelmed!  I decided to leave it up to Andy, with a little creative help from Yours Truly!  I made Lightsabers out pool noodles while Andrew designed a Jedi Training Camp!

How to Lightsabers:

Supplies:

  • Pool Noodles
  • Grey Ducktape
  • Black electrical tape
  • Butter knife

Star Wars Birthday Party (2)First, do not buy the wrong pool noodle – like I did!  This is the pool noodle I bought, which would have been GREAT if I was using it for lounging in the pool, but I was making Lightsabers here, not swimming, lol.  I was all set to ship them off to someone who could use them for their pool and buy NEW pool noodles, until I realized the party was only 5 days away and it was October!  In this case, extra wide pool noodles are OK, lol.

I chopped the pool noodles in half w a butter knife…  I asked Andy for a little help with this easy part, but then we started getting crooked knife cuts and I put a halt to the helping.

Once each noodle is cut in half, wrap the end in grey duck tape with stripes of black electrical tape on the end which was cut…  And that is really it!

I placed them into a large black drink bucket, put the bucket next to the swing set for the kids to grab.

Then Dad was in charge…  He planned a Jedi Training Camp.  Beginning at the slide, each kid zipped down the slide, grabbed a lightsaber, ran around the yard circling multiple trees, and shot Silly String at Bad Guys (printed from online), then hit a pinata at the finish.  Andy stuck a parent at each Bad Guy picture to make sure the kids ran in the right places.  Nothing too elaborate because the kids don’t need anything over the top…  they just want to play, laugh, and run!

Mom’s Side Note:  Ask 2 parents to be at the pinata.  One to stop the kids at the pinata to begin a line far enough back to prevent them from hitting one another, one to stand at the pinata helping with the swinging.  Also ask a parent to hand baggies to the kids to put all the goodies into when the pinata finally opens…  Before filling the pinata, put aside 2 or so of each item.  This is in case a kids breaks of loses their favorite treat, there is a replacement.

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