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Glow Kids, Port Elizabeth, 2013

Glow Kids, Port Elizabeth, 2013

My daughter and I partook in the first Glow Run in South Africa, the Glow Kids in Port Elizabeth.  It was amazing!!!  We had a blast … good music, lots of colour, fun outfits and neon everywhere (I felt like I was revisiting my childhood lol).  (I also walked the Glow Run the next night and had so much fun … again)

Both nights it rained.  We looked like drowned rats.  But we were drowned rats having fun!

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So we had to dress up for this event.  We both agreed on tutus.  I bought different colours in tulle and ribbon.  We followed a pattern from the internet, How to Make a No Sew Tutu (or Google ‘no sew tutu’ … there’s so many).  I was interested to learn that the knot we did was called a Lark’s Head Knot or Cow Hitch, so we actually learnt something useful from this bit of fun.

I made one for myself and was going to make my daughter’s next, but she insisted she wanted to do it all on her own.  I was not allowed to touch it.  And, if I do say so myself, my girl did an awesome job doing all the knots by herself.

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So, to put it simply:

1.  Cut a thick-ish ribbon about the size of your waist plush 10 – 15 cm each side to tie the tutu.
2.  Measure the tulle to the length you want it and double it, add about another 2 cm to allow for the knot (we measure the length of the strips to fall mid-thigh).  Roll the tulle and cut the tulle in varying widths from 5 to 10 cm (the thinner lengths make for a fluffier puffier tutu – we did different widths).
3.  Tie the tulle strips and ribbon using the Lark’s Head Knot.
4.  The more strips used the more the tutu stands out (fuller).

The end result … beautiful!

When searching on the internet and Pinterest, I saw many variations of this, and also how the colours used affect the feel and look of it.  My next one will be a black one, maybe even slightly longer …

The only other words of wisdom I have, is have fun!

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Cute idea alert!

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Childmade Christmas placemats

Here’s a cute idea we did a few years ago … Christmas placemats. All you’ll need is cardboard, glue, decorative things such as glitter /  glitter glue, stickers, etc, laminator and some of your child’s artwork (the more abstract the better).

Let your child have messy fun with finger paint / poster paint.  We used an A4 size piece of paper.  She made handprints and splotches of colour everywhere.  After it dried we cut the page a little smaller and stuck it to a piece of red cardboard, which I cut with my super fancy zig-zag scissors.  Amy them decorated the page with stars and squircles and leaves and glitter glue.  And after getting thoroughly messy and having a good afternoon we let the pages get dry overnight.

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Back of placemat

In the meantime, I got onto my pc and printed out a message with a pic of her and the date to glue to the back of the page.  The next morning we laminated the pages and we had gorgeous, festive Christmas placemats.

Looking at these, I can’t believe how fast time goes.  We made these 5 years ago!  The pic of her and the date on the back makes it extra special to me.  Beautiful memories.