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Being a little sister can be tough, and Kaia is well overdue for her time to shine! She isn’t in school yet, so we have been lucky enough to spend a lot of one-on-one time together during the week, and each and every day she amazes me with something new. She is so full of life, and one of my favorite things to do is just sit back and watch her be her. She sees magic in everything, and these days with her as a toddler are so incredibly precious.
Judah is still in school for another two months, and until then I have Kaia all to myself. We have been going on girl’s days to get in some one on one time before she starts pre-k in the Fall, and we are having a blast! One of our favorite activities is to head out to the park or the nature trail behind our house for some exploring. We do all kind of activities on our adventure days like pirate play, bug collecting, or treasure hunters but on this particular day we drew inspiration from Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign and immersed ourselves in a world of wonder. I love this new campaign – its goal is to teach little girls that they can be anything, as long as they dream big. Talk about positive messaging! We made some adorable felt tiaras for the occasion before hand, packed up her new Disney princess dolls, and were on our way!
I love crafting with her, and our tiaras were perfect for our princess day! And it was completely mess free, which makes it a ten in my book. Here’s the tutorial:
What you’ll need:
- Felt sheets of your choice (these were $0.30 each, and you can also use foam sheets)
- Tiara printable
- Plastic flat backed jewels (found at any craft store)
- Ribbon of your choice (preferably 1/2 inch wide or more)
- Glue dots
- Velcro dots
Print out your tiara template at 100% for bigger kids, or 70% for toddlers. You can print by clicking on the word tiara, then save to your computer. I am also using a few other tiara patterns that I drew out by hand, so that’s another option! Cut the pattern out, then trace onto your felt and cut that out as well.
Next, measure your child’s head with your ribbon and cut it to size with one inch extra. Using glue dots, attach it to your felt so that it forms a band. Press down firmly for a few minutes so that the glue bonds. *Glue dots are very strong, so don’t worry about them coming apart.
Once your band is on, decorate your tiara with jewels using glue dots. You can also use glitter and other embellishments if you want, but this way is mess free so we are only using jewels.
Once your tiara is decorated, apply two velcro circles to each end of your ribbon and press firmly (this is so that you can take on/off your tiara and fit it snugly around your head. Now you’re done! Gorgeous, I know. You can also make headband crowns the same way, except instead of attaching it to a ribbon, just attach it to the headband. Check out little miss sass modeling one – I think she likes it!
Once our tiaras were finished, we put them on and went to explore. Kaia insisted on bringing her new Disney princess dolls from Toys R’ Us, and in all we had Ariel, Cinderella, and Rapunzel which were Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Dolls, a Jasmine Sing & Shimmer Toddler Doll who sings “A Whole New World” when her necklace is pushed, and a Tiana Jakks Pacific’s 6 inch Disney Princess Petite doll. FYI, if you have a little princess of your own, you must check out Toys “R” Us – they have an entire section dedicated to Disney princesses!
I think it is super important to encourage outdoor play and imagination, and while Judah is more of a structure/science kind of kid, Kaia is as whimsical and creative as they come. I truly hope she never loses that, and I wish I could see the world through her eyes. Personally I have always been an “artsy” person, who never really fit inside the box. I grew up dreaming big, but I honestly had no idea that I would make a life out of my passion for being creative. That’s right, I had a spark. I see that same spark in Kaia, and I know she’s in for big things!
You can find all the Disney princess dolls seen here plus more at your local Toys “R” Us, plus check out Ariel’s castle and many other princess items as well!