Mardi Gras is a Holiday that is celebrated on the Tuesday before the start of the religious holiday of Lent (for 2012 it will be February 21). Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and on the day before people celebrate by consuming rich foods that they give up for Lent. In the USA, Mardi Gras is celebrated with fancy dances called Masquerades Balls and parades. The colors of Mardi Gras are significant as well. The traditional colors are purple, gold and green. Purple represents justice, gold represents power and green represents faith.
I thought it would be fun to show you how to make an easy ball gown skirt for your doll using items you may have at home or items you can easily get from the dollar or party store.
You will need:
- 1 roll off streamers in each of the Mardis Gras colors purple, gold (yellow) and Green – or you could use ribbon or fabric in these colors, too
- 12 inches of 1/4 inch elastic from the sewing aisle
- a ruler
Step 1– Measure your elastic to 12 inches cut and knot as shown. This will be your skirt form.
Step 2– Open your packages of streamers and cut strips of streamers 24 inches long. You will need 10 of each color.
Step 3 – Take one of your cut streamer pieces and match the cut ends. Make a loop at the top and place inside your elastic waist band. Slip the ends through opening to attach to the elastic skirt.
Step 4– Carefully pull the ends to create your knot at the top. Alternate the colors and continue until your skirt is full.
Step 5– Put the skirt on your doll, have an adult help you trim the skirt ends if they are too long.
Step 6– Pair with any shirt you already have and enjoy the ball!
Making Doll-sized Mardi Gras Necklaces
You will need :
- A package of child size bead necklaces like the ones shown above
- A pair of scissors
- A ruler
Step 1– remove the necklaces from the package. This band has a closer feature that is very important!
Step 2– Measure your necklace from the closure to 12 inches and cut be sure to cut between the beads.
Step 3– place on your doll and use the closure to secure your necklace on your doll. repeat with the remaining necklaces.
To make your doll a mask like the masks shown you can visit my blog at http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.com/2011/10/fun-foam-masquerade-ball-masks.html to see how to make a mask like the one shown on my doll Chrissa’s. Or for more Mardi Gras mask inspiration, visit Fantasy Jr.’s Mask page.
*Please note I did not make the mask Chrissa is wearing, Eva of Sew Crazy Army Wife did and sent it to me.
I look forward to sharing more fun ideas with you next week!