Making a table tutu is very similar to making a regular tutu. First, measure the table you are going to be decorating. You are going to want to measure both the length and the height. Next, cut a length of ribbon a few inches longer than the length of the table. Then, cut your tulle in lengths twice as long as you would like for the tulle to hang under the table. My table tutus were about 2 feet long, so I cut the tulle in lengths of 4 feet. You are going to tie the tulle to the ribbon the same way you would if you were making a tutu. Double the tulle in half and tie it around the ribbon using a slip-knot. Continue tying the tulle to the ribbon until the ribbon is completely full. This project takes a lot of tulle. I believe I used almost 200 yards of tulle on my table tutus.
After you have tied all of the tulle onto the ribbon, the real fun begins! I purchased a roll of tablecloth material from Oriental Trading Company very inexpensively. It was the plastic kind. I think vinyl would work better but this did work. I cut a piece to cover the table and hang down about two inches below the edge. Then, I hot-glued the ribbon with the tulle attached around the edge of the tablecloth. This was seriously the most difficult part. It was hard to control the length of the tutu and the hot-glue gun without getting it tangled up or burning myself. I finally decided to put the tablecloth on the table and use something to weigh it down to keep it from sliding while I worked. This took a while but I think it ended up looking really good. If the glue got too hot, the plastic tablecloth would start to melt so I had to be careful of that.
When I was finished, I considered putting a ribbon or something around the edge where the ribbon was attached to the plastic. But everyone who looked at it said it looked good so I left it. I may try the ribbon some day but for this party, it worked without it.
Overall, I would say the table tutus were a big hit. They definitely brought some color and shimmer to our party!
|This is where the tutu is attached to the tablecloth. What do you think? Does it need a ribbon?|
|This blue was perfect for the Alice in Wonderland theme.|
|The Mad Hatter themed table from our Alice in Wonderland party.|
If you decide to make this, please let me know how it goes!