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I love the idea of dressing up for Halloween far more than the reality of it. Maybe you’re the same way… Rob will ask if I want to go to a costume party and I’ll give him a maybe and then when it starts to get closer I panic and am a hard NO. There is something that is just so NOT ME about dressing up. There were a few times, back in the day, that I had to for work. I sat myself in an office dressed up like a devil (it was easy because I could just put on a headband and pin a tail to my rear :) because I HAD to dress up that day even though I literally interacted with nobody but fellow employees. But that’s what the boss wanted and that’s what the boss got.
So now that I have a choice, I’m pretty much NOT down with dressing up. Rob seems to love the idea and apparently he’s quite liked the attention he can get from an interesting Halloween costume and I figure one of these days I’m going to be convinced to go to a costume party. Heck, maybe even this year :) And so I put on my thinking cap and decided to make myself a skirt that could either just be tons of fun or it could be a Halloween costume… and that’s how my galaxy skirt with Christmas lights was born.
My galaxy skirt matched up with a black long sleeve top and black flats looks pretty sedate, right? In fact, I think it is a really pretty little dressy outfit! But peek on into that tulle. What do you see? You can just barely make out color, can’t you?
But turn on the lights and BANG! How fun, right?
Now I’m not going to play like I didn’t totally dance around the house with my dog when I got dressed for these pics, because I did. And she loved it and it didn’t hurt I felt like some sort of intergalactic princess if Leia had to nip off from the latest rebel meeting for a quick ballet lesson.
If you’re wondering how hard it is to make your own light up skirt worthy of a living room dance party with your pooch, I have to tell you it really is pretty darn easy. Luckily most stores are hopping with Christmas decorations already so sourcing your battery operated twinkle lights, a must for the project, is a snap this time of year, too.
And if you’re wondering if it hurts to sit on mini LED Christmas lights, the answer for me is a good no. I’m actually writing this post as I wear the skirt and my rear in my office chair is absolutely fine! It might not work out so well for me on a football stadium metal bleacher, or something, but in an upholstered chair I don’t even really notice the lights at all!
Now if you’re a party all night kind of a person you’re going to want to be sure you get good batteries, because what good are battery operated lights that don’t light up because your batteries ate it an hour into the evening? I partnered up with RAYOVAC® because I am a big fan not having my batteries fade out on me and these guys are guaranteed to hold power for 10 years in storage. And I also dig American made goods. Did you know that most RAYOVAC batteries are made in Fennimore, WI? Pretty cool, right? And last, but not least for us frugal gals, RAYOVAC batteries cost less and last just as long as other brands.
And, guess what? RAYOVAC® HIGH ENERGY™ batteries work extremely well for all of your battery operated twinkle light crafty endeavors because they are guaranteed to provide long lasting power during high use.
Plus RAYOVAC batteries are totally easy to grab. Right there by the checkouts at Walmart there’s a battery kiosk kind of a thing and THAT is where you’ll find all the power you need for this crafty project!
Now if you plan to party in this skirt a good couple of times, you can snag RAYOVAC® Recharge batteries that come along with a charger to keep you glittering and blinking all night long. And if you’re gonna party for days, maybe you should check out the RAYOVAC® FUSION™ or RAYOVAC® Recharge Plus because those are their longest lasting batteries full stop that are meant for really high use devices like drones and whatnot. Okay, so power sorted, are you ready to make this too, too cute tutu?
For this project you will need:
- Tulle skirt (like a tutu, I get mine online)
- Acrylic paint in a variety of “galaxy-like” colors
- Battery operated LED lights
- RAYOVAC batteries of your choice
- Black thread & needle
To start you’ll need to find the right skirt. This is tulle and I find mine for about twenty bucks at that big online retailer that sells everything. My skirt has 3 layers of tulle and it’s almost too much. More layers will give you a bigger, poofier skirt, but, unfortunately that also means you’re going to be hiding the galaxy style under-painting on your skirt even more.
We need to protect the tulle layers and make the underskirt (the solid layer) easy to paint and access. Take a shop bag and shove all of your tulle inside of it. Tie it up nice and tight and you don’t have to worry about getting your pretty layers mussed up. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside of your skirt to prevent paint from pushing through the fabric onto the opposite side. Before you actually begin to paint, cover the cardboard with aluminum foil to prevent the paint drying to the board and making the inside of your skirt lined with paper, yuck!
Because this skirt can’t be washed (water and electronics simply do not mix!) you don’t have to worry about using fabric paint. Every day craft acrylics will work very well and come in a large variety of colors. For a design like mine, you’ll need a pretty blue, teal, purple, pink plus white and gold. If you prefer other colors, feel free to use them instead!
To make your galaxy splotches you’ll need to start with your base color, creating a large, strange shape on your skirt.
While still wet, continue adding your colors on top of one other to create a layered, weird, splotch :) Allow to fully dry. If you’re impatient, a hair dryer will be your best friend with this project!
Should you find that some colors don’t cover well, like my blue up there, you might need to make a second pass to get the color vibrant enough to be seen through the tulle.
To finish, using a sponge pounce gold paint in the plain black areas and on top of your galaxy shapes. I also used black, but in the end wound up going back over those sections with colorful paint to make them more visible through the black mesh, so I’d strongly suggest omitting any dark colors or black paint.
At this point, you can also flick white paint onto the fabric to create stars, but again, it isn’t so easy to see that you can easily omit it.
Once your skirt is fully dry it’s time to bring out the twinkle lights. Yay for twinkle lights, am I right? :)
Using black thread, or embroidery floss, tack your lights onto your skirt sporadically.
Quick note on the lights, these are mini LED lights and they’re kind of big. These days they also sell lights on a wire, which are smaller and lighter.
Yep, those guys up there. Now these are what I’d prefer to use for this project, so if ordering online, look for these instead. Unfortunately the set I already have requires 6 batteries which was too much weight for the waistband of my skirt sending me running to the store to purchase the lights I did wind up using for this project.
Whichever lights you use, they’ll both work, just be mindful of the number/weight of the batteries in relation to your skirt so it stays firmly on your waist instead of the floor. What a womp, womp moment that would be, right?
Wind them around and around and just kind of go nuts. Feel free to make them heavier in some areas than others (hello constellations!) or plan it out and make your light design very symmetrical. Cat craft assistants prefer to go nuts (obviously).
Once you’ve run out of lights you’ll need to affix the battery box to your waistband. Because I wanted mine to be hidden I sewed mine in between the tulle and painted layer, just like the lights. If you look really hard you can see the writing on the power boxes but you have to really, really know where to look.
I decided to use 2 sets of 100 lights. If you choose to do the same be sure to place your battery packs on opposite sides of the waistband to distribute the weight.
Oh my gosh! How pretty, right? There’s a little bit of cat hair in the mix, but that’s to be expected when your cat is helping with the stitching! It’s nothing a lint roller can’t take care of!
When it’s time to party hearty lift up the tulle part of your skirt and access the batter packs.
Click to turn on and enjoy!
What are you waiting for? Head over to Walmart and grab your RAYOVAC batteries and other supplies to make your own DIY light up skirt of the galaxy persuasion! And be sure to save some $$$with these money saving coupons at Ibotta and SmartSource, too!