What do you make for a three year old's birthday gift when you have lots of random craft supplies handy? A princess themed dress up trunk, just like *I* always wanted!
Step 1: What You Will Need
Most of my tutorials give fairly precise instructions, and quantities/measurements. This one, not so much. My goal was to use as much as I could of my existing hoard of craft supplies. I'm quite pleased to report that I spent less than ten dollars on extra materials; those items I sourced from thrift stores and craft stores.
For the Trunk:
Wicker/wood trunk style hamper
Craft or interior paint
Lining fabric (2 yards?)
Polyester batting (2 yards?)
Used bicycle box
1 sheet silver foil scrapbook paper
Assorted ribbon and lace (8 yards?)
Small paper cup
Hot glue gun
Large package hot glue sticks
Precut flat wooden letters
Assorted small decorations
Step 2: Paint Trunk Exterior
I thought I had pictures of the painting step, but I do not.
First, I wiped down the trunk with a damp sponge and tapped down a couple of protruding tacks. Since my hamper was made of unfinished wood, I didn't need to do anything extra to prepare it for painting.
Next, I put down a drop cloth and started sponging the trunk with a smoky lilac interior wall paint. Once that dried, I daubed metallic gold craft paint in a random pattern. The result was oddly akin to a dragon's egg finish.
Step 3: Line the Interior
To make the trunk extra fancy, I decided to upholster the interior.
I took the measurements of each vertical side and cut out corresponding pieces of cardboard. Each of those pieces I covered with a rectangle of polyester batting, with enough extra around the edges to fold them over and tack them down with the hot glue gun. I repeated this process with rectangles of satin fabric. Before I placed the finished upholstery panels inside the trunk, I glued a layer of batting and a layer of satin to the bottom inside.
Step 4: Decorating the Trunk
If my glue gun trigger finger didn't hurt already, it certainly did after sticking glittery gold ribbon around the tops of the trunk. I used lavender wrapping paper to line the inside of the lid. The "mirror" was made from a sheet of silver foil card stock, framed with gold venise lace. My lovely and talented wife painted the balsa wood letters.
Step 5: Costuming!
Left to right, I made a few costume pieces to go with the trunk:
Soft, fuzzy red hooded cloak
White organza tutu skirt with holographic sequins
Princess dress in satin and lace
The cloak pattern I made on the fly, but managed to complete it with one yard of 55" wide fabric, some bias tape, a velvet button and narrow elastic.
Tutus are fun, this one was an easy project. I made it from a long scrap of sari fabric, stitching it up at the side and making a simple casing for an elastic waistband.
The princess dress is basically an old T-shirt embellished with embroidered iron on patches and a satin skirt attached.