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How to Make a Sweet Dress-Up Costume From Old Clothes

Do you have old-fashioned clothes lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Those lacy gowns and dresses would make wonderful dress-up costumes for your little girl. Here are several ideas to get you started.



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You can use pieces of old-fashioned dresses and gowns to create a beautiful dress for your little girl. Cut the dress down to size and hem where needed. Add some extra tulle and lace to make even fancier. Dress it up with some costume jewelry and maybe a pretty bonnet.


For your little Tomboy, you can create a cute pantsuit from old-fashioned lace gowns too. Take in the seams of a long dress or skirt, and create pantaloons out of them. Use the top part of the dress to create a matching shirt. She’ll still be in a pantsuit rather than a dress, but she’ll be as fancy as the other little girls in lacey dresses.


If you’re looking for a creative way to dress up a pair of your daughter’s favorite jeans, use old-fashioned clothes to make pretty shirts and sweaters. Simply cut the top part off of a lace dress or even a nightgown, trim the sleeves to fit, and then add accents such as lace, tulle, and even bells.



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Daytime wear is not the only dress-up costume you can make for your little girl. Why not use an old-fashioned lace dress as a nightgown? You can add ribbons and lace to make it fancier, then complete the ensemble with a little robe and slippers. She’ll be the belle of the slumber party.

Playing Dress Up

You can create a wide variety of dress-up costumes out of old lace clothes too. Have fun and come up with some cute ideas for your little girl, such as cowgirl outfits, country music star outfits, or even french maid outfits. You can be as conservative or eccentric as you’d like.

Add a Splash of Color

You don’t have to keep all of your little girl’s new clothes white or ivory. Add a hint of her favorite color by washing the clothes on a gentle cycle with a safe dye. You can select from several different shades and even mix and match outfits.

Don’t Forget the Accessories


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Hold on to old-fashioned gloves, bags, and jewelry too. When your little girl is dressing up in her new gown, she’ll have an array of accessories she can choose from to complete her new outfit. Put everything out for her to see her choices, and let her select her favorites.

Shoes are a Must

For the perfect finishing touch to your little girl’s new dress-up costume, find a pair of old-fashioned shoes, or create some by gluing lace fabric pieces onto slip on shoes, or even sneakers.

These wonderful dress-up costumes will add a touch of glamour to any little girl’s wardrobe, and allow her to have plenty of play clothes to enjoy. When she has enough, you can invite her friends over for a special dress-up tea party.

Get Crafty with the Kids this Summer

School is out, and the kids are home for summer.   I remember those days of hearing “Mom.. I’m bored.”  Boy, it seemed like that would start within one week of summer vacation.  As an adult, I wish I had a summer vacation!  LOL!

Are you on the look for something to keep the kids busy?  Maybe some fun crafting ideas?  Well it is a good thing you can shop on Factory Craft Direct for all your crafting needs to keep the kids busy this summer.

Here are a few fun crafting ideas ~

Candles in the Sand ~ 
Supplies needed ~ a pile of sand (sandbox works too)
Candle making supplies ~ Wax, color, scent, wicks.
Let the kids use their imagination.  You can use anything to make a shape in the sand.  I used a heart shaped small cake pan (mini pan).  Push the object into the sand to make the shape.  Melt the wax, add color and scent and pour into the sand shape (slowly).  Wrap the end of the wick around a long pencil or stick and place the wick (tab down) in the middle of the candle or if using 2 wicks place into candle accordingly.
Once the wax hardens, scoop it out of the sand and you have a sand candle.  I remember the first time I ever made one was in Bible School 🙂

Pet Rocks ~
Supplied needed ~ Rocks of all sizes and shapes,  paint, silly eyes, yarn, misc goodies.
This is so fun because the kids can get really creative.  Let them paint the rocks and once they are dry they can add eyes, pom poms, yarn, glitter, etc.  They can make a rock family, or special rocks with sayings for gifts, possibilities are endless and only limited by their creativity.

Jewelry Fun ~
Supplies needed ~ jewelry making items, imagination.
Let the kids create gifts for friends and family.  Jewelry is fun, easy and can be a great way to spend a full day. Necklaces, bracelets, hair clips, and more.

Chip clips or picture holder magnets ~
Supplies needed ~ Magnets, Clothespins, Paint, silly eyes, pompoms, glitter, etc.
Let the kids get creative painting the clothespins and adding eyes, glitter, beads, etc.  Put a magnet on one side for refrigerator magnet/picture holders or use without a magnet for a chip/cereal bag closure.

There are many crafts that can keep the kids busy this summer, and even help them feel important by contributing to gift giving.  You can get them to make all kinds of bird feeders with items you have around the house (peanut butter, bagels, oranges, apples, etc) and using wire and rope from Factory Craft Direct.    No matter what you do, just enjoy your time with the kids.  Take it from a Mom who all of a sudden has a 20 year old kid, the time fly’s by very fast.



Silverware Wind Chimes

Silverware Wind Chimes can add beautiful sound and charm to your home or garden.



Needle Nose Pliers





Step One

Drill a small hole through the end of the handle of each piece of silverware you will be using. Prior to this I used a hammer to pound the spoons and forks flat for a different look, that part is optional.

Step Two

Use your needle nose pliers to bend the tines of a fork into loops. These will be where you hang the rest of your silverware from. You can also bend the handle into a hook or use wire when you are ready to hang it. 

Step Three

Thread an end of wire through the hole on a piece of silverware, twist end around itself to secure closure. Next add desired beads throughout the length of wire. Repeat the wire end closure on tine loops of your hanging fork. Do this to the rest of your hanging silverware, be sure to make each one a different length.

There are many different ways to bend, twist and change your wind chimes to make them unique and give them a different sound. Play around and see what you like best.

Re: Purpose Cookie Sheet, Message Board

A custom cookie sheet message/magnetic board is an inexpensive, easy craft that can add some character to your home or office.


* A Cookie Sheet

* Contact or Scrapbook Paper

* Glue (spray adhesive worked well)

* Embellishments (Flowers, Stickers etc.)

* Scissors

* Ribbon

* Magnets

Step One ~

Size and trim the paper of your choosing to fit inside of cookie sheet. I used some old contact paper.  Apply adhesive and place paper gently inside of cookie sheet, make sure edges are lined and all wrinkles are smoothed out before adhesive sets.

Step Two ~

Once dry you can add your embellishments and decorate the cookie sheet. Remember you can add whatever you want, I added little hooks at the bottom for my keys. A piece of ribbon worked well to hide the seam of the paper and if your cookie sheet has a hole in the top you can thread the ribbon through there, knot and use that to hang it. I had to drill a few holes in the top lip to thread the ribbon for hanging.

Now you have a custom Message Board! Add magnets and use them to hold reminder notes, chore lists, etc. Be creative, instead of using contact or scrapbook paper you could use photos and/or decoupage your own little masterpiece.

I’ll Spool You

Do you need more places for storage, and are tired of the same old metal clothing hooks. Save money and Re: Cycle your thread spools.


I recently started using old wooden thread spools as hooks in my craft room. They work great and are a cute little addition to the space. All you need is a long enough screw to go through the spool and into the wall. Many crafting supply stores actually sell wooden thread spools, upwards of $30 for 3! Instead, If you don’t have any lying around I suggest going to rummage sales and flea markets and look for people selling old sewing supplies. They would even work great as handles for drawers or cupboards.

Super easy, Super cute!  


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