Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I like to throw parties. I start by doing lots of research and then narrow down my ideas and then figure out ways to put these ideas into practice. My daughter just recently turned 6. I knew it was going to be hard to top myself from her Fancy Girl Tea Party last year when she turned 5. I do love to throw a good tea party. This year I let my daughter decide on the theme and we built a Pinterest board together for ideas for the party. She changed her mind 17 times and finally decided on a Garden Party theme. I showed her several ideas for the party from Pinterest and she flatly stated, “We are not doing that.” Then she proceeded to tell me her ideas about what we should do. Wow! Where did she get that from? I’m creating a monster! Really, she sounds a lot like me. Yikes! Funny how that happens…
For this garden party, we needed an activity. All parties with little ones need to be based around an activity. I went round and round. And finally, I settled on the most involved (but most amazing) activity possible. It was something that my daughter and I had done before. Petal Dresses. I love them and I even love creating them myself! It’s so soothing. It’s so fun to just let that creative energy flow. The girls really loved it.
Sorry, I had to blur the faces of the girls who are not my daughter.
Some of these we picked up freshly fallen petals in a rose garden. Others, I bought at our grocery store. They sell the petals of a dozen roses for less than the cost of a dozen roses intact. I bought the stargazer lilies from Trader Joe’s. I checked around the week before the party for prices of flowers in various stores. I bought the flowers the day before and put them in water. Flower petals also last a pretty long time in the fridge.
I got the idea from Grace Caio, an artist from Singapore. She’s amazing! I ran across her work one day and totally fell in love with it. This idea came to me soon after I discovered her blog and Facebook page when we had some extra petals from having Mother’s Day flowers in the house. My daughter and I made petal dresses on a picture of a girl that I drew, which was not a very good drawing. While I am very creative, I am not a great artist. From there I decided that it would be even more fun if my daughter could make petal dresses on herself.
Here’s how to do it:
I took a picture of her with basically a strapless dress that reached her knees.
I took the picture in a well lighted area against a white wall.
I left a space above her head and below her feet in the picture.
It looked like this.
With lots of different flower petals, you make “dresses” out of the petals. When they are finished, you stand above the child and take a picture of their creation with your cell phone. Then they clear the petals off their picture and start a new one. There is no glue. They can use the same picture of themselves to create many many different dresses. You can print the picture afterward. See our multi-picture picture frame at the bottom.
For the party activity: In the invitation I instructed all of the parents to take pictures of their daughters that way. I sent those directions. I had them email the pictures to me and I printed them out on 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. I recommend printing them on plain card stock rather than photo paper because photo paper is shiny and makes it hard to take a picture of the finished product with no glare.
I used many different kinds of flowers. Rose petals were most popular. The other flowers that I picked up as an afterthought were Stargazer Lilies. It was the perfect addition. The girls loved those! I also picked small wildflowers from the yard and some girls used those for their hair or earrings or in the waistline of the dress. They tore petals to make shoes. I also bought curly kale. That was also a hit. I figured, we live in California… what girl doesn’t need a kale dress? Even some of the moms were making dresses on their daughter’s pictures. It’s kind of addictive! Here are some of the other dresses we made.
Try it! You’ll love it! Even if you don’t do it for a party, it’s a really fun mom and daughter activity. We did these dresses below one afternoon together. She made some and I made some. We used this at the party to show the girls what to do. After the party, I emailed all the moms their daughers’ fashionable creations. Some moms asked for the full sized file to be able to put the pictures in frames in their daughters’ bedrooms. This one is my daughter’s.
Here is another cute way that you could display them. Click below to see this picture frame with 7 openings all in a row.
Adeco [PF0273] Black Wood Hanging Picture Photo Frame, Divided, 7 Openings, 4×6″
I hope you liked this tutorial and I hope you’ll try it! These girls were 5 and 6 years old. But I really think that older girls would really love it too. It would be a great activity for tweens and younger teens.
I was thinking that for 5 to 6 year old boys it might be fun to build a “nature monster” on their picture with leaves and sticks and pinecone pieces after finding all the fixings outside for themselves. Building a “robot” onto themselves with nuts and bolts and screws and wire are the makings of a superhero. I think the kids love to see themselves “dressed up.” Kind of like a paper doll but it’s them they are decorating. Please let me know and share pictures if you make “nature monsters” or “robots” with boys. I would love to see it!
If you plan to do this for a party and have more questions, please let me know. I can guide you through it. If you live in the area and want me to run your activity at a birthday party or school activity, please contact me.