In the world of quarantine and social distancing, I have turned to the one thing that has been keeping me sane: DIYs.
I have always found happiness in planning and making my own outfits for my Disney trips. In fact, I think I may love the pre-park process just as much as actually going to them. So even though I don’t really know when I will be able to see our beloved castle again, my Disney DIYs have given me much needed positivity and hope.
So I decided to come up with a new series for this blog: #ButMakeItDisney – where I will take a basic fashion element, and make it Disney by adding a DIY.
In this first installment, I’m taking pastel colored clothing items, and turning them into Disney outfits by adding my DIY floral Minnie ears.
For this first outfit, I used one of my favorites – a lavender pleated layered maxi which I’ve had since college, if you would believe it. Paired it with rose gold strappy sandals (although you can’t really see them in the photos)
For my ears, I had to use materials I already had in the house (because lockdown), so I ended up pairing different shades of purple flowers with green fabric. I would have used purple, but I think the colors ended up complimenting each other beautifully. I may actually prefer them in green, since they ended up becoming the perfect ears for Spring.
For my second outfit, I chose this powder blue ruffled romper. I used this in a Bo Peep bound before, but this time I wore it with a white belt and nude wedges.
For the matching ears, I used varying shades of blue flowers and small white blossoms, and used leftover white floral lace for the fabric. I’m so glad I never throw away cloth scraps. You never know when you might be able to use them, and also yay for reducing carbon footprint! If you’re a DIYer like me, I suggest keeping all your fabric for a rainy day. You might just end up creating something beautiful.
For my last outfit, I picked out a blush pink high-low wrap dress that I paired with the same wedges. I’ve always loved how soft and feminine this dress looks, and I might just wear this outfit for Easter Sunday. I know we’re all celebrating at home, but it would be nice to get a little dressed up, don’t you think?
These ears were actually one of the first pairs I’d ever made, so all I did was improve them. I used the same pink flowers and pink sequined fabric, but I resized the ears and repositioned the flowers to make it look better. After all, I have made at least 50 pairs in the past couple of years, and have since learned the proper proportions for Mickey ears.
Since quarantine has been extended here til the end of the month, I will have some more Spring DIYs, either through this #ButMakeItDisney blog series, or through a few non Disney related posts, depending on when and how inspiration strikes. So stay tuned, and follow my Instagram to keep updated.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,
because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
– Walt Disney
Also, some serious talk.
I always try to keep things positive and light here on the blog and on my Instagram, but let me be real with you for a sec.
I know it’s a crazy new norm we’re living in now, and I know that we’ve all been coping with this in different ways. Truthfully, since I ran out of materials for the PPEs, masks, and face shields I’d been making the past weeks, I’ve been feeling quite helpless and depressed. As someone who is used to being busy and constantly moving from one thing to the next, this has been quite a struggle. I don’t like feeling useless.
Lately, these Disney DIYs are the only things that have kept me from succumbing to the stress and sadness. And I hope they bring you a little bit of light too. If you’re like me and need to keep your hands moving, maybe these DIYs can inspire you to create something. But if not, that’s okay too.
Unlike before, I won’t have a set schedule for these blogs because I don’t want to have a time frame for productivity. This way of life is new to all of us, and it’s okay to deal with it in our own way, at our own pace.
So instead of judging others or dictating how they should be using this time, I hope we can support and uplift each other instead. And do our part by staying home, staying healthy, and staying safe.