Princess Tutu Tote Tutorial

A tutu tote is an essential part of a Halloween costume for a princess. It could also be a cute party idea for princess party treat bags.

A little ballerina or princess needs a suitable tote for carrying around her treasures or for trick-or-treating!  I saw this idea in BHG and wanted to try my own version!  Vanessa helped me make this one even though she is too old for the princess stuff.  She did put the tutu around her neck so she could be a lion though!

We used a 1/2 gallon ice cream bucket, spray primer and spray paint.

Vanessa sprayed on the primer so the spray paint will stick better.  Let the primer dry before spraying on the paint.

While the paint is drying, we made the tutus.  We tied a piece of elastic around our chalk container.  Then, cut the tulle into strips about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.

1) Fold a piece of tulle in half and put the loop through the elastic.
2) Stick 2 fingers through the loop and grab the tulle ends
3)  Pull the tulle ends through the loop
4) Tighten the knot

We made 2 tutus and since there wasn’t a handle on this bucket, we used a ribbon for the handle.

Slip the tutus on the bucket and fluff them up!

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to The Gunny Sack to have future blog posts delivered to via email.


  1. Craft Junkie says:

    Thanks…I’m going to do this on a canvas bag! I needed to see how the knot was done on the tutu.

  2. That is so cute! I think I might try it for Kynthia’s Easter basket this year since she’s our “new addition” and will need a basket!


  3. Just stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  4. I know its past Halloween but I was thinking about Valentines day and my grandkids! One girl and two boys! So pinks and whites on a red pail for her but what could I do on the pails for the boys? All ideas would be appreciated!
    Mimi Sue

  5. I featured this tutorial in my “Top Ten CRAFTS I loved this week #3″.
    It’s an awesome tutorial!!!

    PS:It is also a linking party, so you can link up another craft!!

  6. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  7. Too Cute!!! I’m working on a Fairy Princess costume and I may have to make this for a super cute accessory!

  8. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you today! Grab a button if you’d like!

  9. Hey! I featured this today! Check it out here.

    Grab a “featured” if you’d like.

    Have a great weekend!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  10. Absolutely adorable!!!

  11. Guess what? You were featured! Stop on by check it out and grab a button if you’d like :)

  12. This is so awesome! I just love it! I would love if you would come share this at The Crazy Cute Link Party @ Between U & Me! :D

  13. Such a cute idea!

    I would love you to share this at my linky party:

  14. new follower! love your blog. just found it :)

  15. Love this! How clever! New follower here! I would love it if you would stop by and check out my up and coming blog :)

  16. Super cute!! Feel free to link this up at my 10 Crafty Days of Halloween linky party:

  17. That is so cute. Every little princess needs one of those this Halloween!

    Brie from

  18. Oh, my goodness, I wish I had seen this before I bought baskets for the kids! My daughter would love this with the tutu.

    I hope you are able to share your post with us at the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.


  19. SO cute! You could add a cute tutu to anything. You did such a great job. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Shucks, that’s sweet! I’d drop an extra treat in that bucket, for sure :D

    Visiting from MidWestern Sewing Girl’s linky party (Everything Halloween)

    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  21. Oh my gosh! This is adorable! I found you through Under the Table and Dreaming. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I pinned this because I know the perfect little princess who needs one of these….thanks!

  23. Looks so cute! The perfect accessory for a princess, fairy etc.

  24. My kids don’t go trick or treating Tonia (it’s not that big over here) but that’s a fantastic idea! Could come in handy for lots of things. Just beautiful.

    Anne xx

  25. how cuteee! I think every little girl should have one of these!!!! :o) And I love that you used a ice cream pail—I love up-cycling!!! Butt I do have to say I was always the kid who couldn’t handle the pail for treats on Halloween… always ended with spilling everything all over the sidewalk and then crying…. shoot good thing my mom eventually got smart and let me use a pillow case instead! LOL :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  26. This is so cute!! I wish I was young enough to Trick-or-Treat so I could make one of these!

  27. Wow! This is amazing. I would love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  28. OH MY GOSH! That is one of the most adorable things I’ve seen. And you made it look so easy.

    My daughter, H, is a total girly girl so I will have to make her one of these.

  29. I am not very girly but I have 3 daughters; one tomboy, one princess, and one undetermined (9 months old). :) Girly stuff appeals to me, I just can’t pull it off! :)

  30. This is so cute! I am definitely more of a girly-girl, and so are a couple of my nieces. They would be adorable carrying this!

  31. that is super cute! i wish i had a little girl to make that for this halloween what a perfect way to collect all the candy

  32. How did you know my daughter was going to be a princess for Halloween?? :) A must have accessory!

  33. Cute, cute, cute!!

  34. I love this idea. The girls will have a blast with these buckets.

  35. I have SERIOUSLY been saving my ice cream buckets to use for something like this! lol Too funny! I think it looks great!

  36. Thank you for stopping by my blog and letting me in on how long the acorn candles took to burn.

    The trick or treat bucket is absolutely girlish. I’m sure most little girls would like it but I’m more of a tomboy kind when it comes to Halloween.

Speak Your Mind