I have to be completely honest with you.
Technically this is supposed to be a 5 Minute Craft. And it totally would have been.
Except I received an invitation to a tea party from a little girl who was trying to teach manners to her brother who was pretending to be a cheetah.
I don’t ask questions. I just GO! Wouldn’t you?
But, if you didn’t have to attend a tea party with a cheetah who kept being reprimanded for burping out loud and not holding up his pinkie finger/paw when sipping from his tea cup then this would TOTALLY qualify as a 5 minute craft!
I absolutely love the 4th of July! The fireworks, the food, the family, the food, the friends, the music, the food.
And once I became the mom of a little girl I added one more thing to the list…cute 4th of July outfits!
Of course, I hate to spend the money on them though especially if they are soooo 4th of July specific you know?
Like the ones that say “Happy 4th of July 2014!” No way you’re going to be able to get away with that one next year!
That’s why I love cute ideas like these. They’re inexpensive, easy to make and can be worn all summer long.
Bandana Rosette 4th of July Shirt
To make the rosettes, simply cut long strips of the bandana fabric approximately 2 inches in width. These rosettes need to be on the smaller size since this is a child’s shirt but you could make them bigger if doing this for an adult.
1) Tie a loose knot at the top of the strip.
2) Tuck the ends of the fabric into the knot.
3) Pull long end up and over the knot and then begin wrapping it around the knot forming a petal by twisting and wrapping, twisting and wrapping, etc.
4) Once you’re done and feeling quite certain that if there were ever a rosette shortage you could rise to the occasion and avert disaster with your new-found rosette making skills, tuck in the end of the fabric and secure with hot glue.
5) Then using hot glue again, attach rosettes to the front of the shirt.
6) Ask the tea party hostess to please, please, pretty please with sugar on top let you take her picture wearing the bandana rosette 4th of July shirt!
7) Return to the tea party where you and the cheetah will continue to be given instructions in proper tea etiquette which will include those well known rules such as…
Never, ever reach for the pretend piece of chocolate cake when the hostess offers you refreshments. You should know that it is her favorite and you will be relegated to eating the pretend broccoli instead.
10 spoonfuls of sugar in your tea is the absolute minimum. Your tea can never be too sweet according to this particular hostess.
If the cheetah toots and it smells really badly, you may want to run from the room desperate for air but you will be strictly forbidden from leaving the tea party.
And perhaps the most important rule of all…
Do not, I repeat DO NOT, offer your own rules in an attempt to help the hostess. This is expressly forbidden as it doesn’t fit with the ‘script’ which you had no idea existed in the first place.
Now, don’t you feel like you got a bonus today? A two-fer? Not only did you learn how to make a bandana rosette shirt for 4th of July, should you ever find yourself at a tea party with a little girl and a ‘cheetah’ you will know exactly how to behave.