DIY Light Up Cinderella Carriage From a Wagon
With Halloween fast approaching I've got a great DIY to share today that's perfect for a little princess! Most little girls love dressing up as a princess and what princess doesn't need a carriage to make her outfit complete? This easy DIY turns an ordinary wagon into a beautiful carriage that you can use for years with any princess costume!
For my daughter Brynlee's first birthday/Halloween I decided to go all out. I just couldn't resist, I mean her birthday is less than a week away from Halloween so she can have awesome costume parties every year and first birthdays are extra special (even if the recipient won’t remember it)!
I also love fairy tales, especially Disney fairy tales so I decided I wanted her to be Cinderella for her first birthday. All the pumpkin decorations would be perfect for a Halloween party and as her mother I was excited to extend the theme to myself and be her Fairy Godmother! I also saw a few pins on Pinterest where people were turning strollers, wheelchairs and wagons into Cinderella carriages for Halloween, so of course I decided to make my own Cinderella carriage for our little princess.
As luck would have it Cory had snagged a perfectly good wagon from the next door neighbors curb (another garbage picking score!) that just needed the handle reattached. So Cory got a piece of wood and fixed the wagon up good as new so I could use it for Brynlee's carriage and not have to touch our family wagon.
Now I just needed all the other supplies. I wanted to use hula hoops because that was what I saw everyone else use that made DIY carriages. Unfortunately hula hoops are impossible to find in the beginning of October. *Note to self: Don’t wait until the last minute to make DIY costumes.* Thankfully Cory came up with the brilliant idea of using Pex pipes or Pex tubing as he called it. The Pex pipes Cory picked up for me also happened to be blue so fit in perfectly with the Cinderella color scheme I was going for.
Cinderella Carriage Supplies:
-Iridescent Tulle Fabric
-2 sets of battery operated string lights
-White plastic tablecloths
-Blankets to cover inside the wagon
-Decorative piece for the top (I used a crown Christmas tree ornament)
Here's a pic of the wagon (minus the handle) and pex tubing. I sat my kiddos in the wagon and roughly measured the pex pipe to make sure there would be enough head room for both Brynlee and Jackson to sit comfortably with enough headspace so they wouldn't hit the tubing. Cory then cut the tubing into two pieces for me.
Here's a picture of most of the supplies I used: the pex tubing already cut, the tulle fabric I used, the battery operated string lights, some ribbon, plastic tablecloths and crown ornament for the top of the carriage. As you can see Jackson and Brynlee could not get enough of the wagon the second I brought it inside!
I duct taped the pex tubing so that it formed an x across the top of the carriage. I taped one side of the tubing on the left side of the seat, front and back, and then taped that same piece of tubing on the opposite right side of the seat, front and back. I didn't skimp on the tape because I wanted it to hold through any conditions it would be in, from being put in the car, to being used outside and most importantly: children. After both pieces of tubing were taped on the seats I zip tied the top to keep it all in place.
After the tubing was all in place I wrapped the lights all around it. I used one set for one tube and the other set for the other tube. I then placed the battery packs behind the seats for easy access.
I don't have any pictures of the process of gluing the tablecloths along the sides of the wagon to hide the red sides however it was pretty easy. I took my hot glue gun and glued it in place to completely hide any red areas. For the inside of the wagon I used two baby blue blankets that had been Jacksons when he was a baby and put them over the seats and tied them along the backs with white ribbon.
For the last step I covered the pex tubing with iridescent tulle. I wrapped it all along the tubing and tied it together at the top and all the sides of the tubing to create almost a curtain to complete the carriage look. I then tied a crown Christmas tree ornament on the top to give it a decorative top piece like a real carriage.
I moved it out to the entryway and snapped a quick pic in the dark after I put the tulle on. Just a few finishing touches with straightening the blankets and it would be complete. I just love how it turned out!
A couple of the things I love most about this carriage wagon is that it should last for years (and it has!) and the carriage decorations are completely removable so I didn't ruin the wagon!
To see more information on how to make this carriage or view TONS more pictures of the carriage check out my blog post https://www.thriftyartsygirl.com/2020/07/diy-halloween-cinderella-carriage-from.html