Since McKenna's the dancer in the family, I decided to make one for her:
It came out very fluffy. I'm afraid she's going to tickle all the dancers around her with her great big tutu. So I made her a more manageable one:
And I still had several strips left over so I started playing with them and ended up making this:
Simply take a strip of tulle (approximately 3" x 40"), fold it in half, cut the loop, fold in half again, cut the loops, and continue until you have a handful of tulle strips approximately 4 inches long. Then take one of the strips and tie all the other strips together with it tightly in the middle. Viola! A tulle ball. Now what? Well, you can stitch a barrette to it:
and wear it in your hair.
or tie a couple to some hair bands:
and make tutus for your pigtails:
or stitch a pin to it:
add a fancy button, and wear it on your chest.
I thought this pin and barrette looked rather Christmassy. It's a cheap and easy present you can make for the funkier ones in your family.
I also made these by going one fold further and ending up with tiny 2 inch tulle balls: