Nicole™ Crafts Clothespin Ballerinas

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Clothespin Ballerinas

This project is "“tutu"” cute! Help your children make their own ballerinas and pom pom skirts made from tulle, then enjoy watching them put on rehearsals and dance recitals with their newest handmade toys! Let your kids make as many ballerinas as they want in their favorite colors. Or, make a keepsake to match your own tiny dancer's recital costume!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (8 + up)
  • Time:1/2 hour + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Make the Tutu: Wrap the top of a clothespin with yarn for about 5/8 of an inch. Glue the ends in the back with tacky glue. To make the pom pom skirts, download and print the template, then cut the shapes from the template on heavy cardboard. Hold the two shapes back to back so that the openings line up. Then wrap your tulle once around the cardboard shapes from one side of the opening to the other. Next, place the clothespin into the opening of the cardboard shapes. Place your scissors between the two cardboard shapes and cut the tulle around the circular edge of the cardboard.
  • 2
    Secure the Tutu in Place: Pull the tulle to cover the back of the clothespin, then tie a tight knot with the yarn. Place a small dot of hot glue on the front and back of the clothespin and push up the tulle so it stays in the proper place. Trim the yarn and tulle to desired look. Remove cardboard shapes.
  • 3
    Create Hair, Face and Arms: Cut a 6 inch piece of chenille stem. Fold over each end and hot glue the center to the back of the clothespin for arms. Place tacky glue onto the top of the clothespin and cover with yarn for hair. Wrap a small ball of yarn and hot glue to the top of the hair for a bun. Tacky glue a piece of ribbon around the bun. Make a small ribbon bow and tacky glue to the front of the bun. Use the opposite end of the paintbrush, dipped in the Baby Pink paint, and create cheeks on the face. Create eyes with the Black marker.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (8 + up)
  • Time:1/2 hour + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Loew Cornell Woodsies Doll Clothespins
  • •DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Baby Pink
  • •Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems Beige, Assorted Colors of Tulles & Stitch Studio Yarns and Dual Temperature Glue Gun
  • •Various Offray Spool O'Ribbons
  • •Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker in Black
  • •Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • •Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks
  • •Heavy Cardboard, Paintbrush, Scissors & Ruler
Download Project Template