Learn how to create a graceful Dollar Tree Christmas DIY Clothespin Ballerina Ornament in 30 minutes. I made these, especially for my nieces who both dance. Using simple wooden spring-style clothespins and limited supplies, make these quick and easy dancing decorations just in time to celebrate Christmas in July. Stay tuned as I will be sharing new Christmas ornaments all month long!
Dollar Tree Christmas Clothespin Ballerina
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Here's what you need to make a Ballerina Ornament:
- Clothespins, Wooden Spring-Style – Dollar Tree
- Chenille Stems, Red, Green Tinsel – Dollar Tree
- Natural Jute Twine – Dollar Tree
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Tree
- Pearl Beads – Dollar Store
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint by DecoArt – Natural Buff, Cocoa, Santa Red, Festive Green, Bubblegum Pink, Mustard Seed Yellow, Light Cinnamon
- Basecoat Brush Set – Americana by DecoArt
- Kunin Classic Felt 9″ by 12″ Craft Cuts – White
- Circle Template, 2 ¼” – This set includes ALL the shapes
- MONO Twin Permanent Marker, Black – Tombow
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
Here's how to create Ballerinas from Wooden Clothespins:
To begin the Dollar Tree Christmas DIY Clothespin Ballerina, gather all supplies. I love taking simple everyday supplies like wooden spring clothespins, which are 36 for $1.25 from Dollar Tree. Make an entire troupe of Ballerinas!
Remove the metal spring from the wooden clothespins. For each Ballerina, line up one full clothespin on your work surface, to create a body shape. Attach the wooden clothespin pieces together with a glue gun and glue sticks, using the photo as a template. TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Paint the front and all sides of the clothespin Ballerinas with flesh tone acrylic craft paint colors of choice. I used Natural Buff and Cocoa. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. Paint a leotard on the Ballerinas with Santa Red and Festive Green acrylic craft paint, covering the front, sides, and back. Paint on hair with Mustard Seed Yellow and Light Cinnamon acrylic craft paint, covering the front, sides, and back. Add polka dot cheeks by dipping the end of the paintbrush into pink acrylic craft paint. Add eyes, a mouth, toe shoes, and crisscross laces with a MONO Twin black permanent marker. Set aside to dry.
Slide a pearl bead onto the red and the green tinsel chenille stems. Bend into an oval and secure closed by twisting the stem onto itself. Attach the Ballerinas’ arms to the back of the clothespin using a glue gun and glue sticks. Make sure that the pearl bead is at the top.
Place circle template onto three layers of White Kunin Felt and trace the outline of the 2 ¼” circle with the MONO Twin permanent marker. Carefully cut out circles, cutting inside the traced lines for a clean, finished project.
Fold three circles of White Felt in half and cut a small slit in the center with scissors. To finish, insert the Ballerinas into their white felt tutus. Since the wooden clothespins are rough, there is no need for glue.
Dollar Tree Christmas DIY Clothespin Ballerina
The perfect place card for Christmas dinner, fun tag for a holiday present, or ornament to hang on the tree! They are the perfect size for a tiered tray decoration. Craft these up with the kiddos and don’t forget to sign and date the back which will create a keepsake that you will cherish from year to year! I love reminiscing each year as we decorate the Christmas tree with all the handmade ornaments we have created together!
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Here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus Lane! My Free Printable Santa Countdown to Christmas Calendar is perfect to print out for the kiddos to color, but can also be colored by adults and framed for some sweet home decor. Add cotton balls or even better, sparkly white pom poms to Santa's beard each day to countdown until the BIG day!
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