Clothespin Ballerinas Tutorial

These little ballerinas make perfect toys or decorations for a table topper or garland. The options are endless!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespins
Tulle in a variety of colors (I like the sparkle one)
White satin ribbon
Hot glue sticks
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Draw a face, hair, a top, and shoes on the clothespin. Set aside.
2. Cut a length of ribbon a couple inches long (doesn’t need to be exact, you will trim it later).
3. Tie a knot in the ribbon, creating a loop that is just larger than the waist of the clothespin.
4. Cut several lengths of tulle, about 2-3 inches long.
5. Fold one length of tulle in half longway.
6. Fold the piece of tulle in half again the opposite way.
7. Put the folded end of the tulle through the loop of ribbon and bring the opposite ends under the ribbon, then back up through the middle of the fold.
8. Pull the end of the tulle to create a knot around the ribbon.
9. Repeat steps 4-7, pushing each knot of tulle close together, until the entire loop of ribbon is full (Note: untie the knot, if it gets difficult to fit all the pieces on the loop).
10. Slide the loop on to the clothespin (Or retie the ribbon in a knot on the clothespin, if you chose to untie it in the last step).
11. Glue the knot on the back of the clothespin doll
12. Optional: trim the lengths of ribbon in the back. You may also leave the ribbon as an accent to the skirt.

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