Making a Craft Stick Ballerina

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September 13, 2018

Ballerina Craft Stick - finished pink and blue ballerinasThis is a simple and cute craft stick ballerina that can be used for many purposes:

- read along stick while reading
- a toy to accompany the book you/your child is reading


- as a bookmark
- to play with (puppet style) for your child
- as party decor

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • craft stick
  • paint/paint brush
  • hot glue
  • painter's tape
  • Sharpie
  • pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • pipe cleaner
  • cupcake liner or tissue paper
Ballerina Craft Stick - supplies


  1. For the ballerina tutu, Option 1: you can use a cupcake liner. Flatten the cupcake liner and fold in half.
  2. Ballerina Craft Stick - cupcake liner
    Ballerina Craft Stick - smashed liner
    Ballerina Craft Stick - flattened
    Ballerina Craft Stick - fold in half
    Ballerina Craft Stick - positioned on stick
  3. Option 2: You can trace and cut out a circle from your choice of colored tissue paper. I traced a CD and cut out. I used two layers and folded accordion style (for pleats) as the tutu.
  4. Ballerina Craft Stick - tracing around a CD onto tissue paper and then cut out, 2 layers
    Ballerina Craft Stick - begin to fold accordion style to make a tutu

  5. Using a pencil free hand sketch the ballet shoes.
  6. Ballerina Craft Stick - sketch ballet slippers with your pencil
  7. You can skip this step if you can paint well between the lines, but I can't so I used painter's tape (and made a stencil) so I can paint the ballet shoes. Then freehand technique to paint the top of the ballerina's outfit.
  8. Ballerina Craft Stick - paint on shoes
  9. Allow to dry.
  10. Ballerina Craft Stick - tape off and paint on top of costume, allow to dry
  11. Once dried, peel off the painter's tape and trace details with a Sharpie.
  12. Ballerina Craft Stick - remove tape once the paint is dry
    Ballerina Craft Stick - outline details with a Sharpie
    Ballerina Craft Stick - top of costume details added
    Ballerina Craft Stick - pink and blue examples of painted detail

  13. Draw on your choice of facial expressions.
  14. Ballerina Craft Stick - draw on face and glue on tutu with a glue stick
    Ballerina Craft Stick - pink and blue tutus in place
  15. To make the hair, I used pipe cleaners.
  16. Ballerina Craft Stick - pink pipe cleaner used to make hair
    Ballerina Craft Stick - curling in the ends of the pipe cleaner to make two buns
    Ballerina Craft Stick - continuing to roll up end
    Ballerina Craft Stick - finished hair
  17. Fit the hair to ballerina and hot glue down to secure.
  18. Ballerina Craft Stick - ready to glue hair in place
    Ballerina Craft Stick - closeup of hair with a bend in center to fit the head
    Ballerina Craft Stick - hot glue hair to craft stick
  19. Using a glue stick, secure ballerina tutu to craft stick.
  20. Ballerina Craft Stick - pink ballerina done
    Ballerina Craft Stick - as a bookmark

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