Make this adorable popsicle stick ballerina out of craft sticks, cupcake liners, and other simple supplies.
This beautiful ballerina craft is great for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, or kids of all ages.
It is also great for a letter b craft of the week.
Materials you will need:
- Large popsicle stick
- Three regular popsicle sticks
- Paints in flesh tones
- Glue gun/glue
- Paint pens (we used Posca)
- Cupcake liners (regular or mini)
- Mini pom poms
How to make a popsicle stick ballerina!
Start by painting the popsicle sticks with whichever flesh tone paint you chose and allow them to dry.
With your scissors, cut the large popsicle stick just below the halfway mark.
Cut ¼ off of two of the regular popsicle sticks to form legs. Alternatively, you can cut one straight across and one at an angle to show different ballet poses with the legs.
Cut the last popsicle stick on an angle on both sides to create the arms of your ballerina.
Now you are ready to attach the arms and legs. Turn your popsicle sticks over so that the painted side is down.
Put a dab of glue on the back of the large popsicle stick at the cut end and attach the two regular sticks to the large stick so that when you turn it over, it looks like a torso with legs.
Attach the arm pieces using a little hot glue to the back as well.
Now that everything is glued you can turn your ballerina back over and you will be able to see that the shape is coming together.
Where the feet would be located, color some ballet shoes with ribbons onto the popsicle sticks.
You can pick out any color you choose, something that goes with the cupcake liner you picked, or if you would like to make this ballerina into a nutcracker ballerina it would go great with our other popsicle stick crafts the nutcracker and the mouse king.
Color the hair, eyes, and mouth. Also, color in the upper torso of the ballerina with a fun color that matches your cupcake liner tutu you have picked.
On the top of the ballerina’s head, put a small dab of glue and place a pom-pom in the matching color of the ballerina’s hair.
Take a cupcake liner and fold it in half and flatten it so it creates the tutu.
Dab a bit of glue on the lower part of the ballerina’s torso and place the cupcake liner on top.
Your ballerina is now complete! Make several different ones and you can have a whole troupe.
If you are using this popsicle stick ballerina craft as apart of a letter learning session then here are some fun facts you might enjoy.
Fun and incredible ballet facts you might not know about!
- The first ballet dancers were all men! Actually, women were not even allowed to join the ballet. Ballet originated in Italy in the 15th Century but women were not allowed to dance in public until 1681.
- One tutu can take about 90 hours to make, just shy of 4 days. The intricate details of many of the costumes make it impossible to wash them between performances. Instead, costumes are typically sprayed with air freshener and allowed to air out. Speaking of Tutu’s, all those fancy details can make them cost up to $3,000 to make.
- Pointe shoes are made by hand and ballerinas can wear out 2-3 pairs of ballet shoes per week! To help them glide effortlessly across the dance floor, dancers rub resin on their shoes to makes sure they don’t accidentally slip. This same substance is also used by several string musicians to help them play better and to help baseball pitchers improve their grip on the ball.
- Ballerinas are incredibly fit. A ballerina can carry 3 times her body weight on the tip of her big toe! They also use enormous amounts of energy during a full performance. If fact, they use the same amount of energy that it would take to run 18 miles or play two full football matches. Male dancers can lift over one to one and a half tons worth of ballerinas during a single performance. That equates to weight of an average car!
- The ballerina buns require a combined 400 hours of styling before the performance!
- Ballet began in France in 1661 and used to be performed with operas.
- The most widely recognized or most famous ballet is The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky!
Even more popsicle stick crafts you don’t want to miss!
- Popsicle Stick Angel Craft
- Popsicle Stick Bear in a Scarf
- Popsicle Stick Snowman
- 3D Popsicle Stick Popsicle Craft
- Popsicle Stick Easter Bunny
- Popsicle Stick Uncle Sam
- Popsicle Stick Valentine Rocket
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