Ready-to-Make Ballet Crafts
by Rachel Minnie
I swear I meant to design my own ballet craft to share with you lovely people. However, I’m not all that crafty, much to my dismay. As much as I would like to pull out my craft tote when my child gets bored or antsy and show how to do something new featuring leotards, tutus, and ballet slippers, to be honest, I’m much better at following other people’s directions. So, in case you’re like me, here are the best ready-to-go craft projects I’ve found. You’ll find that many of these can be adapted to a more DIY approach if you’re more that kind of person. And if you are, please know that I admire you greatly and would like tips.
The Peachy Keen Crafts Ballerina Doll Making Kit provides everything needed to make your own ballerina doll. Reviewers say the kit is easy and fun to make. Intended for ages 8+.
How to Draw Ballet Pictures (Dover How to Draw Series) is a hopefully quiet activity that encourages creativity and fine motor skills. This is a craft that can provide hours of fun, and all it requires is some scratch paper and pencils. Even I have those lying around.
This Ballet Silicone Mold has lots of ways to use it: make chocolate, shaped crayons, soap, and gummy candies, but not all at the same time. This silicone is food-grade, dishwasher safe, and safe to put in the freezer or oven (up to 420 degrees). For chocolate, fill the mold cavities with any kind of chocolate chips. Microwave until melted. Add more chocolate chips as necessary and continue to microwave until completely melted. Allow to cool for at least an hour before popping them out of the molds.
For soap, follow directions on the package of melt-and-pour soap from a craft store. For crayons, chop up crayons and put the pieces into the mold cavities. Put in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until melted. Allow to cool for an hour before popping them out of the molds. Get even more creative by mixing colors for a rainbow effect. For gummy candies, check out this easy recipe from the Spruce Eats. Pssst . . . use sugar free gelatin. The kids will never notice.
Craft Stick Snowflake Ballerina Ornament Craft Kit gives you enough for 12 ballerinas. Although the kits come with snowflake stickers, it’s easy enough to just not add them if a winter craft is not what you have in mind. You can substitute other stickers you have lying around, or leave them more plain.
This Little Makers Canvas Ballerina Kit comes with two printed canvas boards, a brush, its own non-toxic paints, and a plastic easel. Although the description suggests this for kids 8 and up, the designs are juvenile enough to appeal to younger children as well. Heck, I’d give them a try.