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Ballerina Christmas Ornament Craft

Hands up who loves ballerinas and making Christmas tree decor? If so you will love my Ballerina Christmas ornament craft! Perfect to keep or to gift to friends and family. 

clothespin ballerina craft for kids

A wet miserable December afternoon means only one thing in our house, Christmas crafting time! We use a wide variety materials and make everything from Gingerbread men to reindeers and Santa! 

This year we are going to put a massive focus on making more homemade Christmas ornaments for our tree! We already have some great ones especially my diy snowflake ornament and my dollar tree gnome ornament

We decided to make some pretty ballerinas as my daughter loves ballet. These look so intricate yet are so simple to make with my christmas ornament step by step craft procedure below.

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Ballerina Christmas Ornament Craft

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This Ballerina Christmas Ornament Craft is a great way to make some pretty tree decor this December! Perfect for gifting or selling at craft fair!


  • Clothespins, Wooden Spring-Style – Dollar Store
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Flesh Tone Colors of Choice, Bright Red, Kelly Green, Pink, Yellow, Dark Brown
  • Poly-Fil Quilt Batting
  • Chenille Stems, Red and Green Tinsel – Dollar Store
  • Pearl Beads – Dollar Store
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Permanent Marker – Black
  • Circle Template – 2 ¼”
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors



Gather all supplies. 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.

ballerina christmas ornament craft process

TIP: You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry. This may be a suitable option if younger kids want to stick the clothes pegs together.


Paint the front and all sides of the clothespin Ballerinas with flesh tone acrylic craft paint colors of choice.

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Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary.


Paint a leotard on the Ballerinas with bright red and green acrylic craft paint, covering the front, sides, and back.

Paint on hair with yellow and dark brown 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 black permanent marker. Set aside to dry. 

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Slide a pearl bead onto the red and the green tinsel chenille stems (also known as pipe cleaners). Bend into and oval and secure closed by twisting the stem onto itself.

Attach the Ballerinas’ arms onto the back of the clothespin using a glue gun and glue sticks. Make sure that the pearl bead is at the top.

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Place circle template onto three layers of white quilt batting and trace the outline of the 2 ¼” circle with a marker. 

Carefully cut out circles, cutting inside the traced lines for a clean, finished project.

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Fold three circles of quilt batting in half and cut a small slit in the center with scissors. 

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To finish, insert the Ballerinas into their quilt batting tutus. Since the wooden clothespins are rough, there is no need for glue.

ballerina christmas decor


You can make these in lots of different colors and even have a ballerina themed Christmas tree!

What to do with these? I would recommend you make lots and lots of these. You could even sell them at your kids school Christmas fair! They make great gifts for young and old alike, especially little ballerinas. 

Christmas craft ideas are in full swing and I have lots to keep you and your littles busy on those cold December days when you don’t feel like going outside! 

Please let me know what other Homemade Christmas Ornaments you would like me to make.

Will you make this Ballerina Christmas Ornament Craft?

Ballerina Christmas Ornament Craft

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