Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Holly's Ballet Themed 3rd Birthday- Part Two (DIY Ballerina Wreath)

After sending out our ballet invitations, I started to shop around for decorations for Holly's third birthday party. It turns out that ballet themed decorations are hard to come by.

So, I decided to keep everything in the pink and white colour theme, and do a few simple DIY projects including this cute (and super easy to make) tissue paper ballerina wreath!

All I needed to make this wreath was:
1. Cardboard
2. Tissue paper
3. Scissors
3. Tape
4. A marker or pencil
5. Pink and white construction paper
6. Ribbon

...and this is how I did it:

I took a piece of cardboard and cut it into a wreath template. I then divided it into roughly equal sections so that I would know where to alternate my tissue paper colours.

Next, I used this technique (similar to what I did for the invitations) in a mini version to make several pink and white pom-poms. 

I taped them to the wreath (two in each divided section) and then fluffed them up really well to hide the tape. I switched to the opposite colour and repeated in the next section. I kept doing this until the wreath was full.

I poked a hole through the cardboard underneath the tissue paper and pulled a ribbon through. Finally, I curled the ribbon and hung it on my door.

...but it just didn't look "ballerina-y" enough.

So, I added some slippers.

I printed out a picture of some ballet shoes, and traced them onto cardboard. I cut out the cardboard tracing, and traced again onto pink construction paper. I then tried to create the inside of the shoe out of white construction paper.

I attached the construction paper cut-outs with tape, and used a pencil to make four small holes in the shoes. Finally, I strung pink ribbon through the shoes in a criss-cross pattern to resemble real ballet shoes. I made sure to leave enough ribbon hanging to attach them to the wreath.

I attached the shoes through another hole under the tissue paper, and was all finished!

It finally screamed "ballerina"!

...and I made sure to curl the ribbon well.

So easy!


  1. OMG sooo cute. My daughter is having her recital this weekend this will be so cute to put on her door for when she wakes up :) Thanks for the great idea.

    1. No problem! I'm so glad you like it! I hope she has an awesome recital. xo


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