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Ballerina Puppets

Ballerina Puppets

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Craft a troupe of tiny dancers for your fingertips.


  • Poster board
  • Markers (or construction paper, glue and googly eyes)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fingernail polish


Ballerina Puppets - Step 1

Sketch a simple ballerina silhouette on the poster board. Draw the head, torso and arms held upright (called en couronne), but do not include the legs.

Ballerina Puppets - Step 2

Cut out the sketch. Draw on a hairdo, facial features and a leotard with colored markers or glue on construction paper clothes and googly eyes.

Near the lower edge of the torso, cut out a pair of legholes for your fingers to fit through.

For a frilly tutu, use an 18- by 3-inch strip of bubble wrap. Thread a pipe cleaner through one long edge, gathering the bubble wrap as you go. Then wrap the tutu around the ballerina's waist and twist together the pipe cleaner ends behind her back.

Turn your fingernails into a pair of ballet slippers by brushing on a coat of satiny polish.