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Bead Ballerina

Bead Ballerina
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 4y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Stephanie Sims
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Using wire for these pretty dancers will make a poseable ballerina -- use elastic bead string to make bouncy ones!

How We Did It

Bead Ballerina
If you don't have an extra large button, you can make one easily out of clay or paper.
Bead Ballerina

I cut a 12-inch or so piece of wire and folded it in half. I showed Maddie how to not pull the bead all the way through the end,

Bead Ballerina

then we tucked a rubber band through the end to make a stop point.

Bead Ballerina
We made the arms next.... I cut another piece of wire to about eight inches, then she just wrapped it once around the wires, just below the head.
Bead Ballerina
Maddie chose a long glass bead for the body, and threaded it on through both ends of the wire. Next came the tutu! One wire end through each buttonhole.
Bead Ballerina

The legs were finished, and wrapped and tucked in, then finally the arms. "I have to find something fancy first," she said, "for big, puffy sleeves!"

Bead Ballerina
All finished! And ready for the stage!


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