handprint ballerina tutu

This is probably one of my most favourite crafts I’ve done with Kirsten so far. This is just so cute and incredibly creative and I can’t take credit for any of it. When I posted Kirsten’s first dance recital pictures last weekend, my blogging friend Michelle, from The Nature of Grace , emailed me this adorable craft she did with her daughter. I went out that same evening and got some canvas to do this craft with Kirsten. I’m never that excited about a craft that I go get the supplies the same day. Never. Now I’m nowhere near as artistic as Michelle, so you simply must go check her version out here . Hers turned out so beautiful. Mine are more basic, because that’s about the extent of my artisticness (is that a word?). Hers are also a little neater than mine because Kirsten wasn’t too careful stamping her handprint in the tutu pattern. Oh well, she had fun with it! While you’re over there, be sure to check out some of the awesome lunches she makes too. She is one crafty mama. Here’s how to make these adorable handprint ballet tutus:

What you’ll need:

2 shades of pink paint
paint brush
pink cardstock
pink ribbon


1. fold your piece of pink cardstock in half and cut out a dance suit shape. Unfold it and your dance suit will be completely symmetrical.
2. cut a piece of pink ribbon and glue it on your body suit at the waist, folding and gluing the ends on the back side.
3. glue your dance suit on your piece of canvas
4. using your lighter shade of pink paint, stamp your child’s palm 4 times to make a tutu shape on the bottom half of the body suit
5. using your darker shade of pink paint, stamp your child’s palm 2 times to create a fuller tutu
6. cut a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow and glue it to the ribbon on the bodysuit.
7. display your beautiful masterpiece.

We made 2 and I’m not sure which one I like better. I like the tutu better on the first one and the body suit shape better on the second one. Right now, I’ve got them both up in her bedroom and she just adores them, as do I. If you’ve got a little ballerina, this is just an awesome craft to make. Thanks for sharing this awesome craft Michelle!

Idea from The Nature of Grace

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22 thoughts on “handprint ballerina tutu

  1. Tara

    Seriously, this is so cute!!! I just love all of your handprint/footprint crafts! I turn them into cards from my daughter and mail them to my grandparents and mom and they melt every time they see a new one! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jenny

    Oh my gosh! This is so cute! It’s going in my favorites so that I can remember to make it with my daughter when she’s in dance class.

  3. Michelle

    They turned out so cute!! :) You and your daughter did an awesome job! :)
    Thanks so much Jill for all the sweet comments! I was happy to share the idea, especially with someone who inspires me like you do. :)

  4. kristine

    my daughter is having a princess party next month and we’re going to do this as the craft when all the little girls arrive. even though this is a ballerina, what little 5 year old wouldn’t love it?! it’s perfect!!


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