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Clothespin Ballerina Ornament

I’m simply smitten with this little ballerina ornament! Isn’t she a cutie? Wait until you read what went into making her!

  • clothespin
  • pipe cleaner
  • embroidery floss
  • cotton ball
  • glue
  • paint


I actually started this ornament by making the arms. All you have to do is wrap a piece of pipe cleaner, about 4 inches, with the embroidery floss. (Psst, prepare to see other projects using this technique!)

Making the arms

Once it was completely covered I wrapped the two ends together, making an oval shape.  I tied off the floss and used a tiny dap of fabric glue to hold the knot in place. 

Next up I took the clothespin apart, flipped it around, and glued the two pieces of wood together.

Painting the body

I’m not the best at painting and I couldn’t find my tiny brushes (One guess where they were-gotta love kids that steal your art supplies.). Anyway, paint on a face, hair, leotard, and shoes. If you’re feeling adventurous I’d recommend pretty lace-up slippers, um, I wasn’t feeling adventurous.

I attached the arms by folding the pipe cleaner and sticking it in one of the holes between the two clothespin.

Inserting the arms

I thought I was going to have trouble with that darn tu-tu again but after cleaning up the bathroom it finally hit me, why not just use a cotton ball?

It was easy to shape into a kind of doughnut and actually stuck to the wood of the clothespin so there was no need to add any glue.

Adding the tutu

It wasn’t exactly as I planned but it was still definitely tree-worthy! So I guess two out three ornaments this week isn’t doing too bad!

Next week not only will I be bringing you three more ornament ideas I’m also going to be sharing a DIY gift idea as part of the 99+Handmade Gifts Week being hosted by 365 Days of Crafts and Always Expect Moore. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Speaking of fun holiday projects, did you catch my Winter Wonderland Wreath over at Create.Craft.Love.? Jill is hosting a month-long Winter Wreath Workshop you’ll want to be sure to check out!


Erin Sipes
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