Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tulle Ballet Wreath - Dance Teacher Gift Idea

I adore my daughter's ballet teacher.  Jennifer is the owner of the dance studio and the director of the Ensemble Dance Company for which my daughter dances.  She has been a role model and teacher to Emma for five years now.

With another dance year coming to an end, we wanted to give Jennifer a gift to show our appreciation for her and all of her hard work.  You can't see these tulle wreaths that are everywhere in bloggyville without thinking of a dance tutu.  And when I found some miniature pointe shoes at my local dance shop, I knew that I wanted to make a Tulle Ballet Wreath for Jennifer.

It was a quick project that you can make for your favorite dance teacher or even for your favorite dancer!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 8" metal macrame ring (I got mine at Joann Fabric & Craft store, but you can also find them here on
  • Light pink tulle - (2) 6" wide spools (again, I found mine at Joann's in the wedding section.  I used a little more than one spool for the wreath.)
  • 2 pointe shoe keychains (I got mine at a local dance store but I also found them here on
  • scissors
  • decorative ribbon for hanging (I used a 16" piece of pink ribbon with brown polka-dots)
  • white craft paint (if you want to cover the label inside the shoes)
  • needle and thread   

8" Metal Macrame Ring

Minishooz Pointe Shoe Keychain

Cut the tulle into 12" strips and tie a lark's head knot around the ring with each strip of tulle.  This is what a lark's head knot looks like:
If you need instructions on how to tie this type of knot, you can find them here.

Once you've gone all the way around the ring with the strips of tulle, take the ribbon that you're going to use for hanging, and loop it around the ring.  I then hand-stitched the ribbon ends together  at the point where it meets the ring.

Next, if you'd like, you can paint over the wording on the inside of the shoes.  I simply used basic white craft paint and just put a couple of coats to cover the inside.

Then I tied the two shoes together and hand-stitched them to the back of the ribbon so that they hung the way that I wanted them to.

Easy, right?  And such a beautiful gift for a dance teacher or dancer.  Thank you for stopping by today!


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  1. Oooh! I love it. It is sooo pretty. What a great gift!

  2. Oh lovely. Thoughtful and pretty all the way.

  3. I love this so much is so pretty! Jennifer is so wonderful, we adore her!! She will love this!

  4. So pretty! My girly girl would love having this in her room!

    I would love it if you'd come and share this at my new link party, Off the Hook!

  5. That's super cute! I'm sure the dance teacher loved it as well. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  6. Oh this is sooooo perfect! Definitely on my to do list!


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