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For the end of dance season I wanted to make the girls’ dance teacher a gift. Since her company was so new I figured a dance inspired wreath would be nice. She could hang it up in the studio when she gets a permanent place. Or until then she can easily relocate the wreath for classes or recitals.
To make the wreath I used some of her favorite things like sparkles and feathers and pink. I was going for a tu-tu kind of look. Every recital costume she picked out had tu-tus made of tulle and feathers. So I was trying to channel those into the wreath.
Celebrate a special dance teacher or dancer with this fun and easy to make dance inspired wreath. From the tiny dance shoes to the fan of pink and purple tulle and feathers this wreath is reminiscent of dance costumes.
Dance Inspired Wreath
- Wooden wreath form (I used a big one from Micheal’s)
- Sparkly pink tulle
- Sparkly purple tulle
- Feather boa in pink
- Feather boa in purple
- Baby doll ballet slippers
- Baby doll tap shoes
- Thin black ribbon
- Staple gun and staples
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- 2.5 inch stickers
- Wide eye needle
- Craft glue
- Masking tape
- Rotary cutter
- To start, place stickers on cardboard to spell out the dance company name. Alternatively you could spell out your dancers name.
- Then trace the outside of the stickers.
- Carefully remove the stickers and cut out the letters and/or numbers.
- Once the cardboard characters are cut out, place one set of stickers on top of the cardboard characters. If needed glue the stickers down so that they will stay.
- Set the completed name off to the side to dry.
- Using some scrape cardboard, cut off a piece about 4 inches long.
- Starting with the sparkly pink tulle, secure the end of the tulle to the middle of the cardboard using masking tape. Then wrap the tulle completely around the length of the cardboard. Continue wrapping the tulle around the cardboard until you have finished the entire roll. Use the rotary cutter to cut the tulle where the masking tape is. Next remove all layer of tulle.
- Then repeat step 7 with the sparkly purple tulle roll. Once finished place all pieces of tulle off to the side.
- Cut off about 2.5 inches of twine. And make a loop out of it then tie a knot at the end. Set off to the side.
- Heat up the hot glue gun.
- Use the measuring tape to figure out the diameter of your wooden wreath form if it’s not on the wreath.
- Measure the ribbon at about half the diameter plus an inch. Then cut the ribbon.
- Using the wide eye needle thread the black ribbon on to it. Also tie a knot on the other end of the ribbon.
- Then starting on the inside of the tap shoe at the back seam push the needle up. Pull the ribbon all the way through stopping just before the knot. Then place a dollop of hot glue on the inside of the shoe around the ribbon. Make sure to pull the ribbon knot against the hot glue.
- Before putting the other shoe on tie a knot a couple of inches above the other shoe.
- Then starting on the inside of the other tap shoe at the back seam push the needle up. Pull the ribbon all the way through stopping just before the knot. Then place a dollop of hot glue on the inside of the shoe around the ribbon. Make sure to pull the ribbon knot against the hot glue.
- Next take the needle off the ribbon and tie a knot at the end of it.
- Using the ribbons on the ballet shoes line them up so that one hangs lower than the other. Similarly to the way the tap shoes hang. Then tie the ballet shoe ribbons into a knot.
- Starting at what will be the top of your wreath, line up your shoes ribbons on the wreath form. Once you are happy with the placement fold the ribbons over to the back. Place the twine loop on top of the ribbons. Make sure the loop is pointed to the top. Using the staple gun staple the ribbons and twine down right above the knots. Then cut off any extra hanging ribbon. Also you can apply a glob of hot glue on top of the staple to make sure the ribbons stay in place.
- Now take a piece of pink tulle and pinch it so that there is a long and short. Apply a dot of hot glue to the wreath form and place the piece of tulle long side down on front. Then staple the tulle down so that it stays folded with a short and long side.
- Repeat with a piece of purple tulle.
- Continue alternating between the tulle colors until you have reached the starting point. You may have leftover tulle.
- If available tie the one side of the string ends of the feather boas together. Then twist the feather boas together.
- Fold the tied string end of the feather boas under the wreath form to the back of the wreath. Then staple the string end down. Also you can apply a glob of hot glue on top of the staple to make sure the string stay in place.
- Back on the front of the wreath, start where your feather boa is attached to the wreath. On top of the staples for the tulle run a fat line of hot glue a couple of inches long and press the feather boa into it.
- Repeat until you have reached the beginning of your boas. Fold the boas to the back of the wreath. Staple the boas down in the back and then tie a knot just past the staple. Cut any remaining boa off. Also you apply a glob of hot glue on top of the staple and the ends of the boas to make sure they stay in place.
- Flip the wreath back over. At the bottom of the wreath carefully fold the feathers back to expose the string if possible. Then staple the feather boas down. Repeat in 2 to 3 other places.
- Now take your letter and/or numbers and place them on the wreath. Once you are happy with the placement of them use the hot glue to secure them to the wreath.
- Finally let your wreath dry so you can hang it up.
While it seems like a lot of steps to complete it only took about a hour total. I divided it up in to stages over the coarse of a couple of days.
I loved how the wreath turned out and so did the dance teacher. The dance inspired wreath made a fantastic gift along with this ballet composition notebook so she can plan next year’s recital in it.
Have a great day!
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Susan Davis says
You are so creative! And thoughtful!