Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Days of Recycled Christmas Ornaments (DIY) #9 ~ Ballerina's Dress

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Nine Ladies Dancing...

I just have to say that I LOVE this ornament!  For the 'ladies dancing' line of the song, I present to you a sweet little ballerina dress!  Its frilly and pink and made with recycled tissue and packaging.  Like most of you, I've been slowly filling the nooks and crannies of my home with gifts.  Along with each gift I buy comes a collection of pretty packaging.  For this project, I used the ribbon handles from paper shopping bags, tissue paper, and tags that would otherwise go in the trash.

You will need:
plastic hanger hook
tissue paper
beads, sequins, gemstones, etc.
hot glue gun

For the pretty little hanger, I used a plastic hook from a scarf I bought.  You can find these plastic hanger shaped pieces on practically anything that you buy.  Using wire clippers, I snipped of the ends at an angle to make it look fancy.  Its about 1.5" long.  If you can't find a plastic hanger, you can also use cardboard or wire to make a hanger shape.
 Next, look for a good piece of cardboard in the bottom of a paper shopping bag.  Cut out an hourglass shape.  This will piece be the bodice of your dress.
Find two pieces of ribbon to act as shoulder straps.  Fold the ribbons over each side of your hanger and glue in place.
Glue the ribbon straps to your cardboard bodice leaving a little space between the hanger and cardboard.  
Now its time to make the frilly tutu skirt.  Cut two strips of tissue paper (about 2-3 inches wide and a foot long) and fold them in half lengthwise.  Pinch and gather the folded edge of the tissue to create the skirt.  Use tape to attach the tissue skirt to the bottom of your bodice.  I like using tape instead of glue because its less bulky. After attaching the first layer, do the same with the other strip of tissue to form the second layer of your skirt.
Cut the ribbon handles from one of the gift bags and wrap carefully around the bodice.  Using a dab of hot glue, secure the ribbon to your bodice and begin wrapping.
Be sure to cover the cardboard completely.  Wrap the ribbon tightly around the bodice adding dabs of glue to hold it in place.  Twist the ribbon when needed to keep the hourglass shape visible.  Wrap until you cover all the cardboard and the tape that holds your skirt in place.  Tuck the edge of your ribbon under and glue in place.
Use scraps of ribbon, beads, flowers, sequins, or whatever you have to embellish your dress.  I used ribbon scraps from tags and boxes along with some rhinestones from a gift card box.
Beautiful!  Fluff up the tissue paper skirt until it looks like a dancer's frilly tutu and hang on your tree.

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