I have told you this before but Cotton Candy is so in to making arts and crafts projects. I try to find her little projects she can finish off by herself and be proud of but not get frustrated with. Now that the ballet season is back on I found her a little heart shaped craft box ( for like 1 €) to keep her ballet bun accessories in. She loved making it so I thought I would share the project. It was simple but turned out pretty and useful. I know we have like a million little tins and old Ladurée boxes she could use for this but it´s always lovely to see when they are so proud of what they made. It´s also a useful skill to know how to do things yourself and not always buy something new. It might also be cute to make something like this as the wrapping for a friend´s birthday present if you gave something small like a wooden bracelet.
So here is what we used:
A small white cardboard box
pencils and a felt pen
Mod Podge ( a sort of glue that also gives a glossy lacquered like finish to products)
First she coloured the box with a pencil and wrote her name on top with a felt pen. You could also use crayons or watercolours. Then she glued some stickers on the box. I keep a good stash of stickers for the girls so we just found some with ballerinas on them. She also wanted to add a butterfly sequin on the lid. We finished the box with Mod Podge to give it a glossy finish and to help it last longer. I also helped her with some glitter we added on the sides of the lid. We let that dry for a while and added another layer of Mod Podge so it would not fall off and be all over her ballet clothes. All in all it was a super easy and cute project. And now she has a place to keep all her pins and hairnets.
On next week´s ballet class her teachers is shoving us parents how to make a real ballerina bun with a hair net and pins. I must say that is one class I could skip and be sure not to fail. After making ballet buns for myself almost daily for many many years I can still do it with my eyes closed in 30 seconds. A ballerina bun is actually one of the prettiest hairstyles in my opinion. So classy if it´s done right. My friend once said to me a long time ago ( we were in high school I think) that only people with really pretty faces can pull off a tight pony tail or a ballerina bun but I personally think it looks fresh on almost everyone.
Have a sweet day!