Friday, April 15, 2011

Ballet at Play in a Thrifty Way

Hello friends!  I must say how I've enjoyed reading your spring blog posts lately.  Inspiration abounds!
I've mentioned before that my sweet little girl's room is getting touches of ballet-inspired decor.  I stumbled across this pale pink frame at the thrift store for $1, and thought I'd fill it with ballet art.  Specifically, some ballet paper dolls.  I bought a ballet paper doll book on Ebay for a few $, then traced the main body form onto two pieces of card stock.  I picked 3 lovely outfits from the book to display on these forms.  Once I chose the outfits, I simply covered the exposed areas with vintage book pages and pink glitter.  Voila!  Instant ballet art:

Here is the original doll:

And here are my copies:

This glitter trophy was also a $1 thrift store find.  Inside I placed some ballet cupcake toppers with tulle.  The adorable pair of ballet pictures was an inexpensive find on Etsy:

This round box covered in vintage wallpaper was a whopping $2, and I made the embroidered pillow & heart last year.

This "A" ornament was heavily reduced at Pottery Barn after Christmas.  I simply strung pink ribbon through it to place on my daughter's cute shelf:

Pretty soon I'll share the room in its' entirety once I tidy up the floor (you can relate, I'm sure).
I'll be linking to Beverly's "Pink Saturday" party to share these thrifty finds.  Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Wow Susan,
I love the ballerina's they are beautifully done!!
Her room is just lovely!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

How pretty! My daughter has a lovely pink room and is a dancer. We never thought of making her a ballet room. Such a sweet design. Your artwork is inspired!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! You did a great job :) I have an "A" daughter too...her name is Avalon Grace.

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Jennifer said...

Happy Pink Sat,Such a beautiful idea.I love ballet things.I wish I had kept more of my stuff now.Stop by if u have time,it was nice visiting ur blog.Jen

Catherine Denton said...

I love your ballet girls. What a creative way to hang them! You thrift store style is alluring.
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Cindy Lew's Studio said...

I love the room decor, it is so beautiful and love all your finds also. Where did you get the crown if you don't mind me asking, I just love it. It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to the complete view of the room.

Have a wonderful PS and an awesome week.
Warm Wishes, CindyLew

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Hi Susan and Happy Pink Saturday! I love what you've done with your homemade ballet art! Such a creative use of the paper dolls and their outfits and that great frame that you found! I can't wait to see the full reveal of the room.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a cute theme for a girls bedroom!! I love how you dressed your ballerina's! You did a great job!

I DO identify with you on cleaning up the floor. Everything ends up on my "A"' s floor!!

HAve a great weekend, Susan!


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Susan!

I love your artwork!
I am looking forward to seeing the whole room!

I must say I passed on a Santos like doll at HG, on sale the other day. Now seeing your beautiful one in your header I am kicking myself!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Very nice blog I like your santo doll Laura

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Wow, you are crafty AND thrifty! I guess I'll have to pick your brain concerning my own home. I'm trying to freshen up my nest with some change and I could use some frugal ideas. :) Oh, and concerning the french laundry basket, you can email me at if you're still interested. Hope to hear from you soon. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings and Hugs,

Anonymous said...

I love the sprinklings of ballet touches throughout! I am desperately waiting for the day my daughter will grow out of her "tom-boy" phase and into the girly phase so that I can try a similar look....though I'm not sure it will ever happen:)



Sherry Hicks said...

I love the prints, Beautiful!
Happy Pink Saturday

m.lisa said...

So dainty and feminine to reflect your beautiful, daughter. You are already inspiring her by your artistry! xo MLG

Pamela said...

This is just beautiful Susan!
I love love anything ballet. How wonderful that your daughter loves girly things!
Pamela ox

Marie said...

Oh I'm so excited to see your daughter's ballerina room Susan! I love girls' rooms with themes and ballerina's are one of my faves.

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