Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kid Craft: Moving Ballerina Toy

If you haven't noticed, my favorite crafts are the ones easy to make and require basic craft supplies. Of course I appreciate craftsmanship and projects that require time and planning. However, sometimes it's nice to sit down for even 10 minutes and have an end product to show for it. Such is the case with this little tin box with a moving ballerina. Make one for a child or have a child make one for themselves. Simple directions below.

Supplies:
Candy tin - An Altoids box would work well too
Toothpick
Extra strength small magnet - can be found at the hardware store
Paperclip
Paper + colored pencils or markers to draw
Scissors
Glue

Cut toothpick to fit on one side of tin. A regular pair of scissors will cut a toothpick, you don't need anything fancy. I used some E-6000 glue to adhere the toothpick.

Fold the center of the paperclip up. Cut part of the paperclip off (refer to picture). I also coiled the bottom of the paper clip which isn't shown in this picture but can be seen in the top picture.


Create a small drawing along with a mirror image of it. Glue onto paperclip. Click on images for a larger view.

Place an extra strength magnet on the bottom and move around to move your ballerina.

When not in use, place all pieces in box and close shut. Decorate the box anyway you want. I also made an alien version. I colored the inside of the box with a sharpie to look like outer-space. There's lots of possibilities with this craft so have fun.

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24 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Oh you are clever!!! I am definitely going to make one, reminds me so much of those wind up jewellery boxes that played music box dancer.

Alexander said...

very intriguing. :) This is a neat craft, but I do not understand how does the Ballerina move. Is it in circles and what's moving it? It is the magnet? May be I'm asking to much :P

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Michelle L. said...

LOVELOVELOVE! this is the cutest thing! Your ballerina drawing is so beautiful and delicate. I'm gonna have to go with something like the alien for my nephew. Such a great idea!

Deanna said...

Oh my heavens! My littlest ballerina will LOVE this! Going to put it on the stocking stuffer list...if I can wait that long!!

miinemost said...

What a Lovely!:)

mamamajuly said...

Wow! So cute and simple - will definitely make one as soon as my youngest stops putting every tiny thing in her mouth. Thanks for this clever idea!

Pallot said...

mmm, green tea mints from trader joe's...very clever toy!

Yarny Days said...

How super cute and interesting! I love it. People do make some amazing things--as you do.

Christy said...

This is truly a wonderful piece of crafty cleverness. I'll try your tutorial ASAP. So cute!

tamdoll said...

Cute!

Moving Boxes said...

WOW! This work is just marvelous. Wonderful crafts, I must say! And the color of the box and the doll are truly nice. If we want we can make great things from simple things.

Roberta said...

This is wonderful! Every year when my daughter's ballet school performs the Nutcracker I look for an easy, mess-free craft to keep the littlest dancers occupied backstage -- I definitely will be doing this with them this year!

Nancy Ward said...

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

pyesquire said...

Really cute can it close?

Zakka Life said...

pyesquire,

Yes it can close. You just have to lay the ballerina on its side to close. However, it can't stand up while the lid is closed but could easily be made that way if you wanted.

Zakka Life said...

Alexander,

The ballerina moves when you move magnet with your hands underneath it.

Julie H. said...

My 15 yr. old is a ballerina, & I'm SO gonna make this for her for either bday (12/29) or Christmas. Hey, I was thinking: a cute addition to the tiny tin would be a mirror (possibly the unbreakable kind)glued in the lid, to add a pretty reflective dimension to the dancer! :-) Blessings - Julie H.

8happyrainbow said...

Cool idea !
Thank for sharing. :)

Jenn said...

Another good idea for this would be to glue the second magnet to something like a popsicle stick so it is easier for little hands to move around.

Zakka Life said...

Great idea Jenn!

Cris said...

What a cute idea!! Children love the magic of magnets. I like it because it doesn't require too sophisticated material. I live in Spain and it is sometimes difficult to find some of the materials for crafts I see in blogs from abroad (e.g. paint chips or food coloring).
Thanks.

Maura-Leigh said...

Wow! This is such a clever idea! My daughter is mad about ballerinas so this would be awesome!

Rachelle said...

Thanks for the idea! My daughter loves crafts and gets super bored quickly! I just made this with her, it's quick, simple and she LOVES the ballerina dancing of course. Now onto the Alien for my son. Thanks again.

Mary said...

Such a cute craft. It would be great with ice skaters in a winter setting.

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