This quick and easy tutorial includes a printable supply checklist, step by step instructions and FREE ballerina printouts!
We’ve included color versions of the Sugar Plum Fairy (pictured) and our “Dance of the Snowflakes” ballerina. Choose a color template or use the blank template, grab some crayons,and let imaginations soar!
BONUS: You can use the same printouts to make our adorable Nutcracker Ballerina Garland!
Level: Beginner, Time: 15-30 minutes
Glue Stick/White School Glue
Optional: Crayons, markers or colored pencils
TIP: You can substitute plain paper for cardstock in a pinch!
Step 1: Load your printer with the white cardstock (or just use plain paper) and printout the Blank Nutcracker Ballerina printout. This printout includes a blank Sugar Plum Fairy, a blank Dance of the Snowflakes ballerina and a Finger Brace Template.
- Optional: You can color in the blank ballerinas that print with the Finger Brace Template OR you can print our pre-colored versions!
- NOTE: When printing be sure to set your Size Option to “Actual Size” and Orientation to “Auto Portrait/Landscape.”
Step 2: Cut out the ballerina(s) you want to use and the Finger Brace Template. (Fig. 1a-Fig.1c)
- NOTE: If you are making more than one ballerina finger puppet, cut out the Finger Brace Template and trace as many as you need on blank paper or cardstock.
Step 3: Use your pencil or pen to roll up the Finger Brace Template (FBT) lengthwise so that it curls up about the size of a finger. (Fig. 2a-Fig. 2b)
Step 4: Wrap the curled up FBT around you or your child’s finger so that it fits snugly but gently. Tape the edges so that you have a hollow tube of paper that fits on the finger- we’ll call this the Finger Brace. (Fig. 3a-Fig. 3c)
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for as many puppets as you want to make.
Step 5: Glue your ballerina to the Finger Brace. (Fig. 4a-4b)
Repeat Step 5 for as many ballerinas and Finger Braces that you cut out.
Congratulations! Once the glue has dried, your Nutcracker Ballerinas are to take the stage!