DIY Miniature Nutcracker Dance Studio

Nutcracker Dance Studio Doll Room for Elves and Barbies // Free printables // In Our Pond

I've had this dance studio in process since last Christmas!  I did the printables for it last January, and just now got around to putting it all together.  I built this to use as a background for our Elf on the Shelf, JOY, when she teaches us about the Nutcracker like she did last year.  With the new Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie out in theaters now, this is a great year to introduce your kids to the classic ballet.

To allow the ballet studio to be easy to store, I used a Small Tri-Fold Presentation Board, which stands 14" tall and is 24" wide.  It's a great size for fashion dolls and elves.  First, I used plain computer paper and a glue stick to cover the edges of the board.  It creates a nice edge and gets you used to cutting and gluing on the cardboard.

Nutcracker Dance Studio printables for an Elf doll room // In Our Pond

Next, I used the wallpaper printable that I made to cover the inside of the board.  It took a bit of creativity to make the patterns match up, but it wasn't too hard.  If you had another scene on the inside of the tri-fold board, you could put just one wallpaper print on back of the board.  You could also add the wallpaper to both sides to make more than one room.  I made the printable 8.5x14" (legal size) so the pages should fit well on the tri-fold board.

Then, it's time to decorate!  I've included several fun signs that you can attach to the walls or make freestanding.  I intend to add a fake mirror with scrapbook paper after a trip to the craft store.  Since I want the board to store flat, I decided not to attach anything bulky to the walls like a practice bar.  If you decide to make a free-standing bar or turn this into a box room, check out the ballet studio by My Froggy Stuff for an awesome tutorial.

Easy doll or elf costume for the Nutcracker // In Our Ppnd

You can make a simple ballet costume for your doll by adding strips of pink tulle to an elastic hair band.  For our JOY elf in the picture above, I also added a bit of lace to her crown for a Sugar Plum Fairy look.

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