Ballet Barre for dolls

So, I'm very excited about this week's craft! To round out our mini-series of ballerina/dance crafts, I thought it would be fabulous to make a barre -- there are almost no tutorials online about how to make your doll a ballet barre, and this version is sturdy, looks great, and goes together pretty easily!

Want to get started? All you need is a few things from the hardware store. 

I'm using 1/2" PVC pipe for this project. One 5' length should be plenty! You'll also need two T joins, two 3-way elbow joins, two 45 degree joins, two straight connectors, and two end caps. This goes without saying, but make sure all your fittings are the right size for your pipe, and that they're all 'slip joins', not threaded.

Next, cut your pipe into sections. You can use a hacksaw for this, but I like to use a ratcheting pipe cutter. It's much cleaner, safer, and tidier. (And you can do it in your living room, instead of having to resort to the garage!) 

Cutting the pieces above will get you a basic barre. If you want to add the second, lower barre, you'll need another piece of pipe 17" long.

I wanted my barre to look rather fancy, so I painted my pipe and fittings.

If you want to add the second, lower barre, now's the time to add some extra, special fittings! You'll need something that looks and works rather like this (I believe it's called a 'split ring hanger'). Drill a hole in your straight connectors, and attach the split ring hanger.

Next, lay out all your pipe pieces, as shown in this picture. Start putting everything together!

And, if you're doing the second barre, go ahead and attach that using the other half of your split ring hanger fittings.

And there you have it! A finished ballet barre, just the right size for your 18" doll! 

Happy dancing, and be sure to let us know in the comments if you make this!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Wanna win this ballet bar? I made it just for this tutorial, and I'd love to send it to one lucky winner!

To enter, just leave a comment below, finishing this sentence: 

"My favorite dance move is...."

We'll pick a winner on Tuesday, July 7th, and get in touch via email. 

Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


100 Comments

Margaret Haffner
Margaret Haffner

July 05, 2015

My favourite dance move is the Chicken Dance, LOL!

Lisa
Lisa

July 05, 2015

My favorite dance move is a twirl!

Jessica
Jessica

July 04, 2015

“My favorite dance move is watching my daughters dance!

Cindy
Cindy

July 04, 2015

my favorite dance moves are the ones my granddaughter does when she does her floor routine in gymnastics competitions. She’s awesome.

Kate
Kate

July 04, 2015

I always loved doing a tour jete. “step, together, step, kick, turn”. Man. . . over 30 years and it’s still ingrained in the brain!
Thanks for doing the tutorial! The barre looks grand, and I’m sure lots of dolls will now be getting their stretch on!
(It just dawned on me, I didn’t really follow directions! lol. So, “My favorite dance move is a tour jete” :)

Doreen Garrett
Doreen Garrett

July 04, 2015

I think all the moves are great, it is so beautiful to watch the ballerina move so the barre is a must. Thank you for all your good work and for freeby Friday, you give so much back to use I am so happy to be your customer also you are so helpful and you do so much for charity. God bless you

Rhonda
Rhonda

July 04, 2015

My favorite dance move is the grand jete. But all ballet moves are simply beautiful!

Robyn
Robyn

July 04, 2015

I couldn’t say my ‘favorite’ dance move but have to agree that any moves my granddaughters make in ballet are my favorites!

Jane Kennedy
Jane Kennedy

July 04, 2015

Mu daughter was an excellent gymnast and was good in all the events. When she did her bars routine, I was especially proud of her gracefulness and talent. She now has her own daughters and bars is still my favorite to watch.

Judy
Judy

July 04, 2015

My favorite dance move is any that my granddaughter does.

Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown

July 04, 2015

my favorite dance move is the twist,,,,,,,, like u did last summer baby lol also a song, and I love ball room dancing

Cheryl
Cheryl

July 04, 2015

The good old country two-step for me. :o)

Linda DuBos
Linda DuBos

July 03, 2015

My favorite ballot dance move was the stag leap. I felt as though I was gracefully flying through the air and across the floor. You’ll note I said “was my favorite”. At 69 it would be more of a jump and thump. LOL.

Peggy
Peggy

July 03, 2015

I’m not a dancer but love watching the waltz and any dance my grandaughter is doing! she will love working the barre with her doll!

Mary M
Mary M

July 03, 2015

shuffle, ball change! (At least that is what my granddaughter is learning,lol)!

Judith
Judith

July 03, 2015

I love the waltz. I can’t dance but the waltz is so beautiful!

Marilyn
Marilyn

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the tour jete. I am 68 years old but I remember the joy I felt as a child when I danced. I still love to dance, although arthritis has put me on the sidelines for now. I am hoping to get back to it soon. I took dancing lessons for 9 years and had many solo numbers. Doing the tour jete almost made me feel like I could fly. I would fling my body into the air and at the highest point I seemed to almost float in space until gravity brought me back to earth. My granddaughters love to dance and one of them has been in several ballets. Her American Girl doll also loves to dance and could really use the ballet barre to practice her moves.

Brenda
Brenda

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a pirouette . Especially when done by my daughter on Pointe!

Anne C-E
Anne C-E

July 03, 2015

Tour jete I love to watch it but I cannot do it.

springg
springg

July 03, 2015

my favorite dance move is the one im going to get to watch my daughter do if i can get this made for her :)

Sandy
Sandy

July 03, 2015

Such a good idea, for a doll to spark exercise activities for girls.

Rose
Rose

July 03, 2015

Being a “baby boomer” my favorite dance moves are the jitter bug and especially the twist. Can’t wait to make this.

Rose
Rose

July 03, 2015

Being a "baby boomer

Tania B
Tania B

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is when my daughter practices her plies. So cute and she tries so hard.

janet S
janet S

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is not ballet… it is the Tango dip! I would love this barre for my granddaughter – gotta make one

Heather
Heather

July 03, 2015

My favourite dance move is the Lindy Hop as a breakout dance while doing the jitterbug or incorporated into west coast swing. Boy, it would be fun to get out and dance again!

Barb M.
Barb M.

July 03, 2015

I’m as clumsy as they come, but I love to watch any dance moves and pretend to be graceful! I guess my favorite would be the dances from the Nutcracker, from the start to the finale of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. At least every other year since she was old enough to sit and concentrate, I’ve taken my granddaughter to see it locally produced, even though she’s 21 now! We have a movie version for the years it isn’t produced that we watch at Christmas. But—I also enjoy all the new dance moves in the movies she takes me to see! All dance is amazing!

This barre is just beautiful and much more affordable than the brand name pieces like you could get with Isabelle last year. I’ll be giving it a try as I’m trying to set up a “studio” for Isabelle w/o purchasing the big cabinet or the equipment. Thank you for this freebie and for all of them!

Dana
Dana

July 03, 2015

This is so cute! I love the silver clamps for detail! It looks easy to do too! Great job!

Linda K
Linda K

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the electric slide

Haylee
Haylee

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a pirouette with a double twist and jump! When someone does this dance move it just looks so elegant that it makes my heart beat faster than anything in this world! Thanks for having this giveaway and good luck to everyone who enters!!

Julie Barlocher
Julie Barlocher

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the twist. It’s the first dance move I remember doing as a little girl……..too many years ago to tell you what year! LOL

Barbara Corbin
Barbara Corbin

July 03, 2015

It is really nice to have a tutorial accessory with a photo of the finished product, and know that it will be a great accessory for the doll.
Jody
Jody

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the sprinkler ? I love doing it just embarrass the kids.

Margaret
Margaret

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the cha-cha!

Stephsgotit
Stephsgotit

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance more is a Maya. Executed properly it’s a beautiful fluid movement!

Thanks for the tutorial!

Donna
Donna

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the “Teacup Chain”. It is actually a square dance move. If you have never seen it, you should check it out. It is a beautiful sequence.

This ballet barre is so pretty. I love the blue color.

Vickie
Vickie

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance is jazz. I love the upbeat dances and and music.

Sandy
Sandy

July 03, 2015

My Favorite Dance Move Is “THE CARLTON”!!!!!

Mary
Mary

July 03, 2015

The Twist!

Celeste
Celeste

July 03, 2015

3 yr. olds in butterfly costumes doing plies.

MonicaAD
MonicaAD

July 03, 2015

The Swan!!! :)

15DollsAndCounting
15DollsAndCounting

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the relevé. (en pointe)
Pam
Pam

July 03, 2015

I love to watch pirouettes. I watched by daughter when she was young and now watching my granddaughter at ballet class. This is the cutest thing ever. The barre would be ideal for her and the american girl doll.

 Bea Gallo-Ray
Bea Gallo-Ray

July 03, 2015

I love 50’s and 60’s music and enjoyed dancing to these back in my day! This music still makes my heart dance!

Angelica
Angelica

July 03, 2015

My favourite dance move has to be the three step waltz. I remember when I was a little girl, my mother would love to dance. Whenever she played her records, she would put on a waltz. I loved to dance, so she would grab me and dance with me. Not only did she teach me to waltz but also the polka. She past away a few years ago but I will always remember her and I dancing together. I am so glad she had taught me these steps.

Danielle Tague
Danielle Tague

July 03, 2015

I am trying to remember the name of the dances from when my husband and I took ballroom dance classes but I can’t. Mommy brain. :). I have two left feet so it was kind of funny to do but I enjoyed them all. As for watching other people I love the waltz.

Michelle
Michelle

July 03, 2015

My Great Niece is 4 years old and loves to dance, especially ballet moves. Her Grandmother bought the doll and I am making the clothing and accessories. This has been a lot of fun and a challenge too since I had never sewn anything this small before.

Thresea Wright
Thresea Wright

July 03, 2015

I don’t dance! But my granddaughter does.

Jessica
Jessica

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is watching others! My daughter is going to start dance lessons this year and I will love watching her! Thanks for a chance to win! I know she would love this!

Alice
Alice

July 03, 2015

I love to dance but really love watching the ball room dancing competitions on tv.

Christina
Christina

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is slow dancing cheek-to-cheek in my husband’s arms.

Lisa
Lisa

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is shuffle, ball change.

Donna G.
Donna G.

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is anything from the 50s and 60s….the twist, the fly, the stroll. Love those dances!

Kathy Bryant
Kathy Bryant

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the pirouette

Dawn
Dawn

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is all of them! I love to dance

Hanna Q
Hanna Q

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the grapevine! I always loved when our choreographer put one in our routines.

Jo
Jo

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the polka.

Jo
Jo

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the polka.

Rena
Rena

July 03, 2015

Oh my gosh! I don’t dance much, but I love all kinds of dance. Every movement is an expression of the dancer. The dances of the Roaring 20’s, the 50’s, to the dances of 2015. (Meghan Trainor brings it! ;)) But being 7/8 Native American, I have to choose Fancy Shawl. (If your not sure what this is, please look it up) That’s when the dancer mimics a butterfly’s movements. This is the dance that I dance. All of our Native dances have a meaning and our dancers execute them with such grace. As do all dancers across all dance genres.
<3 to all dancers out there!
Rena?

Pat
Pat

July 03, 2015

I love it when my little ballerina granddaughters run across the stage and leap! and they would love the ballet bar for their dolls, who just received ballet outfits, including slippers made from a pattern from L.J., to celebrate their end of school year recital.

Crystal
Crystal

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the Tap Dance. This is so perfect for any little girl and her doll!

Lucy A
Lucy A

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the jete. (Sorry, french is not on the computer to give it the accent grave that it needs.)

Timmie McBride
Timmie McBride

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the pirouette.

Shirley Clark
Shirley Clark

July 03, 2015

I love it when they do a Fouette Turn over and over! Shows great balance!

Aimee
Aimee

July 03, 2015

My younger sister is taking ballet, and I’m sure she would LOVE this for her doll. Personally, I love anything ballet. It’s so graceful.

Hannah
Hannah

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a shuffle step.

Mary
Mary

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance moves were my dad’s & watching him move my mom around the dance floor. I love making doll clothes & accesories. Can’t wait to try this.

Dana
Dana

July 03, 2015

Great project to get ready for some handmade Christmas gifts! I like the option of painting to customize it for your child.

Lori Straley
Lori Straley

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a Tour Jette. It always looks fance and polished. It makes me feel like a real ballerina.

Julieta Flores
Julieta Flores

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a plíe.

Lea Ann R
Lea Ann R

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the two-step!! NOT that I can do it, but I love to watch!!

Crystal
Crystal

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the Tap Dance. This is so perfect for any little girl and her doll!

Evelyn
Evelyn

July 03, 2015

I love the pirouette. And I love watching ballet.

Kathy O in GA
Kathy O in GA

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is any that my daughter is doing! All grown up now, she mainly uses her barre for barre method exercise! My Samantha doll needs one of these! Thank you for the great tutorial, just in case I don’t win, wink wink!

Melissa Bertrand
Melissa Bertrand

July 03, 2015

Favourite dance is the chicken dance with my kids!! :)

Suzi
Suzi

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is watching others dance!!

Lynne Thompson
Lynne Thompson

July 03, 2015

I love to dance! I love the rhythm and the feel of dance. Any dance is fine with me. My favourite move in a ballet is a pirouette up high on the toes.

I also love this give away! Thank you for doing this.

Sharon
Sharon

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move would be the waltz or anything ballet is beautiful, too. Love all your patterns and ideas – you are such an inspiration!

hannah f.
hannah f.

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the Carlton (Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bell Airs dance move).

Love this dance bar – it is exactly what my girls need!

Sophie T
Sophie T

July 03, 2015

Wow! Your barre looks fabulous and I love how you painted it and made it look so real! The “metal” parts are especially impressive!

My favorite dance move is anything ballet. I especially like when they are on pointe shoes.

Cathy brockman
Cathy brockman

July 03, 2015

Let’s Twerk it?

Michelle
Michelle

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is any move that makes my heart & soul happy!

Terry
Terry

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the Plie

Teri S.
Teri S.

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance moves are anything from the “Pride and Prejudice” era. I love they way the dancers had to coordinate and the beauty of the flow of movement. Of those dances I think I like the country dances the best (where couples formed two lines and you danced down the middle).

Barb
Barb

July 03, 2015

My Granddaughter loves dance and gymnastics, she would just love this for her collection.

Terry
Terry

July 03, 2015

oh my gosh! So cute, all my nieces dance! They would love it

Karen M.
Karen M.

July 03, 2015

My granddaughter is in tap, ballet and pre-point classes. I love any move she makes, or tries to make!!!

Diana
Diana

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is the Arabesque. It is sooooo graceful. Our 3 year old granddaughter is hilarious when dancing this move.

Chris
Chris

July 03, 2015

My grand baby would love this!

Barbara Lipovics
Barbara Lipovics

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move to do is Ron du Jambe. I started taking ballet lessons this year (I’m 65) and I love this move because I can do it!

Sarah
Sarah

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is anything tap. Of course, it’s always better if it’s being done by Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire and NOT me! ;)

Gerry Thompson
Gerry Thompson

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is a pirouette.

Marian
Marian

July 03, 2015

Having danced for years I always found leaps of all kinds to be my favorite dance moves. It seemed you could slip the “surly bonds of Earth” if only for a moment. A feeling of freedom and flight is exhilarating. This barre reminds me of the many house one spends in dance class at the barre, both happiness to be there and the thrill of the upcoming lesson.

Gail Orr
Gail Orr

July 03, 2015

My favourite dance move is locking. I love to watch the dancers performing this move on So You Think You Can Dance.

Chloe
Chloe

July 03, 2015

Well, since I’m looking into being a professional dancer, I’ll have to go with an actual dance move from class. XD haha. My favorite dance move is probably Fouetté turns en pointe, or a Grand Jete (Leap). If we aren’t counting that, then I’ll go with the sprinkler/the lawnmower.

Ah, this is so exciting! I’ve always wanted to have a ballet bar for my dolls!.

Mary
Mary

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is my brother-in-law doing “the worm” at weddings!

Jeanie
Jeanie

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move is watching my granddaughter dance! She won the “Born to Dance” award at the last competition! She preformed a wonderful ballet routine to “Let it Go” from Forzen!

Thelma Lockhart
Thelma Lockhart

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance is the Jitter Bug. If I won, my granddaughter would get this for her doll. She would jitter bug with me if she got it. If I don’t win, we will make one together as she is on her way to stay with me for the net 2 weeks. We will have a doll tea party with my great-nieces. This was being planned for when my granddaughter would be here. The date is July 10th for the Tea Party. The girls will make Boogie Boards and maybe ballerina balance beams. I made them ballerina outfits already which they have.

Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith

July 03, 2015

My favorite dance move would have to be the running man.

Annie Dee
Annie Dee

July 03, 2015

A Plié!! After all this time, it’s the only move I remember!

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