Make Your Own Ballet Mirror and Practice Bar


Karen here and today I wanted to share with you a fun dollar store craft you can make for your dolls. This Ballet Mirror and Practice Bar is made from items I got at the dollar store and duct tape I got from To make your own you will need:

  • 1 large empty cracker box or cereal box that will fit the back of your mirror and help it stand up. If you are using a cereal box you may wish to add some rocks at the bottom to give it some weight.
  • 1 framed mirror from the dollar store (mine measured 14 inches high by 11 inches wide and cost $1.25)
  •  2 self-adhesive hooks
  •  1 wooden dowel 12 inches long
  •  A ruler
  •  1 yard of tulle
  • Gem stickers
  • 1 roll of duct tape (I got mine from
  • 1 roll of packing tape
  • 1 scissors
  • Your Doll

Step 1- Assemble all your supplies and tape your cracker box closed as shown in the photo above.

Step 2- Turn your mirror face down. Make two large tape looks and place them on the back of your framed mirror as shown above.

Step 3- Carefully press the side of your box on the back of your frame and stand it up as shown, if your box is not strong enough to hold your mirror up add rocks or to the box for weight and re tape.

Step 4- Use your duct tape to cover the box, and reinforce the mirror to the box along the top. Make a small cut so that the tape along the edge will stick to the back of the mirror and the side of the box. Decorating the box makes it a pretty shelf to store your doll shoes!

Step 5- Turn the mirror around. Stand your doll up beside it to get an idea where her arm would rest on the ballet bar. Use your ruler to measure.

Step 6- Remove the backing from the hooks and place them on either side of the mirror

Step 7- Open your wooden dowel package and place the wooden dowel on the hooks.

Step 8- Use your tulle to decorate your mirror, I tied two big floppy bows and used a tape loop at each top corner to hold the bows in place. Leave a long tail of ribbon on either side to make it look like curtains.

Step 9- Use Gem stickers to embellish the tulle.


I hope you enjoyed today’s doll play craft and that you are inspired to make a Ballet Mirror and Practice Bar for your dolls. I look forward to sharing more doll play ideas with you next week! 


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  1. Emily says:

    Thats really cute Karen!I like your dolls dress too:-)

  2. Julia says:

    This craft is adorable, Karen!

  3. Natalie-AG4JESUS says:

    That’s so cute!

  4. mygirloftheyear says:

    This is a great idea! It’s adorable. :D :)

  5. Riseofthebravetangleddragons says:

    Oh that’s a-doll-able!

  6. B Hook says:

    yeah!!! Thank you so much for this craft, Karen. I was hoping someone would make a mirror, that was inexpensive to create. I love it.

  7. Kristen L. says:

    Wow, great idea!

  8. Isabella says:

    I wanted to make one but I didn’t know how. Thanks!

  9. Tony says:

    Karen – great idea! it turned out very nice : )

  10. Sharry says:

    Great alternative to AGs! Nice work!

  11. Megan!!!! says:

    This is soooo cute! I’m going to make this later. :)

  12. Karen says:

    I am so very happy you all like it! I can not wait to see how yours turn out!

  13. What a great idea and fantastic tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Abigail says:

    I love this craft!!

  15. Xyra says:

    Wonderful idea; very budget friendly.

  16. Maddie says:

    So cute I love it!

  17. Katie M. says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! :) I hoped you would do a post of how to make a barre for Izzy!

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  20. Sierra says:

    love it! :0

  21. jami says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  22. cordelia says:

    Thank you for this idea, Karen—a great craft and one that looks fun to make and use.

  23. Andrea Z says:

    My 7 year old daughter and I made this today, and it came out adorable! Total cost was $5-$10 since we had some of the ribbon, etc. Thanks so much for the great idea and tutorial!

  24. willowdepree says:

    Super cute!

  25. Fluff says:

    So cute! What a great idea!

  26. AGluverforev says:

    This will cost about $5-$10! Instead of spending $275 for AG’s! This will become helpfull for my Isabelle doll :)