Jewelry Box Ballerina Costume

You know those cute little jewelry boxes that had the tiny ballerina in the center that spun around and played music when you wound it up? Then you definitely understand this costume!

One of my favorite costume idea go-tos is to make something nostalgic, and this jewelry box ballerina is just that! I remember continuously winding my jewelry box up to see how many times the little ballerina would twirl! Of course never in a million years did I think I would make a costume based on that little box, but here we are! haha

This costume may seem involved to make it, but honestly it was such a breeze! It really is just a box with a little glue and paint! If you would like to make one yourself, read the steps below!


  • Large Cardboard Box
  • Acrylic Paint (I used white and pink)
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Silver Poster Board
  • Ribbon
  • Tutu
  • Leotard
  • Ballet Slippers

How To:

Step 1.) Grab your large cardboard box and cut off the access top and bottom tabs, besides one on the longest side. This one will be the back of the jewelry box where the mirror will go! Once you have cut off the extra tabs, paint the entire outside of the box white. Also paint the entire inside of the box pink (or what ever color you would like!) Allow time to dry.
Step 2.) With the extra cardboard tabs that you originally cut off, you are going to make the fronts of the drawers on the box! To do this, cut the tabs down into 4 equal rectangles that will fit within the area of the front of the box. Once cut to fit, paint the tabs white to match the remainder of the box. If you want to be fancy, paint a design on the front of the tabs (drawer fronts). Allow time to dry.
*I made one of the drawers “pop out” and look like it is open by folding the tab a bit on both sides.
Step 3.) Once all parts of the box have been painted, it’s time to assemble. Using your hot glue gun, glue the tabs (drawer fronts) onto the front panel of the box.
Step 4.) Next, take your silver poster board and cut a rounded rectangle shape out of it. This will be your mirror to go on the back panel of the box. Once cut, glue it into place.
*For a little extra cute detail, use remainder of your silver poster board to make a keyhole, hinges and/or any other metallic details.
Step 5.) Now that the box is basically assembled, you will just need to glue some ribbon on the inside of the box to use as straps!

*optional steps

I had so much fun making this costume! But to be honest, I may have had even more fun putting it on, tip-toeing and spinning around pretending to be a ballerina in it! haha

Created and photographed by Auburn Artisan

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