Make a Ballet Barre for Under 50 Bucks, 31 Actually

Warming up with a new $31 barre.

My daughter loves to practice ballet at home when she isn’t in the studio, but has a hard time really doing much since she needs a ballet barre for most things these days. 
The problem is that for a family on a budget it’s difficult to shell out anywhere between $99 and $300 to have a barre at home.

Thanks to my daughter’s YouTube addiction, we were able to make a lightweight, ballet barre out of PVC pipe and parts for $31. Price will vary depending on store and location, I’m sure. Oh, here’s that video we found that inspired us.

I had a great time heading off to Lowe’s with Emma to get the parts we needed to make this barre a reality. We almost came home with a 15-foot inflatable Nutcracker, too.
Almost ditched the project for this guy.

We worked together to budget the project, gather supplies, measure the pieces, and I handled the cutting with some help from Olivia. Good family fun I’d say.

Who said hardware stores were only for men?

Tools Used

  • Measuring tape
  • Sharpie marker
  • Hacksaw
  • Patience
Supplies purchased
All PVC pipe diameters were 1.25 inches.
  • 2 x elbows
  • 4 tees
  • 4 5’ PVC pipes
  • 4 caps

Hardware store PVC haul.

Made a few cuts with a hacksaw. Didn’t glue anything together just yet.
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