Making fairies has been such a special project with my girls this summer. I love seeing how each of my girls play with them, make them fly, care for them, and really love them.
Once you see how it is done through these photos, I'm hoping you'll have confidence to try them yourselves. They come together pretty fast and the results are breathless. These would be so special to give to little friends who love fairies themselves.
white thread-wrapped wire (you can find at a craft store in the floral section)
unfinished wooden beads (make sure there is a continuous hole drilled through the bead to thread through)
embroidery floss for hair
artificial silk flowers, leaves, etc.
medium size pearl bead
butterfly (optional for wings)
hot glue gun
(fairy adapted from [amazon_link id="B00A17581S" target="_blank" ]Fairy Crafts[/amazon_link] by Heldi Boyd)
Wire: cut one piece 15 inches for the body and an 8 inch piece for the arms.
Fold the long piece of wire in half and set aside.
Fold the shorter piece of wire like the photo above: bringing both ends to just barely overlap in the middle. Set aside.
Carefully unravel your embroidery floss. You'll use all of it: this is your fairy's hair.
Have your child or assistant hold their fingers parallel in front of you (6-8 inches apart will give you nice long hair) as you thread around their fingers in a continuous loop.
Take the longest wire that is folded in half and slide it up under the middle of the embroidery floss as see above. Twist it off to secure the floss.
(The doll above is my doll--her hair is much shorter than I like. You can determine the length of hair based on how far apart the fingers are that you are using to loop the floss around. Having your helper's fingers a good 6-8 inches apart gives you nice long hair to really do something with.)
Cut the loops of your fairy's hair on each side.
Now thread the wooden bead through the two ends of the wire up against the hair.
Take apart your artificial flower you plan to use for your fairy. Keep all the little pieces of your flower. You may want to use them later for her hair.
Using two of the small to medium petals of your flower, thread those up to the head. I find the fairy looks better if the petals are facing downward and not upward in the fairy's face. Using a contrasting part of the flower and smaller part of the flower looks really nice threaded closet to the face.
Now secure the arms. Find the middle of the arm piece of wire (where the two ends overlap) and slide that in between the two long pieces of the body wire. Then twist a few times to secure them in place with the two long body pieces of wire.
Using your finger tips and starting in the middle of the arm piece, squeeze the arm piece together, leaving the looped ends alone to look like little hands.
Now thread your pearl bead through the body wire.
With the flower petals, begin threading them onto the body. I like starting with medium pieces and going to large petals to create a flowing skirt for the fairy.
You'll see how each size and variety of flower creates a different, beautiful fairy skirt. It is really fun to see it come together!
Now for the legs. Flip your fairy upside down.
I'm going to show you the legs on Annabelle's fairy--it is easier to see.
With the remaining wire at the bottom of your fairy, tire off a simple knot with the two pieces of wire close to the last petal you threaded. Do what you did to create the arms with the remaining wire. Fold each "leg" of wire in half and pinch down until you reach a "foot" and leave a little loop. Repeat for the other leg of wire.
Now for hair.
With the remaining parts of your flower (or other flower pieces, stems, or leaves), decide what your fairy's hair will look like.
Because my fairy's hair was so short, I began hot gluing some of the hair to the sides and back of her head. For all the fairies I like to cover the white wire in the middle of their hair. This fairy has a clip of one of the extra petals to cover it.
Then I finished gluing back her hair to be off her shoulders. With a few clipped stems and a flower, her hair was complete! I think doing the hair is the best part.
And there is my beauty! All of the fairies have been named except mine--I need to get on that. I opted not to glue a butterfly on her back as wings.
But my girls' fairies have beautiful wings.
I love my girls' fairies. Johanna's yellow fairy has beautiful, swooped up hair with decoration, Caroline's has side braids glued up and a little rose, Ainsleigh's is such a small fairy with long hair pulled back with a tie, and Annabelle's has the same petal from her dress in her hair with a smaller green petal glued on top. They are all so unique.
Magical things just happen when everyone has a fairy. Out-of-town cousins got to make fairies with my girls' help this weekend too. Even a little white dogwood-boy fairy was made for my nephew Elliott. Kids can make these with a little help from you. They are really so magical to make.
What do you think? What flower would you use as a fairy??
Other "fairy-ing" happenings going on here:
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