How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

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How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

These last two weeks have been full of snow and ice days and freezing cold no-school days.* I haven’t gotten much done but it was (mostly) okay because the kids and I have been able to make flower fairies and fairy houses, play games, read books, and paint ourselves into warmer weather.

I got to be a kid beside my daughters as we all made flower fairies (and fairy worlds). Here’s how we made them…

*The part of me that lived for years in New England laughs at the part of me that wimps out at this bit of “real” winter weather (and at school cancellations over seemingly nothing). But then I moved south to get away from the cold and ice.

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls from Wood Clothespins

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

This is not my idea, by the way. Daphne made one of these flower fairies in her preschool class last month as part of their unit on magical creatures. We all loved the flower fairy she brought home and Daphne wanted to make friends for hers while Maia and I wanted to try our own hands at making them.

So we did!

Materials for Flower Fairy Dolls

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Drawing a Face on a Flower Fairy Peg Doll

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Draw a face and hair on your clothespin with a Sharpie marker. (You can also add your face last, as Maia did.)

Adding a Skirt to the Flower Fairy Dolls

2. Add a skirt. Cut a hole in the center of an artificial flower, so that you can slip it over the doll as a skirt. Add a ring of hot glue at the waist then slip the skirt up (or down) so the “waistband” connects with the glue.

A flower petal skirt for the flower fairy doll

You can add additional flower petal layers, either the entire flower petals or cut off individual petals or parts of petals, to design your flower fairy clothes as you like.

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

3. Add a bodice to your flower fairy’s dress. You can do this with a flower petal (or section of a flower petal) wrapped around the torso and secured with hot glue as Daphne and I did…

Using Fabric Tape for the Flower Fairy Dolls

…or with fabric tape as Maia did.

Use Artificial Flower Petals to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

4. Glue flower petals wings on to the back of the flower fairies.

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

5. Add a flower headdress, crown, hat, or hair by gluing small flowers to the head. Or beads, sequins, stamens from your artificial flowers, etc. (If you didn’t draw a face and hair on before, you can do that now.)

Crayola Air Dry Clay

6. If you want your flower fairies to stand up, you can make stands for them with air dry clay. Simply roll a one-inch ball of air dry clay, smush it slightly, and press the fairies feet firmly into the clay. Let dry for a day or two (if you’re patient enough).

Flower Fairy Dolls in the Wooden Castle

Now you’re ready to play with your new flower fairy dolls!

(This is the wooden castle pictured, btw. I always get questions about it…)

Maia Making Flower Fairy Dolls

MORE NOTES ::

Artificial flowers are great for this because they have structure to hold their shape. And because the edges are finished and won’t fray. No need to sew.

On hot glue gun use :: Maia, my 9 year old, did all her own hot gluing. I did the hot gluing part for Daphne, my 5 year old. While she knows how to use a hot glue gun and does it herself for some projects, she didn’t feel comfortable doing it for this one and because theirs some manipulating of fabric over the hot glue (and hence, greater chance of burned fingers) I agreed that it might be a better task for an adult or older child.

We used Crayola Air Dry Clay because we had some on hand, it’s easy to use, and it’s heavy enough to support the dolls. You could also use homemade air dry clay, Sculpt-It!, or even a non-drying modeling clay, but not Model Magic (which would be too lightweight).

Flower Fairies Square Collage

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    Barb
    March 1, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    We’ve made similar fairies but used a wooden bead for the head and a pipecleaner body. Same use of artificial flowers and no real need for glue guns. You can wrap the pipecleaner arms and legs in wool roving, if you like, or leave them plain. We left ours mostly ‘faceless’ (Waldorf-style) but your faces are cute. We also found that acorn tops make perfect little hats to top the project off! Paint them silver or gold for royalty! Salley Mavor’s book “Wee Folk Art” is great inspiration for crafts like this.

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    Julia
    March 4, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I so love these dolls! My favorite part is you stuck them in the clay so they can stand. So smart. I have my own little winged girl who would love some of these. I think we will have to make some for her birthday that is coming up.

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