Flower Fairies: A Pretty and Easy Project
The first time I saw a flower fairy was at a Christmas craft show. They were displayed as Christmas tree ornaments, and they were the cutest, most precious thing I had ever seen. I loved them on instinct, and apparently so did everybody else because when I came back later to get a second look at them they were all sold out. These fairies are beautiful and playful, and I will explain exactly how to make them.
For this unique project you will need a fake flower. The bigger the better, and it doesn’t matter what type of flower; you can make many different flower fairies to decorate your home. You will also need a wooden bead about the size of a nickel in diameter, paint, glue, ribbon, and a few pipe cleaners. You can also add beads and glitter to these dolls for added detail.
The first step is taking apart the flower. You will need to pull the tiny green plastic off of the bottom of the flower. You can also separate the petals and stamen or centerpiece of the flower. Remember to keep all off these pieces because you will use all of them.
Next paint a face on the wooden bead. You can start by painting 2 white dots for eyes. Next add a little blue dot to the center of the eyes, and paint a red heart shape for the mouth. After these colors have dried, paint an upturned nose by making a small half circle, and add eyelashes to the eyes and a black dot for the pupil. If you have some pink blush you can dab a little on the cheeks for a folk art effect.
To join the head to the body simply pull a pipe cleaner up through the face bead and attach the green part of the bottom of the flower to the top of the pipe cleaner like a hat. You can also stick a flower petal in between the head and the hat. Now twist the top of the pipe cleaner so that the bead is secure.
To make arms, legs, and a torso take another pipe cleaner and fold it in half twice. Wrap it around the top of the other pipe cleaner below the head. Slip the flower petals upside down onto the base of the pipe cleaner. Now take a third pipe cleaner and fold it in half and attach it to the part of the pipe cleaner underneath the flower.
Once you have all the basic pieces of your doll assembled there are still some finishing touches. In order to make the doll more stable and attractive, pull a few of the flower petals up and over the arms. Pinch these petals in the middle to create a waist and secure with ribbon and glue. Finally add leaves from the flower stems for wings and your fairy is done!
This is the basic technique for making these beautiful dolls, but you should feel free to expand on the idea.
Originally published at https://sarahganly.blogspot.com.