This week, Sola’s Girl Scout troop is having an Easter/Spring celebration and the troop leader asked us parents to try to come up with some crafts for the girls to do. The troop is an all-ages Girl Scout troop, which I really like, but it does make coming up with a craft that is appropriate and fun for all the girls to be a little more challenging. I decided last week that I would love to teach the girls how to make a flower fairy, but had to come up with a way that was portable and doable for the younger girls. So this weekend, Sola, Secunda, and I made some flower fairies and worked out some of the kinks in my plans. Here is how we made them:
- One 1” unfinished wooden bead with a hole on the top and bottom
- One pipe cleaner
- 3 colors of embroidery floss (one for the hair, one for a shirt, and one for leggings)
- A variety of artificial flower petals
- Colored pencils or paint pens
To get artificial flower petals, I bought artificial flowers from Michael’s that were on clearance. I separated the flower from the stem with wire cutters.
The flowers then came apart into several layers, except for a couple of flowers, which had the layers glued together. I discarded the plastic pieces, though those could be used to make hats or something.
Now take your pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Insert the folded half into your bead like this:
Then take the embroidery floss that you want to use for hair and wrap it around your hand several times, as shown in the picture below. Remove the floss and cut one or both ends of the circle that was formed by your hand, depending on how long you want your fairy’s hair to be (it should be twice as long as you want the hair as each piece will cover both side of the head). You should be left with a bunch of strands of floss of the same length.
Thread the floss strands through the folded portion of your pipe cleaner that is sticking out of the top of the wooden bead, centering the strands so that the hair falls evenly on both sides of the pipe cleaner and bead. Now pull the pipe cleaner a bit such that it is fairly flush with the top of the bead.
Feel free to experiment with the length of the hair. Secunda opted to make shorter hair. If you make even shorter hair than this and pull the pipe cleaner part way into the head bead, it will stick up, making “boy fairy” hair.
Twist the pipe cleaner a couple of times around the bottom of the bead for the neck. Bend each side of the pipe cleaner out and back in to make arms. Twist the pipe cleaner a couple of more times for the torso.
At the bottom of the two sides of the pipe cleaner bend the ends backwards to make feet.
Put a dab of glue on one “hand” and stick an end of the floss that you are going to use for the shirt on to the glue. Begin wrapping the arm, starting at the hand, being sure to cover all the fluff. Finish wrapping the first arm, then wrap the torso. Finally, wrap the other arm. Glue the end of the floss down to the other hand.Cut a small slit into the center of the flower petals you want to use to make the fairy’s skirt. Just make the hole big enough that you can slide both fairy legs through the hole (it will stretch some, so it does not need to be very big.
Now slide the fairy’s legs through the flower petal. If you are going to use multiple flower petals, first slide the petal you want on top of the skirt.Once you have the skirt on, flip the petals up, out of the way of the legs. Now wrap the legs, just like you did with the arms, starting at one foot and gluing the end down. Work your way up one leg and then down the other, securing the second end of the floss on to the second foot with glue. The legs will not be visible much.
Use pencils or paint pens to draw a face on your fairy.
To cover the end of the pipe cleaner on the top of the head and to fill out the hair more, wrap floss around your hand again and make some more hair. Glue this to the center of the head.
You can glue two individual flower petals, cut from a large flower, to make wings for your fairy. Glue them to the fairy’s back.
You can also glue flowers to the fairy’s head for a hat.Now let your fairy dry for a bit, then go have some fun with it!