One consideration that has been coming to mind for me lately is the crap that goes into a lot of craft projects (excuse my French). Over the years, I’ve done a lot of traditional craft projects with my children that use plastic cups, acrylic paints, store-bought pom poms, plastic beads, polymer clay, etc. Recently, I have been thinking about how much waste is created just from all of the craft projects that children in the united States make each year. So, this week, I took a vow to make our craft projects from biodegradable materials whenever possible. I will admit that I used a hot glue gun to attach everything to make these fairies last week and now I wish I hadn’t. At the time, it provided instant gratification for Sola and myself, but in the future, I’m going to try to use more natural paste products and we will just have to learn to be more patient to allow things to dry (we both could benefit from learning to be more patient and less focused on instant gratification).To make our fairies we started with a cone and then glued a wood bead to the cone for a head. We used 3/4” beads for the fairy pictured here, which was made with a fir cone, but used 1” beads for some pine cone fairies, and 1/2” beads for some tiny cones that we had found.We then attached maple seeds for the wings. For other fairies, we used leaves for the wings, but I recommend preserving leaves with beeswax or vegetable glycerin beforehand (both of these methods preserve the leaves, but allow the leaves to retain their pliability much more so than pressed leaves). Otherwise, your fairy wings will look pretty sad by the next day, which ours did.We then glued some wool roving to the top of the bead for hair.Finally, we glued an acorn cap to the top of the fairies hair as a hat.Thus, our fairy was complete. We did not attach any strings to hang our fairies, as we made them to decorate our seasonal table. Sola took quite a long time setting up the fairies’ home on our seasonal table, as you can see in the top photo.
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