First I have to apologize for the tutorial photos. It was a rainy day, Jilly had just woken up from a nap and I was rushing to make the fairy before she started crying. So the pictures are badly lit and somewhat blurry, but you can still see what I’m doing, so I’m just going to go with it!
Pipe cleaners, faux flowers, embroidery floss, scissors (My scissors are from Cutco so they’re really sturdy. You may want to grab some wire snips if you don’t think your scissors are up to the job.), tulle, thread, fine-tip sharpie marker, wood beads (mine came in an assortment pack from Walmart and had just the perfect bead for the head!) bells (optional), hot glue gun, and embellishments. I used buttons, sequins, multi-colored rhinestones and some little papery flowers that came in a scrapbook kit.
Choose a pipe cleaner for the body. Cut a third of it off the end. (that will be the arms) Bend the remaining piece in half, that will be the body and legs.
Wrap a length of embroidery floss around your fingers and snip the end off. Six or seven times should do it. I really loved how the variegated thread looks.
Take a length of tulle (mine were in strips from another project and worked just right for this.) about 2 inches wide and 20 inches long. Fold it in half, then in half again.
Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Run it through the middle of the folded tulle.Pull the thread tight, run the needle back through the other way, and tie a knot to secure.
Trim the excess off the ends and pull the layers apart a bit. Wings!
Strip the petals off a faux flower.
Assemble all your bits and pieces for the fairy.
Place the loops of embroidery floss in the fold of the body portion of pipe cleaner.
Push a wooden bead up the legs so it is up pinching the hair into place. It’s fine if the hair stands straight up, we’ll ‘style’ it later. If your bead is a tad too big just use a bit of hot glue to hold it in place under the hair.
Place the arms behind the body and twist each side 360 degrees around the body.
Pinch the ends up, then fold them in again to make hands that don’t have a sharp edge.
Thread the petals of the flower up onto the fairy. Make sure to alternate the petal spacing a bit so your fairy is decently clothed.
Thread two small bells, or 1 big one, up the fairy’s legs right up to the petals. This will help hold the petals in place, otherwise they have a tendency to fall back down. I also used some of the other wooden beads in my assortment when I ran out of bells. Then fold her feet up the same way you did the hands. No sharp edges, please!
Pinch the petals of the skirt down and out of the way and put a dab of glue on her back to attach the wings to.
After you attach the wings you can add a little embellishment, I used a sequin.
Flip your fairy over and add some embellishment to her ‘bodice’, I used a large rhinestone.
Use your scissors to snip the loops of her hair in half.
Hold her wings out of the way and run some hot glue around the base of her hair. Carefully push her hair down over the glue to secure.
Repeat with the sides of her head.
Use your sharpie to give her some eyes and a mouth. Be careful not to touch her face after this. The sharpie will set after about an hour, but I’d wait at least 24 before giving her to a small child who might be heartbroken if her fairy’s face gets smudged!
Use some embellishments to create a little hat. I used a paper flower, button and a sequin.
Fluff her wings back up and adjust her skirt if you need to, and voila! A beautiful, little flower fairy!
Then go crazy and create a flock of fairies! I really loved the ones made from hydrangea petals! They look like little blue tutus! And don’t forget to make use of the greenery that comes on the stem, and the plastic whatchamacallit at the base of the flower petals. (I’m sure it has a name, I just don’t know what it is and am too lazy to go look it up.)
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