Fairy babies are a fun springtime surprise for children to find in the garden. They wait amongst the flowers, wearing little acorn bonnets, tucked snugly into colorful wool blankets. Each fairy baby takes only a couple of minutes to create, so you can make dozens and hide them just like Easter eggs.
Hot glue gun
Small wood bead
Permanent marker (if you want to draw a face)
First, fold a pipe wire in half and slide a wood bead over the wire. Bend a small piece of wire back to hold the head on — it will be covered by the acorn hat. Fold the wire in half again and again until you have about a two-inch body.
Next, wrap a long, thin piece of wool roving around the pipe wire several times. Secure by needle felting it into place.
Finally, hot glue the acorn hat on and draw a face if you like.
One spring morning several years ago, before my children woke, I hid some fairy babies in the garden. At breakfast, I told them a story that I had adapted from an old folktale called The Story of Fairy Tulips. We didn’t have tulips in our garden, so our story went a little like the following.
The Story of the Fairy Roses
Once upon a time there was a kind old woman who lived in a little cottage. She had in her garden a bed of beautiful roses.
One night she was wakened by the sounds of sweet singing and babies laughing. She looked out her window to the garden, where she thought the sound was coming from, but she saw nothing.
The next morning she walked among her roses but there was no sign of anyone having been there the night before.
Once more, the following night, she was wakened by the sound of sweet singing and babies laughing. She put on her robe and slippers and quietly walked into the garden, where the light of the moon shone brightly on the rose bed. The roses were swaying to and fro. The kind old woman looked closer and she saw, standing by each rose, a Fairy mother who was singing and rocking the rose like a cradle, while in each flower, lay a little Fairy baby, laughing and playing.
I never said anything to my children about the Fairy babies in our own garden. Later on, when they were playing outside that day, they found one, then another, and another. I pretended to be as surprised as they were and enjoyed very much the excitement on their faces as they showed them to me. I hope you can enjoy the same magic in your own garden with this simple seasonal craft.
Dawn Klinge is a mother of two who lives in Kirkland, Washington and blogs at Renaissance Mama.