One of the great unexpected joys of parenting is watching my children play. My daughter, Fiona, is so imaginative, weaving intricate stories with her dolls and animals. Leading up to her third birthday, many of her stories centered around the adventures of her finger puppet fairies. For her birthday party, I wanted her imagined world to come alive. With that idea in mind, I planned her a Spring Fairy Party!
The party started with a little puppet show I wrote to introduce the kids to Fiona’s secret fairy world. My eight-year-old stepson, Elijah, played the part of the mischievous Summer Fairy, Sam.
The Search for Fairy Crystals
Winter Fairy: Hello, Children! I am Susan, the Winter Fairy. I am mother of all the fairies. I heard that it was Fiona’s birthday, so I created this beautiful fairy crystal necklace to give her. Here, my child! Now, let me introduce you all to my daughter, the Spring Fairy. It is Spring, after all!
Spring Fairy: Hey, kids! I’m Rosie, the Spring Fairy and I have little gifts for all of you! I gathered more fairy crystals like the one in Fiona’s necklace. I was going to just give them to each of you, but my very mischievous brother, Sam, the Summer Fairy, hid them! Didn’t you Sam?
Summer Fairy: Yes! I hid them in the back garden. You’ll never find them!
Winter Fairy: Oh, Sam! These are some very clever children. I’m sure they will find the fairy crystals! Maybe I should send my daughter, Genevieve, the Autumn Fairy, to help you all!
Autumn Fairy: Yes! Yes! I’ll help you kids find the crystals! Come on, let’s go in the back garden and look!
The children were completely engrossed in the play. After listening, they ran off excitedly to look for the magic fairy crystals hidden throughout the garden. As each child brought the crystal to me, I gave them a little fabric bag to keep it safe and presented them with an official fairy wand. Now they are fairies, too!
These wands were quick to put together and made perfect favors so each little guest could bring a piece of the magic home with them.
Making them was a family affair. Fiona and and her grandmother gathered the sticks. My husband sawed and sanded them. Then I did the frilly, fun parts: the wool felt stars and ribbon.
Fiona’s Fairy Wands
Hot Glue Gun
:: Gather dry sticks about ½” – ¾” in diameter.
:: Saw the sticks into 1’ pieces.
:: Sand the wood enough to smooth it, but not take off the bark.
:: Cut out two felt stars using the pdf pattern.
:: Line up and stack the stars and pin in place. Using a running stitch, sew the two stars together, leaving a 1” hole on the bottom.
:: Tie your ribbon around the top of the stick and hot glue in place.
:: Add some more hot glue to the top of the stick and slip the felt star on top.
If you are making these wands as favors, you will be left with a good amount of felt scraps. They are too pretty not to use, so of course, you must make a felt scrap garland! The project took only 20 minutes, start to finish. All I did was go through my scraps and cut them down so that they were all a somewhat uniform size. Then I sewed them all together. Done!
Once all the children had their crystals and wands in-hand, the children created their own fairy head wreaths.
Once all the children had their crystals and wands in-hand, they created their own fairy head wreaths. For these, I simply punched two small holes in a basket full of paper flowers and cut thin green ribbon into 18” long pieces for each guest. The children laced the ribbon through the holes in the flowers then tied the two ends of the ribbon in a bow. They created some beautiful patterns and color schemes.
It was truly a magical day for my sweet girl.
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Miranda Wulff Altschuler is mama to Fiona and Elsa, stepmama to Elijah, and wife to Sheldon. When she is not playing, making things and wandering the neighborhood with her girls, she creates custom house illustrations which she sells through her Etsy Shop, House Love Shop. Learn more about Miranda’s adventures in natural family living, learning and creativity on her blog, Miranda Makes.