I made these one winter day when it was just too cold to go out, and the dreary dark days seemed never ending. They are simple, simple enough for a child to help with and use very few items to create. What I love about them is the movement. The weight of the bead on top gives it enough stability so as not to blow wildly but rather allows them to dance and twirl effortlessly on the slightest breeze. These hang above our table and the heat of the candles at mealtimes makes them dance. These would be lovely for a mobile in a child’s room or hanging from a branch attached to a ceiling.
White soft, downy feathers ( you don’t want the stiff ones for this)
A small wooden bead
White iridescent rose petals ( can be found in the bridal/wedding section of most craft stores) or small bit of white tulle
White sewing thread
Begin by sorting through and picking out the feathers that are on the bigger side. The soft downy craft feathers can be a bit smaller and you want ones that are more substantial.
Now taking a fairly long piece of thread (you could also use invisible thread for this), make a loop and knot at the end. Now thread this loop through your needle. This will allow you to sew and hang all in one.
To make the wings, you will need two rose petals. Take one of the rose petals and fold it in half. Take the second and do the same. Now join the two narrower sides and slightly overlap them. Lightly stitch them together at the overlap to make it easier to attach them to the feather.
Now sew them onto the feather by making an “x” over and around the feather a few times.
These are meant to be displayed, not really played with so they don’t need to be super secure, just tacked on. All that is left now is to add the bead for the head. Run the needle up to the top of the feather and thread the bead through. Push the bead lightly down the feather.
If you would like to secure the bead, you can add a touch of hot glue here, but I just leave them. As I said before, these are meant for display, not for play. However, if you are using them as a child’s mobile, you will want to make certain they are secure.
You now have a snow fairy to dance and frolic for you, and you never have to worry about them melting.
Jennifer DeWolfe lives in beautiful Wakefield Quebec with her husband and two little boys. When not off fighting dragons, launching rockets and exploring the forest near her home, she can be found cooking, knitting, baking, crafting, dancing, and sewing alongside her little guys. She blogs about her adventures at Dark Blue Dragon.