This wonderful project is so much fun! We have been collecting many small nature treasures all autumn and now we are able to make these sweet fairies. These fairies are magical and as you start creating them they will come alive in your hands.
Glue gun (or craft glue)
Pinecones (many shapes and sizes)
Berries (I dried them out in autumn to use for winter crafts)
Beeswax (if you want to dip the fairy wings)
String or yarn
Felt, old sweater
Note: When we dipped the maple leaves in Autumn, I dipped the maple seeds as well. Dipping the seeds in beeswax helps prevent them from cracking and flaking apart. It will also make them easier should you need to trim them. Warming beeswax is so comforting and the smell is earthy, perfect for the winter season.
Have your materials out and ready. I went through everything and took a variety of things that I thought would work best. Have fun playing with different natural items. Be creative and enjoy!
First cut the branch approximately 1” in length. This will become the body. Twig stems will make really cute little arms. Make sure, of course, that children are at a safe distance.
Next, sand the rough sides down. If you want your fairies to stand, on some of the branches you will need to sand the bottom smooth and flat. Alternately you may just add yarn to hang. Experimenting with both is fun.
The bodies are now ready for the heads.
Head and Hat
This year we found most of the acorns and caps in pieces so I was able to play around with different shapes and sizes. For the boy fairy I used the flat side down to attach to the body. Once you have the perfect fit, glue the hat onto the acorn head.
Attach the head onto the body.
I love the look of the woodland fairy – already so sweet. We chose to add shoes to the fairy we knew was going to hang on the tree. We found these catkins that were perfect!
Next we chose a scarf, using a few different materials. We had some felt, roving and old wool sweater.
The string to hang was added next before some berries or decorations on the hat. The fairy hangs best if the string is on the hat. Be creative and have fun. This is where you really start creating characters for the woodland fairies.
We used pinecones and the caps of acorns for the body of the girl. For hanging fairies, the pinecones looked so sweet and gentle. The caps make perfect bodies for standing.
Head and Hat
When selecting the head for the girl fairy, I used the pointy side for the nose. I thought it gave the fairy a gentle look and made a nice contrast with the boy! So once you find a face and hat, it is time to glue them together. Next, glue the head onto the body.
I love the wings. You may need to cut them to shape to fit. I reduced the size and made the tip angle into the pinecone. With the acorn tops I trimmed them more flat to rest on top of the cap.
You and your children will have such fun playing with a variety of different natural items to find those that you love. On this one, we cut the tip off of a catkin to make a flower on her hat.
Berries are also wonderful to add, as they bring a spot of color to your fairies.
These sweet woodland fairies are now ready to join your nature table, Christmas tree, mantel or table. These woodland fairies are so joyful for the holiday season. Enjoy and many blessings!
For further fun, you can also create a winter woodland village!
Angela lives in Northern Colorado with her hubby and two children. They spend their days being out in nature, creating really cool things and enjoying weekly awesome adventures with their tribe. Her children Aidan (4) and Lilly (2) inspire her to enjoy the simple pleasure of life! NoCo Nature Tribe